Thursday, June 19, 2014

That Night

Chevy Stevens

As a teenager, Toni Murphy had a life full of typical adolescent complications: a boyfriend she adored, a younger sister she couldn’t relate to, a strained relationship with her parents, and classmates who seemed hell-bent on making her life miserable. Things weren’t easy, but Toni could never have predicted how horrific they would become until her younger sister was brutally murdered one summer night.

Toni and her boyfriend, Ryan, were convicted of the murder and sent to prison.

Now thirty-four, Toni, is out on parole and back in her hometown, struggling to adjust to a new life on the outside. Prison changed her, hardened her, and she’s doing everything in her power to avoid violating her parole and going back. This means having absolutely no contact with Ryan, avoiding fellow parolees looking to pick fights, and steering clear of trouble in all its forms. But nothing is making that easy—not Ryan, who is convinced he can figure out the truth; not her mother, who doubts Toni's innocence; and certainly not the group of women who made Toni's life hell in high school and may have darker secrets than anyone realizes. No matter how hard she tries, ignoring her old life to start a new one is impossible. Before Toni can truly move on, she must risk everything to find out what really happened that night.

But in That Night by Chevy Stevens, the truth might be the most terrifying thing of all (from Netgalley)

My Thoughts
Toni Murphy and her boyfriend Ryan were convicted of murdering Toni’s younger sister Nicole. Did they really do it?


When we first meet Toni, she is just being released from prison. The following chapters alternate between the time leading up to Nicole’s murder and Toni’s time in jail. The last part of the story has to do with Toni’s time after she has been released.

This was a well written story. It hooked me from the start. I thought there was a good level of suspense. I have always enjoyed Ms. Steven’s writing and this book is another example of why. She presents realistic characters (boy - did I want to smack some of the teenage girls in the story) and knows how to hold the reader’s attention.

My thanks to St. Marten’s Press, via Netgalley, for allowing me to read this in wxchange for an unbiased review.

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