REVIEW:THAT NIGHT BY CHEVY STEVENS

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FROM GOODREADS:

 

They said she was a murderer.

They said she killed her sister.

But they lied.

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 the truth might be the most terrifying thing of all.

 

MY REVIEW:

Chevy Stevens has a talent for creating gripping plot lines and books that practically demand to be read in one sitting –and THAT NIGHT is no exception. Stevens reels in her readers with quite a hook.

Toni doesn’t get along with her mother and to make matters worse…she is on the wrong side of the hot girl clique at school. Shauna, head bully and pack leader, used to be Toni’s BFF, but due to a squabble over a boy and Shauna’s sneaky tricks, Toni is tortured daily by this girl pack of bullies. When they suddenly adopt Nicole, Toni’s younger sister, the bullying becomes almost unbearable. Toni is always wrong, Nicole always right, and their mom is in constant denial of Nicole’s covert activities. Then Nicole is brutally murdered and Toni’s life changes forever.

Toni Murphy, now thirty-four, is released from Vancouver’s Rockland Penitentiary for the murder of her younger sister, Nicole. She has maintained not only her innocence – but also that of her co-defendant and high school sweetheart, Ryan, through all this time.

THAT NIGHT is told in alternate chapters moving between the present when Toni and Ryan are both out of prison and on parole and the time of the murder seventeen years before. The difference between the narration for the two times frames is noticeable, from a scared and confused teen Toni (past) to a strong and determine women who only wants to get her life back (present). Ryan is determined to find out who really killed Nicole. At first, Toni is all for following the rules, staying away from Ryan, and doing anything she can to keep from going back to prison. But when the pattern of harassment begins again, she knows she has to find out what really happened all those years ago in order to have a real life.

THAT NIGHT is a real page-turner. I couldn’t put it down until I knew what had happened. Fans of psychological mysteries will enjoy this one. THAT NIGHT is so well written, that even though it jumps back and forth between the present and the past, it is still easy to follow. Toni’s life both in and out of prison is interesting, and I was pulling for her to get to live a normal life after having lost so much and been through so many struggles. THAT NIGHT is a suspenseful tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final pages. I highly recommend THAT NIGHT!

 

KK~more to life~_Susan

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