Review: That Night by Chevy Stevens

That Night by Chevy Stevens
St. Martin’s Press., 2014

Description (from amazon.com)

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.

My Review (5 Stars: Loved it!)

In That Night by Chevy Stevens, high school student, Toni is mercilessly bullied by a group of girls.  Toni and her boyfriend Ryan are then convicted of the gruesome murder of Toni’s sister.  They are both sent to prison.  They are released 15 years later.  While on parole they are prohibited from seeing each other.  Toni tries  her best to get on with her life, but returns to her hometown and trouble for her begins again.

Toni’s personality, in general, shows a lot of spunk.  She is a fighter, but at the same time wants to stay out of trouble.  This story is riveting while the threat of going back to jail looms large.

That Night by Chevy Stevens shows, very well, the extent of devastation teenage gangs and bullying can cause.  We also see the painful devastation that bullying causes in jail.

As always, a great She Reads’ selection.

About the author (from the author’s website)ChevyStevens30

CHEVY STEVENS grew up on a ranch on Vancouver Island and still calls the island home. For most of her adult life she worked in sales, first as a rep fora giftware company and then as a Realtor. While holding an open house one afternoon, she had a terrifying idea that became the inspiration for Still Missing. Chevy eventually sold her house and left real estate so she could finish the book. Still Missing went on to become a New York Times bestseller and win the International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel. Chevy’s books have been optioned for movies and are published in more than thirty countries.

Chevy enjoys writing thrillers that allow her to blend her interest in family dynamics with her love of the west coast lifestyle. When she’s not working on her next book, she’s camping and canoeing with her husband and daughter in the local mountains.


 Note: That Night by Chevy Stevens is the July Book Club Selection for She Reads. You can go to theSheReads’, July Book Club Selection page, to find links to additional reviews on this book and enter their contest to receive one of five free copies of this book.

I would like to thank Chevy Stevensthe She Reads Organization and the publisher, St. Martin’s Press for providing me with this book, free of charge, for review.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher, St. Martin’s Press as a member of the She Reads Network. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

13 thoughts on “Review: That Night by Chevy Stevens”

  1. I’ve been wanting to read Chevy Stevens… this sounds like a great place to start! Thanks for your review.

  2. I read her other couple of books. She is a fairly new author, but if you like contemporary fiction with suspense, she does a good job. Can’t wait to get this one, wasn’t at my library today. Have a good week.

  3. I’m in the middle of this one. I like it but it’s easy for me to put down and not pick up for some reason. Maybe that will change.

  4. I have loved every book by this author. I can’t wait until the next one!I love the plots, the characters, and the settings of the books, etc….and I am a big fan of the Vancouver/Seattle areas. Thanks for sharing, Pat.

  5. This sounds like a great book, I just read a review of it on Krisitina’s blog Always with a Book as well. I am not sure if it is for me, but If I read too many more reviews of it I think it just might hook me in!

  6. This sounds like it would be a good read, a real page-turner. I’ve read a book about teenage bullying recently, it’s really a sad thing and if not dealt with it can really turn into something ugly. I think I’ll consider reading this one.

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