That Night by Chevy Stevens
Published by St. Martin´s Press on June 17, 2014
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 ReviewHer tone is steady but very haunting and she shows the small town life to its fullest.
Her way of building up the tension chapter by chapter is just fantastic and at some point the reader gets kind of a clue who the real bad guy is in this brilliant thriller.
The author shows in a very thrilling way how the two main figures fight to proof their innocence, what huge impact that bloody night had on Toni´s family and the social life of her and her boyfriend. But not everything is going smooth when they both get out of prison. Someone does everything to get them into trouble again and it becomes very clear that Toni and Ryan have an enemy for life.
The reader gets not only involved in a great story where a psychological finesse takes place in a very brilliant way, but also meets characters who have to fight their way back into a small town they both call their home. Toni wants nothing more but to live her life as normal and as under the police radar as possible. But when she has to realize that someone does everything to bring her behind bars again, she stands up and fights. The way how she does that shows a lot of emotions and what it can mean when you come across the plans of others only because you´ve got something, they never will: Love.
Racking jealousy, overwhelming hate, passion, fear, sadness, enviousness and chill throw the different characters together; create a lot of pain and a story that gives the reader not only the creeps but also a fantastic reading time.
Chevy Stevens hasn´t only written her thriller in a great way, she also knows how to create characters that are profound in their hate as well as in their actions. Her figures show an incredible inner strength and from time to time you´re asking yourself who the one is who´s still imprisoned. `Cause after a while you´ll get the impression, that Toni and Ryan aren´t the ones anymore. Even on parole, they seem to be freer than anyone else - one figure in particular. Every page of this book shows how deep and dark a soul can become and that sometimes the real prison lays within a person itself.
Chevy Stevens is the author of Still Missing and Never Knowing. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a realtor. When she held open houses, she had a lot of time waiting by herself between potential buyers, and Stevens would spend this time scaring herself with all the things that could happen to her. The most terrifying scenario she thought up became the story behind Still Missing. Stevens grew up on a ranch on Vancouver Island, and she still calls the island home. When she´s not writing, she´s hiking with her husband and her dog in the local mountains.