Review: 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 the truth might be the most terrifying thing of all.
I got approved to review this book via NetGalley but I didn't download it in time and had to end up buying the book. Now for the price of the book being $11.99 that is WAY to much to be spending on just a kindle e-book. But I bit the bullet and went ahead and got it so I could leave my review.
I did enjoy this story more than I expected to. The only problems I had with it was the fact that things felt repeated. Toni's parents do not understand her, she is moving out, she smokes weed. I understood the need to put it in the story but sometimes too many times is enough.
Toni is a young teenage girl who has a normal life that is until it all changed on That Night.
Toni is being bullied by the people who she thought was her friend but they are more than just bullies and we learn all this as time goes on.
We learn from the beginning that Nicole Toni's sister is murder and that Toni is in prison for doing it though she swears by her innocence.
The book starts off strong and keeps you wanting to find out who the the killer is. What secrets are being hidden.
We go back and forth between the present of Toni being in prison to the past of how she ended up there. When we are in the past we learn that Toni is not a goody-two shoes. She smokes weed, she hangs out with her boyfriend a bit too much and her and her mother can not get along.
I can honestly say I did not like Toni's mother from the beginning. She just seems to harbor hate for Toni because Toni is not this perfect child. As we see what Toni goes through her mother is not here to support her, and it drove me mad. It was like she never wanted to believe Toni on anything even when she told on Nicole. It was like nope nothing is wrong with your sister it is all you. Especially the ending I wanted to smack her mother upside the head.
Toni and Ryan end up trying to figure out who put them behind bars and it will be the one you least expect I will give you that. I totally didn't see it coming or the secret that came out and I enjoyed that in this book. I liked this author's sense of writing and I will be checking out more of her stories.
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 for a 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.
Please visit her at www.chevystevens.com.