Monday, July 7, 2014

That Night by Chevy Stevens

Publish June 17, 2014 by St. Martin’s Press

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.

My Thoughts:

Oh, how the emotions poured as I read this book.  There were times I was worried about Toni and her friendships and relationship with her parents.  There were times I had tears with the way Toni was being treated and how the death of her sister changed her path in life.   There were times I was happy for Toni and proud of how she was handling the rough hand she was dealt.   This was a quick read, I could not stand to put it down.   I had to know what was going to happen next, would Toni ever be released from prison? 
I have always loved a bad boy, Ryan fit that perfectly.   The fact that Toni had a good family upbringing and was attracted to this bad boy made her so relatable to me.   I disliked, but understood, that Ryan was a bad boy, in some part, due to his parent’s history, but there were things he did himself that gave him that label also.   Toni and Ryan’s relationship was great.   The sneaking out, the making out, and the teenage love between them was so real.   I remember the first boy I thought I loved and could imagine all that I would have done to be able to see him.   

I would recommend That Night to anyone looking for a fast paced thriller that is also a quick read.  

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  1. I was never attracted to the bad boys so can't really relate to Toni on that level, however, I sure do get fired up when the system incarcerates innocent people. I'm reading this now and enjoying it so far. My husband read it and liked it so recommended it to me.

  2. I didn't love the bad boy aspect but I totally got Toni. She made some really bad choices but in no way did she deserve the punishment she received for a crime she didn't commit. I liked this book a lot, too.