Sunday, July 27, 2014

That Night, Chevy Stevens

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Synopsis: 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.

Thoughts: This was a great mystery/suspense novel. The main character and her boyfriend were convicted of murdering her younger sister, and spent 15 years in prison. When they get out, they work to try to find the actual killer/killers. For most of the book,the perspective switches back and forth between the time period of the murder and present day, so that we get a complete picture of the situation.

Some of the most emotional scenes were between Toni and her parents--my heart broke for all of them. The story moved slowly in places, but for the most part the pace was perfect.

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