Review: That Night – Guest Reviewer

August 11, 2014 book review, Guest Post, Judy Walters, She Reads 2

That Night

  • Written By:  Chevy Stevens
  • Published By:  St. Martin’s Press, June 17, 2014
  • Length: 384 Pages
  • Source:  Publisher as part of She Reads Blog Network.

Summary:  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.(Goodreads)

Judy’s Thoughts:  As a writer and avid reader, one thing that’s always important to me is voice. Does the voice sound authentic? Can I buy that the narrator and main characters sound the way I’d expect them to, regardless of who they are?

In THAT NIGHT, the answer is yes.  That Night is the story of a teenage girl, not a bad girl but definitely not an altogether good one, who is framed for the murder of her younger sister. After being released from doing fifteen years in prison, she decides to find out what really happened.  What works so well in this novel is the authentic voice Chevy Stevens keeps throughout the novel, even as she switches between time frames — the year of the murder, when our main character, Toni, is eighteen,  and fifteen years later, when she is an adult, trying to make her way back into the world.  Her teenage voice is solid and strong, and the adult who never really grew all the way out of that teen voice is steady and calm, but carries the young girl inside her. This is a quick read, great for a day at the beach or during a long-ish flight.  Chevy Stevens definitely does not disappoint in this third novel!
Judy Mollen Walters is the author of Child of Mine (2013) and The Opposite of Normal (February, 2014).
Thank you again Judy!!  Nothing like a friend who reads even more than you do.  This  book has had so many solid positive reviews, I hope you’ll pick up a copy!

 

2 Responses to “Review: That Night – Guest Reviewer”

  1. Rita @ My Home of Books

    I have had this on my wishlist for quite a while, and I really should be picking it up shortly, since so many people are liking it. Thanks for your guest review, and Anita, best wishes again!

  2. lisa

    I think I’m the only one who didn’t love this book – I really didn’t care of it. I’m glad it worked for you.

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