That Night by Chevy Stevens (audio)

Source: Public Library
Audiobook, 9 CDs
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That Night by Chevy Stevens, narrated by Jorjeana Marie, explores the life of a wrongly convicted teens, Toni Murphy and her boyfriend Ryan.  Toni and Ryan are sent to prison for murdering Toni’s sister, and as Toni has to adjust to life in prison, she forces herself to cut herself off from Ryan’s love and support and her own family just to survive.  Mix sister relationships with school bullies and you’ve got a serious mess, especially when a former friend is jealous that Toni and Ryan have a solid relationship that cannot be broken up so easily.

Stevens tells Toni’s story alternating between the present when she’s already in prison and the past before the death of her sister, which adds to the suspense about what happened “that night.”  The characters are dynamic enough to keep readers caring, even when Toni is hit with everything but the kitchen sink.  She’s the punching bag of this novel, and in many ways, it’s hard to believe that so much bad could happen to one person, especially with none the wiser.  Shauna is her worst nightmare, with her cop of a father who is blissfully ignorant of his daughter’s drug and alcohol abuse. 

After 15 years in prison, how will Toni acclimate to life on the outside, get a job, and move on from a past so hurtful  that it can never be fixed.  She cannot have contact with convicted felons, which means no rekindling her relationship with Ryan, her co-defendant.  When he wants to find the real killers and bring them to justice, Toni has to make a choice: move on without everything she had and never find her sister’s real killers or join up with Ryan and find the truth and risk her freedom.  The narration is perfect for both male and female characters, as Marie emotes really well through her words.

That Night by Chevy Stevens, narrated by Jorjeana Marie, is the thrilling suspense novel readers will love.  Stevens has redeemed herself with this heart-wrenching novel about a young girl who is lost and bullied with no where to turn.  When her life is shattered to bits, readers will see what kind of strength it takes to bounce back and live life and make peace with the past.

Rating: Quatrain

About the Author:

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. At open houses, waiting between potential buyers, she spent hours scaring herself with thoughts of horrible things that could happen to her. Her most terrifying scenario, which began with being abducted, was the inspiration for STILL MISSING. After six months Chevy sold her house and left real estate so she could finish the book.

Chevy enjoys writing thrillers that allow her to blend her interest in family dynamics with her love of the west coast lifestyle. When she’s not working on her next book, she’s camping and canoeing with her husband and daughter in the local mountains.

Other Reviews:

  • Anna (Diary of an Eccentric)

    If I decide to give her books another try, I’ll be sure to go with this one!

  • bermudaonion(Kathy)

    I can’t believe I still haven’t read one of her books. I need to get with it!

  • I have this in my TBR stack, I just haven’t picked it up yet.

  • I’ve read only good things about this book. I imagine that as a mother of a teen girl I would find this book heart-wrenching to read.

    • This is tough because the POV is the daughter accused of killing her sister and she perceives her mother views her as a screwup and prefers the dead sister.

  • Sounds like a really good story but it’s so hard to read books about so many bad things happening to a person!

    • It is tough to take, but I can see how this one worked. I’ve liked this one much more than some of her others.