This very atmospheric thriller is a throwback for a few different reasons. The main one being that I was Toni!
I was that angsty, grunge kid (then goth) who fought with her mother, was desperately in love, and couldn’t wait to get out on my own! Obviously I didn’t go to prison wrongly accused of murder, but reading Toni’s flashbacks was very personal for me because in some ways it was like walking down memory lane.
That Night (Release Date: June 2014)
They said she was a murderer.
They said she killed her sister.
But they lied.
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.
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This is the first book I’ve read by fellow Canuck, Chevy Stevens and it won’t be my last. This book was an impulse buy and I so glad because it was fantastic! Dark, gritty, and as I mentioned before, very atmospheric. Every scene easily visualized thanks to the author’s attention to detail.
Additionally, the writing was raw and imposing just as the protagonist “Toni” becomes while serving time for the murder of her little sister, knowing that she and her boyfriend are innocent and the real murderer is still out there. I really enjoyed this added edge because this is not a happy story.
Overall, I found this to be a very entertaining read with lots of suspense and a very twisty ending. I look forward to reading more from this author.