I've been a fan of Chevy Stevens since her first book and I've loved every one since; they are always engrossing and explosive with an unpredictable ending. Her latest, about a woman wrongly convicted of her sister's murder, jumps back and forth in time, from her present-day search for the true killer, to the days leading up to the murder. That Night is not only a gripping mystery, but a discomfiting look at the flawed justice system. The book is set in Canada, but the miscarriages of justice within could easily have taken place here (remember the West Memphis Three?). This is one to read and think about and discuss--I'd recommend Stevens to fans of Gillian Flynn and Jennifer McMahon!— LAUREN'S STAFF PICKS
July 2014 Indie Next List
“What happens if you are a teenager accused of a murder you didn't commit, the town considers you no good, and your parents agree with them? For Toni Murphy the nightmare is only beginning. She is now out on parole and with the help of her boyfriend is looking for her sister's killers. This book is a rollercoaster of suspense and when the truth is finally revealed it is a relief, but then there is yet one more unexpected twist. What a ride!”
— Janice Hunsche, Kaleidosaurus Books, Fishers, IN
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 in That Night by Chevy Stevens, the truth might be the most terrifying thing of all.
About the Author
Chevy Stevens is the author of Still Missing and Never Knowing. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a realtor. When she held open houses, she had a lot of time waiting by herself between potential buyers, and Stevens would spend this time scaring herself with all the things that could happen to her. The most terrifying scenario she thought up became the story behind Still Missing. Stevens grew up on a ranch on Vancouver Island, and she still calls the island home. When she’s not writing, she’s hiking with her husband and her dog in the local mountains.
“A thriller that will grip you from page one.” —Harlan Coben
“Fast-paced and thought-provoking, That Night is a taut psychological thriller which skillfully explores bullying in its most terrifying forms. From the high school parking lot to the prison yard to a family's own living room, That Night shows just how fast those closest to us can become our most brutal enemies.” —Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia
“Intense and disturbing - a terrific psychological thriller.” —Lee Child
“Chevy Stevens has done it again, crafting a story fraught with suspense that weaves back and forth through time and keeps you guessing. A gripping tale of secrets, betrayal, heartbreak, and ultimately, redemption, That Night is an emotional rollercoaster you'll be sorry to get off of when you finish the last page.” —Jennifer McMahon, New York Times Bestselling author of The Winter People