Monday, June 16, 2014

That Night

That Night
Chevy Stevens
St. Martin's Press
June 12, 2014

Idgie Says:
This is an interesting mix of stories.  There's one story - of schoolyard bullying and how dangerous and detrimental it actually can be to teenagers, and there's another story - rather like Orange is the New Black - a young woman thrown into prison and totally unprepared for that life.  Finally, there's a third story, what happens when she gets out of prison and sets out to not only find her life again, but to still find out what actually did happen to her sister - who we are sure from the onset she did not kill.  All three stories are intriguing on different levels and there's a real twist at the end.  

Toni is not necessarily a likable character - but you feel her pain the entire way through the novel.

Overview

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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