Sunday, July 12, 2015

Those Girls by Chevy Stevens

Chevy Stevens is back with her most powerful, emotional thriller yet— a story of survival…and revenge.

Life has never been easy for the three Campbell sisters. Jess, Courtney, and Dani live on a remote ranch in Western Canada where they work hard and try to stay out of the way of their father’s fists. One night, a fight gets out of hand and the sisters are forced to go on the run, only to get caught in an even worse nightmare when their truck breaks down in a small town. Events spiral out of control and a chance encounter with the wrong people leaves them in a horrific and desperate situation. They are left with no choice but to change their names and create new lives.

Eighteen years later, they are still trying to forget what happened that summer when one of the sisters goes missing and they are pulled back into their past.

This time there’s nowhere left to run.

As much of a thriller as it is a deep exploration of the bonds among sisters, THOSE GIRLS is an unforgettable portrait of desperation, loyalty, and evil.

Hardcover, 384 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by St. Martin's Press 
arc - netgalley

In my opinion there are 3 types of books.  Those that you savor, enjoy the reading because the story is so awesome, as it evolves you enjoy the journey, not rushing to finish.  There are those that you start and it takes forever to finish, you can't relate to the characters and force yourself to finish - because deep down you really do want to find find out what happens.  Then there are those books that you snatch minutes here and there whenever you get a chance.  The author has made you care about the characters and the plot is so suspenseful that you polish this baby off in a matter of a day or two. Such is the case with Those Girls.

Lately I have come to enjoy books where the plot is unknown to me, where I have no idea where the author will take me.  These books are usually by a favorite author where it is just a given that I will be reading their next book, again such is the case with Chevy Stevens.  Her debut Still Missing was excellent and one I highly recommend.  She is a Canadian author with her books taking place in Western Canada and what I loved about this book is that I have been to many of the places, so it wasn't hard to visualize settings.

Those Girls is the story about 3 young girls handed a raw deal in life and it only gets worse.  Here is where I struggle with my words, it will be hard to do this review justice for fear of spoilers.  I don't like to do scene by scene reviews with too many details, it just gives too much information and can spoil it for some.  Suffice to say Chevy Stevens created 3 young girls forced to grow up before their time, she made me care about them.  This is a story about the bond between sisters, being there for each other, knowing who you can count on and about survival.

The plot was suspenseful, fast paced and emotionally charged.  There were a couple scenes at the beginning of the book, though not explicit in detail but enough to get a vivid picture as to what was taking place.  I was invested in these girls and my desire to see the outcome kept me reading.  The ending was a little predictable but it was still another good book by Chevy Stevens.

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