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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Paperback edition (June 17, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250034604
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250034601
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

We meet Toni Murphy just as she’s about to be paroled from a Canadian penitentiary. When she was 18, she and her boyfriend, Ryan, were convicted of killing Toni’s younger sister. Flashbacks to the months before her sister was killed and the years she spent in prison help the reader understand the woman Toni is today and why she is torn between clearing her name and keeping her head down and avoiding a parole violation. Moving back to her hometown, Toni knows that the truth behind her sister’s murder is just out of reach. She’s certain, though, that it’s not a coincidence that her sister died shortly after befriending Shauna, a prototypical mean girl who made a hobby out of harassing Toni all through high school. Stevens does an excellent job conveying Toni’s near-constant state of unease—as a victim of teenage bullying, a prison inmate protesting her innocence, a parolee who’s prohibited from coming in contact with the people who could clear her name. And she supplies a corker of an ending. Fans of Alex Marwood’s The Wicked Girls (2013) will enjoy this suspenseful tale. --Karen Keefe

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PRAISE FOR THAT NIGHT

"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

PRAISE FOR CHEVY STEVENS’ NOVELS

"Gripping...unforgettable." —Gillian Flynn

"Heartpounding." —Lisa Gardner

"Will have you spellbound." —Karin Slaughter

"Utterly absorbing." —Kathy Reichs

“Chilling, compelling.”  —William Landay

More About the Author


CHEVY STEVENS grew up on a ranch on Vancouver Island and still lives on the island with her husband and daughter. When she's not working on her next book, she's camping and canoeing with her family in the local mountains. Her debut novel, STILL MISSING, won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel. Please visit her at www.chevystevens.com.

Customer Reviews

Read the book in 2 sittings, I couldn't put it down!
Laurel Clark
A page turner and a riveting thriller "That Night" will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
Wendy Catalano
The characters were well developed and the story was well written.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Silver's Reviews on June 17, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Bullying and prison life were the main themes in THAT NIGHT.

The main character, Toni, had been bullied in high school because she was not in the "in" crowd. This bullying influenced her life in a negative way. Toni was very disliked by a group of girls in high school, and they kept after her for no other reason than to be mean.

Being accused of murdering her sweet sister and having the folks that bullied her testify that she always lied about things definitely didn't help her defense. She and her boyfriend were accused of the murder even though they were innocent and victims themselves and were sent to prison for 15 years.

Prison wasn't any better for Toni. Prison seemed like an extension of her high school problems.

THAT NIGHT is the second book I read by Chevy Stevens. To me it was not as good as the other book I read, but it did send a very powerful message​.

As I was reading, I was truly frightened which most likely was the author's purpose in getting across the points of the damaging and horrible aspects of bullying.

I really wasn't pulled in because of the beginning pages, but I kept coming back to learn about bullying and the repercussions of how it ruins a person's life. Stevens did a great deal of research and did a marvelous job of having the reader feel the fear caused by the bullying.

To me Ms. Steven's was unquestionably raising the awareness of bullying and excellently conveyed it in her book.

The book was very frightening as I was visualizing the scenes and thinking about what reaction I would have had in a bullying situation. If you have been bullied, you won't want to read this book; it will bring back too many unsettling memories.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By kacunnin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 11, 2014
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Chevy Stevens's THAT NIGHT reads like a Lifetime movie version of "Orange is the New Black" - it's a PG-13 view of what it would be like to be a young woman imprisoned for a crime she didn't commit. Eighteen-year-old Toni Murphy has problems with just about everyone, from her control-freak mom to her manipulative sister Nicole, to her well-meaning but weak father, to mean-girl Shauna who's out to get her at school. And when Toni and her boyfriend Ryan are convicted of murdering her sweet-as-sugar sister Nicole, Toni has problems with the chicks in prison. Toni insists she didn't kill Nicole, but that's what everyone in prison says, right? So who killed Nicole? And why did so many people lie at the trial? And was Nicole really as sweet and innocent as she seemed?

The story is narrated by Toni, who jumps around from her high school days in 1996 leading up to the murder, to her years in prison, and then to her release in 2013. You know from the first page that Nicole has been murdered, that Toni has served fifteen years in prison, and that she insists on her innocence. The focus here is not on the murder itself or the trial - which are what I most wanted to read about. Instead, we get an overdose of teen angst as poor Toni is tormented by her officious mom, her annoying sister, and the four mean girls (led by Shauna) who do the typical mean girl things (like spread vicious rumors, make hurtful comments, and otherwise bully our heroine). This is all told in a very YA style, with heavy doses of Toni's romance with supposed bad-boy Ryan, the only good thing in her life. She and Ryan sneak around, get high, and do a few things that could get them in trouble, but it's all very PG-13.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael Hickerson VINE VOICE on May 21, 2014
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At multiple points in the first half of Chevy Stevens’ That Night, I found myself wishing the story would get to the night in question already and maybe get this novel moving forward.

Instead, the story of the falsely accused and convicted Toni Murphy and her boyfriend kept churning on and on, giving the reader details that didn’t matter much in the question of who killed her sister and why or much in the way of character development for Toni. Early on, I got that Toni was a rebel, misunderstood by her parents and the system. I got that Toni faced bullies all her life and I suppose much of the character arc that Stevens is trying to lay out for Toni and the reader is her slowly realizing that she’s going to have to stand up for herself or else be downtrodden her entire life. Of course, it takes being falsely accused and convicted of her sister’s murder and going to prison for Toni to become self-reliant and a “bad ass.”

It’s a shame really because the hook of this novel and the first few chapters are interesting enough. Early on, Toni is an intriguing narrator for the events unfolding (chapters alternate between the events leading up to Toni’s conviction and events is sent to prison). But my patience for her quickly began to wear thin by the time we get to her third or fourth conflict with her parents who “just don’t understand her” and how she can’t wait to get out from under their roof so she can move in her boyfriend.

Along the way, she alienates her family, including her younger sister who is harboring some secrets as well. These secrets prove instrumental in solving the case once and for all and really determining what happened that night her sister was killed. The sister in question wanted to tag along with Toni and her boyfriend on a date up to the lake.
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