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That Night: A Novel Hardcover – June 17, 2014
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“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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is my first Stevens novel, and it's definitely a worth while read. Although it can be slow at times, the build is great and the twist is worth the wait.Published 2 days ago by Jeanna C.
Although some points of this book were predictable, it still had a suspenseful edge to it. I loved the book - finished it quickly. It was very well written by the author. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Heather White
One of the things I love so much about Chevy Steven's writing is her ability to capture the voices of her characters. Read morePublished 7 days ago by jennifer a evans
Chevy's one of my all-time favorite authors. I didn't love this book, but it still kept me glued and the twist was definitely unpredictable. Well done! Read morePublished 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
I've read one other Chevy Stevens novels (Never Knowing), which I enjoyed, but it wasn't until Jennie Shaw (awesome sparkly unicorn that she is) was singing Stevens' praises that I... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Beth Wade
Title: That Night
Author: Chevy Stevens
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense
Sub Genre:... Read more
I enjoyed this book but only gave it a 3 star rating because it took so long to get to her sister's murder. (no worries....I'm not giving anything away....). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jessica
I love Chevy Stevens writing, this book was right up there with the other two I have read. I loved how it went back n forth between then and now. Read morePublished 1 month ago by CCnderella