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That Night: A Novel

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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 brutal...more
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Published June 17th 2014 by St. Martin's Press
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Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
I usually like Chevy Stevens writing. I don't know what the heck happened in this one.
Toni is a young girl who is all in lurve with a bad boy named Ryan. They smoke pot, have sex and pretty much are the typical whiney teenagers. Her younger sister is perfect in every way. Then Toni has ticked off a major teen drama queen and the bullying begins. The thing is I liked none of the characters. None.

The first half of this book is written so childish that I almost DNF'd it. I kept on and it did some...more
Robert
I needed to write this review, and it wasn’t because Jesus told me to. I just wanted to clear the air on that particular point, because a few of my proclivities and tendencies will be made abundantly clear over the course of the next several hundred words, and if profanity ain’t your cup of java, you may want to leave the building before Elvis does.

Sonofabitch, she’s back. I don’t know where she went for novels two and three. I can speculate, but I prefer to stick to the facts, since I’m a simpl...more
Patrice Hoffman
I don't know where to rate this title. I was so excited when I found out I was approved for this title that it was a little deflating when I actually sat down to read it. More on that later. I'd heard and read only raving reviews for other Chevy Stevens titles so I was more than anxious to start That Night when the time allowed.

That Night is the latest mystery suspense by Chevy Stevens featuring Toni Murphy. Toni's spent 15 years in prison for the murder of her younger sister Nicole along with h...more
Sharon
3.5★

Toni Murphy was only eighteen years old when she and her boyfriend, Ryan were taken into custody for the brutal murder of Toni's sister, Nicole. They both claimed they were innocent, but trying to prove it would be difficult. Spending the next sixteen locked away years would be the hardest time of Toni's life. She would come across some of the meanest and hardest of women whom she knew to keep clear of, but that wasn't always easy.

Now aged thirty four, Toni is finally being released, but no...more
Theresa
I am a huge fan of Chevy Stevens and I was so thrilled to be able to read an advance copy of That Night. This book is a thriller/mystery told from the perspective of the main character, Toni Murphy. When Toni was in high school, she and her boyfriend were convicted of the murder of her younger sister Nicole. Innocent but hardened by seventeen years in prison, Toni is released and goes about trying to start a new life, while trying to solve her sister's murder. I don't want to give too much away,...more
Susan Johnson
I got this book from Bookreporter.com which is a delightful place to read about books and knitting. I was please to receive this as I had liked her first book, "Still Missing" which has one of the best twists I've read in a book. Other than the setting, I would never know this book was written by the same author. This is drivel, in my opinion, with zero surprises and a mind numbing predictability.

The lead character, Toni, is such a grating and annoying person that you want to run when she comes...more
Michael
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...more
Wendy
Chevy Stevens is at the top of her game with her latest release "That Night".
18 yr old Toni and her boyfriend Ryan are accused and found guilty of murdering Toni's younger sister, Nicole. They spend the next 15 years in prison. Hardened by the system, Toni wants to start a new life after her release, but Ryan is determined to prove their innocence. Though wary of violating her parole, she knows the real killer must be found and brought to justice.
The story alternates between Toni's high school...more
Laurel-Rain
Arrested and convicted of her younger sister Nicole's murder when she was only eighteen, Toni Murphy spends the next fifteen years in prison. Her boyfriend Ryan was also convicted.

But they are innocent. And the rage and fear Toni suffers is intensified by the challenges she faces in prison. But will she find even more challenges once she is released?

The primary story is set in Campbell River, on Vancouver Island. "That Night" begins as Toni is being released from Rockland Penitentiary, to a half...more
Carla Palmeiro
That Night was the second book I’ve read from Chevy Stevens after the amazing Still Missing, a book that I know its not consensual but I really liked.

To be honest, I was expecting more from this author, the book has in my opinion a few major problems that made me angry and frustrated: the pace was awful, the beginning is really slow and boring, lots of high-school drama, bullying and overall foolishness, but mainly I found all the characters so unlikeable, stupid and egocentric, including the pr...more
Scj
Well, I was lucky enough to read a pre-release copy of this book...and I can honestly say that I feel sorry for her fans and soon-to-be fans who must wait for the release date in June of 2014! This book brought out so many of my emotions, from happiness, fear, sadness ( with tears flowing), and anxiousness due to the suspense and intrigue written so well throughout. This book also has a natural feel to it- it has an amazingly smooth and solid story line that Chevy's readers will thoroughly enjoy...more
Robin
This is Chevy’s best book since STILL MISSING, still one of my “go-to” books when patrons ask for something compelling. In THAT NIGHT, there were times the pace was so relentless I got anxious and had to stop reading, and the bullying of Toni as a teen and in prison and beyond got a little uncomfortable, but the plot twists kept coming and the ending was a corker. All in all this is another top-notch psychological suspenseful read, something we have no shortage of at this time, and that’s a very...more
Lisa
As far as suspense novels go, I'm giving this one 5 stars. WOW! I never wanted to put it down and I never saw it coming! I loved the character of Toni. You really get into her head. You're right there with her every step of the way just wanting her to clear her name. This was a great summer read. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes suspense without the gore. 5 stars!
Sprout117
There are pros and cons to this book which make it an average book.

Steven's hasn't changed much since "Still Missing" which means that as an author she is still an amateur and shows little or no growth. The level of writing is still mediocre at best and she still hides behind teenage characters to mask her immature writing skills. She did try to flesh out the characters in this novel, but it because a somewhat boring (in no way gripping) 200 page introductory.
I was disappointed to say the leas...more
Henrietta
Confession: I’ve never read a story talking about inmates and paroles before picking up That Night.

I liked the way the story began. We caught glimpses of what really happened as the story unfolded. Toni wasn’t the most pleasant character. She carried a lot of heavy emotions and because of the unfavorable circumstances, she did not have an easy life. You see, Toni’s younger sister was murdered. Some people were trying to cover up something and before long, no one really knew whom to trust and wha...more
Becky
Until I got to about the halfway point of this book, I thought it would be a 3/3.5 star read for me. The book is about Toni, an 18 year old female, and her boyfriend Ryan who are convicted for the murder of her sister Nicole. They serve 16 years and then are placed on parole. At this time, Ryan wants to prove their innocent and didn't murder Nicole. Stevens writes this book by going back and forth, every other chapter, between the events leading up to the murder and Toni's time in jail/life whil...more
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews


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 he...more
Maggie61
Wow. I loved this book, it grabbed me and wouldn't let go.
I found myself wanting to put it down sometimes because parts of it made me so angry. And sad. I felt so bad for Toni and felt anger towards pretty much everyone in her life, with a few exceptions.
Starting with the mean girls, they were just nasty and well, unbelievably mean. And her sister Nicole, sisters have their spats and fights but Nicole was a total "rhymes with witch". Nicole was not any kind of sister to her, she was backstabbin...more
Christine
Due to be published in June 2014.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for this riveting read.

This is a story of lies, prison and justice. Toni finds herself charged with the murder of her sister, along with her boyfriend. She serves her sentence and toughens up, on the inside. When she is released, Toni slowly begins to search for the truth.

Chevy Stevens creates a world where teenage girls bully and lie, where prison is brutal and justice is hard to come by. I was particularly impressed by th...more
Luke
I'll come back with a more complete review soon, but basically my impression was that it was a decent story that was held back by sub-par writing.

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Okay, so, the writing in this novel is terrible. The vast majority of the characters, the writing style, the setting, and yes, the sentences on the page are all handled extremely poorly. We are reminded of things we already know ad nauseam, as the author repeating things is used as a crutch for poor description and character develo...more
Liz Wilkins
Publication Date: 17th June 2014 from St Martins Press.

Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy via Netgalley.

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 bru...more
Terri Lynn
I was somewhat underwhelmed by this. I received this book as part of House Party's Chatterbox program so I got it free in exchange for an honest review. I have read one of Chevy's books before and liked it but this felt like the movie "Mean Girls" in book form- only with more horrible bullying. Toni is bullied by the popular crowd-plenty of mean girls here- as a high school student and winds up not particularly caring for herself. She gets involved in sex and drugs with Ryan and honestly, this b...more
Valerie
This is a terrific psychological thriller from Chevy Stevens. It goes into what often goes on behind the scenes in high schools, where some students are bullied, and the school does nothing about it. The main character, Toni, was convicted of murdering her sister even though she did not do the crime, nor did her boyfriend, who was also convicted. Her description of her life in prison was like nails on a chalkboard to me; it was that intensely disturbing. Meanwhile, the person(s) responsible for...more
Nicole Long
I was lucky enough to be contacted by the publisher to enter a drawing to win a copy of this book, and won! I have so many emotions about this book! It was hard to read at times...I felt tense, angry, and uncomfortable. I believe that was intentional by the author. The theme, if there was one, could be life is not fair. Toni and Ryan were victims of that theme throughout the entire book. They were not easy teenagers, making bad decisions at times, but some of their "bad" decisions were in respon...more
Claire Hill
Published on 17th June 2014 by St. Martin's Press.

I was so excited to have the opportunity to review this novel as I've thoroughly enjoyed Chevy Stevens' previously published books. Thanks to St. Martin's Press for the review copy I received via netgalley in return for an honest review.

This novel is told in narrative form, flitting between the present day and sixteen years ago. Main character Toni tells the story of events leading up to that fateful night that irrevocably changed the lives of ev...more
Kimberly Kay Mcbride
I DON'T WANT TO READ THE ENDING BECAUSE THEN IT WILL BE OVER!!! I have been a fan of Chevy Stevens since Still Missing. With each novel, she amazes me more and more, and this is no exception. I was SO lucky to receive an advanced copy of the novel- made my day, my week, my month, etc. I started reading it and was immediately swept away to prison cells and back roads. This novel is gritty yet sentimental, mysterious yet hopeful; it makes you want to keep turning the pages but not too quickly beca...more
Judy Collins
Having read all of Chevy’s novels, delighted to have the opportunity to read an ARC of THAT NIGHT, otherwise, not sure I could stand the suspense of waiting.

Wow, what a night, “THAT NIGHT” was! Stevens is at the TOP OF HER GAME with this upcoming release -- her best novel to date! A page-turner and riveting thriller, which will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end- you will not be able to put down!

THAT NIGHT is about one mysterious night, which changed the lives of three teens...more
Victoria
I have read and for the most part, greatly enjoyed Stevens’ three previous novels. She has a talent for creating gripping plot lines and books that practically demand to be read in one sitting - and this latest volume is no exception. Stevens reels in her readers with quite a hook. Toni Murphy, now thirty-four years old is released from Vancouver’s Rockland Penitentiary for the murder sixteen years earlier of her younger sister, Nicole. She has maintained not only her innocence - but also that o...more
Carole
4.5 stars My 1st Chevy Stevens book. Very good whodunit about a teenage girl who is having struggles with her parents, and is being bullied at school. She and her boyfriend are accused and falsely convicted of her sisters murder and sent to prison. This has some bad language, but it fit the characters situations. I recommend for a quick page turner!
Elvan
After a slow start, Chevy Stevens delivers a decent thriller worthy of a 3.5 rating. Still Missing is still her best book, but after two very average efforts, That Night does deliver an entertaining read.
As I read about Toni, a woman just released from prison after serving 16 yrs accused of murdering her sister I kept thinking this would be better classified as a YA novel. The chapters bounce back and forth between the present life of Toni the ex con dealing with trying to find the real killer a...more
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Chevy Stevens is the New York Times Bestselling author of STILL MISSING, NEVER KNOWING, and ALWAYS WATCHING. Chevy 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...more
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