Those Girls by Chevy Stevens is a book that I read before After the Fire. However, I wasn’t ready to review it until today. This was an extremely disturbing book and while I had to finish reading it, I often wish I hadn’t started it. Even though I enjoy scary books, I’m not a huge fan of physical violence or sexual aggression described in vivid detail. While Chevy Stevens spared us some of the more gruesome descriptions, it was still hard to read for me.
Those Girls by Chevy Stevens Synopsis
“Chevy Stevens is back with her most powerful, emotional thriller yet— a story of survival…and revenge.Goodreads
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.”
What I Loved
I loved that the characters were all so different, despite being sisters. We got to know them so well throughout the book, I felt like I would reconize them on the street. The book is well written, really interesting and despite all the parts that were almost too hard to read, I could’t put it down. The story started off as something we’ve all heard before, a dunk man who hits his daughters. However it spun into something unique and super dark. Which gets me to what I didn’t love…
What I Didn’t Love
I was surprised to find out that the author was a woman when I read the horrific scenes she described. It was a little too much for me. I remember pausing in the middle of the first one to check the authors name, because my first thought was, ‘this can’t be written by a woman.’ Although at the same time, a man might not have gotten away with it either.
Without giving too many spoilers away, I have read books with similar types of situations and violence. However, the other authors wrote about it in a veiled way. They imply it without actually going there. I guess that is the more cowardly way to do it, and Chevy Stevens clearly isn’t scared to go all the way. While this isn’t my cup of tea, I do commend her for being brave.
Summary: Those Girls by Chevy Stevens
Those Girls by Chevy Stevens was a tough book to read and honestly, I could have lived without reading it. However, I am curious to find out more about Chevy Stevens and her writing. She definitely piqued my curiosity and I already ordered one of her other books. You can grab a copy of Those Girls on Amazon. These other books by her are available there too:
- Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
- Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens
- Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens
- That Night by Chevy Stevens
- Always Watching by Chevy Stevens
- The Other Side by Chevy Stevens
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