That Night

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Published by: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: May 5, 2015
ISBN13: 978-1250034601
Pages: 384

  

Synopsis

They said she was a murderer.

They said she killed her sister.

But they lied.

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 brutally murdered one summer night.

Toni and her boyfriend, Ryan, were convicted of the murder and sent to prison.

Now thirty-four, Toni is out on parole and back in her hometown, struggling to adjust to a new life on the outside. Prison changed her, hardened her, and she’s doing everything in her power to avoid violating her parole and going back. This means having absolutely no contact with Ryan, avoiding fellow parolees looking to pick fights, and steering clear of trouble in all its forms. But nothing is making that easy—not Ryan, who is convinced he can figure out the truth; not her mother, who doubts Toni’s innocence; and certainly not the group of women who made Toni’s life hell in high school and may have darker secrets than anyone realizes. No matter how hard she tries, ignoring her old life to start a new one is impossible. Before Toni can truly move on, she must risk everything to find out what really happened that night.

But the truth might be the most terrifying thing of all.

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Praise & Awards

Nominated for an International Thriller of the Year Award for Best Hardcover

“Stevens has crafted yet another suspenseful thriller with this tale of heartbreak, the cruelties of fate, and redemption….The story skillfully moves between past and present as flashbacks reveal Toni’s transformation from rebellious teen to depressed inmate. A compelling, exceptional read.”
—Library Journal, starred review 

Will grip you from page one.”
Harlan Coben

“Intense and disturbing – a terrific psychological thriller.”
Lee Child

“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

“Riveting…An exciting page turner with an incisive twist.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Stevens storytelling skills are strong in her latest. She shows us the evil that women can wreak on each other, even in high school, and she points a poisonous parent very well…readers will feel the heroine’s youthful love and anguish, and root for and believe in her no matter what self-destructive thing she does. Steve continues to captivate…”
RT Book Reviews

“Stevens has woven a warped psychological drama, a melancholy tale that comes to an existential and yet hopeful conclusion.”
Kirkus

“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, bestselling author of The One I Left Behind

“Stevens does an excellent job of conveying Toni’s near-constant state of unease–as a victim of teenage bulling, a prison inmate protesting her innocent, 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.”
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Playlist

This is a list of a few songs I listened to when I was writing That Night. Some of the songs are ones that I heard on the radio after the book was finished, but they made me think of Toni and Ryan, and how much they loved each other.