Title: Those Girls
Author: Chevy Stevens
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: July 7th, 2015
Length: 384 pages/11 hours, 25 minutes
Source: Borrowed from the library
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.
I do enjoy Chevy Stevens stories, but this one was different than usual. It wasn’t a whodunit at all, but one of the most visceral, painful stories of trauma and attempted recovery that I’ve ever read. It was tough, guys. Not bad, just….like being beat about the head and neck with a club of emotion.
I’m not normally a fan of trigger warnings (or the assumption that they’re required for all books), but this is one of those that probably should come with a warning label: Extreme Violence and Horribleness. It didn’t feel….gratuitous, necessarily. But it was a LOT. And it went on for a long time. The whole book felt longer than it needed to be.
Don’t get me wrong- it was well written, and explores the relationship between sisters beautifully. But proceed with caution.