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.
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 the scenes in the prison. Toni was suffering from culture shock, then adapted and formed strong friendship bonds with her fellow prisoners.
I loved the way the story moved between the past and the present. It took a while to work out what had happened to Toni and why she had been charged with murder. This added to the tension. This is one of those books that you cannot put down.
I have not read any of Chevy Steven’s other books. I will make sure I do now. She tells a strong dark story and made today go very quickly.