Those Girls by Chevy Stevens

Chevy Stevens, Those Girls, Book JOurney

The Campbell sisters never had what you would call an easy life.  Living with a mostly absent and when present, abusive father, the girls did their best to stay out of his way.  Teenagers Jess, Courtney, and Danny worked on a ranch to earn enough to keep their home and purchase a little food, wondering (and dreading) when their father would next make his appearance and what kind of mood he would be in.

One night, when their father returns – things go too far and the girls find themselves on the run.  As things go from bad to worse, the girls live through a nightmare that haunts them for the next 18 years.

The sisters try to make lives for themselves and for the most part they do… but one sister… one can not forget that night.  And her choices affect all of them.

 

 

Chevy Stevens is one of those authors that I pretty much drop any reading plan for and grab their latest works.  I have raved about Chevy’s books in the past and when Those Girls was coming out I was soooooo excited.  A spooky sinister synopsis, amazing cover – I was all in.

The story starts out strong and very “Chevy Stevens like”… right away I fell into the story, and for the first two thirds of the book I was really involved with what was happening even if a few things seemed to come together a little easy….

It was the final third that I found I could no longer suspend belief… the happenings in this part of the book that take place 18 years later undid me.  It was too believable the way it plays out.  I am being careful to avoid spoilers here, but for me this book did not live up to the Chevy Stevens quality I have experienced in the past.

I wanted to be blown away…

I wasn’t.

Please look at other reviews for this one to develop a better opinion of the book.  I see that many have enjoyed this one, as did I, I just did not love love it.

That’s What She Reads found it to be a good summer thriller

Booking Mama highly recommended it

debbishdotcom found this Stevens read to be back to her better work

 

I did listen to this one on audio and enjoyed the narration by Jorjeana Marie (Narrator), Emily Woo Zeller (Narrator), Nicol Zanzarella (Narrator).  Not always a fan of multiple narrators, this one worked.

 

 

 

  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 11 hours and 29 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio
  • Audible.com Release Date: July 7, 2015

 

 

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Posted on July 30, 2015, in audio review and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Well, you know, I’ve found that most authors do finally end up with a book that just doesn’t quite make it for us. Especially ones that we love so much. Do we expect too much or do they just hit a bump in their writing? Maybe both. I’ve really enjoyed other books by this author and have not read this one yet. We’ll see how it speaks to me when I get around to it. Have you listened to other books by her on audio? Just wondered.

    • Excellent comment Kay, I think you are right, an author is probably not going to win for us every time. I have listened to her books in the past as well as read them. I may be the only one that thought the ending was a bit far fetched 😀

  2. Sorry you didn’t like the book as much as you wanted to. I haven’t read this one yet.

  3. Sorry you were disappointed….while this one was not my favorite of the author’s, I did enjoy it. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Sheila, I appreciate your honest review!

  5. Aw, sorry to see this was a disappointment for you.

  6. My first comment seemed to have disappeared!
    Sorry it did not work out for you. I am a Chevy Stevens fan myself. Thank you for your honest review.

  7. overfiftygirl

    Thanks for your review Sheila. I’ve been curious about this novel. I enjoyed That Night by Stevens.

  8. It’s hard when fav authors disappoint, but they can’t all be awesome.

  9. Thanks for linking to my post. I enjoyed this more than her previous book or two for sure. I didn’t mind the current day part but thought a bit more backstory about the other characters (the men) would have been good.

  10. I loved Still Missing and have this one on my TBR pile to get to at some stage, I knew that if Deb enjoyed it, I would too. Last month I read a lot of authors’ latest books and I seemed to continuously say … “I loved the author’s previous works and I enjoyed this one but not quite as much” … I guess every book is not going to do it for you every time.

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