That Night: A Novel by Chevy StevensThat Night: A Novel by Chevy Stevens

That Night: A Novel

byChevy Stevens

Paperback | May 5, 2015

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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 in That Night by Chevy Stevens, the truth might be the most terrifying thing of all.

CHEVY STEVENS grew up on a ranch on Vancouver Island and still lives on the island with her husband and daughter. When she's not working on her next book, she's camping and canoeing with her family in the local mountains. Her debut novel, Still Missing, won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel.
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Title:That Night: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.23 × 5.55 × 1.08 inPublished:May 5, 2015Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1250066832

ISBN - 13:9781250066831

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Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner This was so nerve-wrecking !! I was angry most of the time! Not because this book was bad but because it was that good you were able to feel as desperate and angry as the main character. I'm so glad it's over now haha. Such a thrilling story I read it in 2 days just because I really wanted to know what happens. For me this book definitely was a page turner.
Date published: 2018-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A melancholy tale with some hope mixed in The story was refreshingly unique, and the main character was developed well enough to get lost in her story as she grew into an adult.
Date published: 2018-04-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Interesting plot #plumreview I enjoyed the story and it kept my interest until the end. However, I found this book to be very repetitive and wordy. Not my favourite r ad.
Date published: 2018-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining read I really liked the main character. She made stupid choices at times but you really want things to work out for her. The story moves at a good pace and the climax is exciting. I didn't feel like the answer to everything was just given to me or strongly hinted in the middle of book, which is perfect for suspense.
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read This was my first Chevy Steven's book and she did not disappoint. I live in BC and it was great reading a book with locations I know. I could not put this book down. You are given just enough tid bits to keep it interesting while also being kept in suspense. I will definitely read more from Chevy Stevens
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from WOW I finished it a few days ago and... wow, honestly, I could hardly put that book down when it was time for me to go to bed, I'd also literally bring it everywhere ! The reason why I'm not giving it five stars is because it was too easy to expect the ending, which I didn't like... But that's just my opinion, I still really loved it, it's such an easy book to read ! Suspense is great !!
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this This was my first Chevy Steven's book and I was incredibly impressed. Love her books.
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommend!! I bought this book to read on my summer holidays and I'm glad that I did! I couldn't put the book down. I now want to read all of her other novels. My next book from her will be Still Missing which has great reviews too.
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 100% Recommend! I bought this for a casual read and it turns out I couldn't put it down. It took place in areas I recognized and have been to. It was almost too real. Give it a read!!
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have a new favourite author! I enjoyed this book from the very first chapter. I can't wait to read more from Chevy Stevens
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First time reading Chevy Stevens...Amazing and very intriguing ! Wow.. this book totally and completely blew me away. It was very hard to put down, but sometimes it was so hard to read. This story is about a girl and her boyfriend who are convicted of murdering her sister. This novel jumps around to when Toni is in prisoner, what lead her there, and the after effects of this life she had. Chevy the author completely understands teenagers and their mentality, and sold me on how prison would harden someone. I cried multiple times during this novel.. it just really got to me. The twists in this story are insane, and I loved being on this ride. I enjoyed this book so much I can't wait to pick up my next Chevy Stevens novel!
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! This was a first from the author. I found it a bit slow to begin, but really got into it. Really good story line and couldn't wait to get to the bottom of the mystery. Will definitely look this author up!
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good read I just recently discovered this author and her books are great. This was definately one of my favourites. It is a good thriller and also a very emotional story.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Her best novel! I've read almost all of Chevy Stevens's novels and this one was the best one for me. Honestly, all of her books are good; I finish her stories so quickly because they are just so captivating. That Night was no exception. I loved how the story flipped back between Tori as an adult and Tori as a teenager. Sad story, but terrific mystery!
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to Read and Enjoyable. This was the first book by Chevy Stevens I have read. It was a very easy read, which kind put me off at first, but once I figured it was probably written in the narrative of this particular main character, I accepted that it would probably be exactly how that person would communicate and think. (young, simple, emotional and raw.) By the time I reached a third through the book I was hooked and couldn't put it down. That and I always enjoy when Vancouver Island (and BC) is featured.
Date published: 2015-08-16

Read from the Book

CHAPTER ONEROCKLAND PENITENTIARY, VANCOUVERMARCH 2012 I followed the escorting officer over to Admissions and Discharge, carrying my belongings in a cardboard box—a couple pairs of jeans, some worn-out T-shirts, the few things I’d gathered over the years, some treasured books, my CD player. The rest, anything I had in storage, would be waiting for me. The release officer went through the round of documents. My hand shook as I signed the discharge papers, the words blurred. But I knew what they meant.“Okay, Murphy, let’s go through your personals.” The guards never called you by your first name on the inside. It was always a nickname or your last name.He emptied out a box of the items I’d come into the prison with. His voice droned as he listed them off, making notes on his clipboard. I stared at the dress pants, white blouse, and blazer. I’d picked them out so carefully for court, had thought they’d make me feel strong. Now I couldn’t stand the sight of them.The officer’s hand rested for a moment on the pair of my underwear.“One pair of white briefs, size small.”He looked down at the briefs, checked the tag, his fingers lingering on the fabric. My face flushed. His eyes flicked to mine, gauging my reaction. Waiting for me to screw up so he could send me back inside. I kept my expression neutral.He opened an envelope, glanced inside, then checked his clipboard before dumping the envelope’s contents into my palm. The silver-faced watch my parents had given me on my eighteenth birthday, still shiny, the battery dead. The necklace Ryan had given me, the black onyx cool to the touch. Part of the leather cord had worn smooth from my wearing it every day. I stared at it, felt its weight in my hand, remembering, then closed my fingers around it, tucking it securely back in the envelope. It was the only thing I had left of him.“Looks like that’s it.” He held out a pen. “Sign here.”I signed the last of the documents, put the belongings into my box.“You got anything to dress out in?” the officer said.“Just these.” The officer’s eyes flicked over my jeans and T-shirt. Some inmates’ families send clothes for them to wear on their release day. But no one had sent me anything.“You can wait in the booking room until your ride gets here. There’s a phone if you need to call anyone.”*   *   *I sat on one of the benches, boxes by my feet, waiting for the volunteer, Linda, to pick me up. She’d be driving me to the ferry and over to Vancouver Island. I had to check into the halfway house in Victoria by seventeen hundred hours. Linda was a nice lady, in her forties, who worked with one of the advocacy groups. I’d met her before, when she’d taken me to the island for my unescorted temporary absences.I was hungry—I’d been too excited to eat that morning. Margaret, one of my friends inside, had tried to get me to choke something down, but the oatmeal sat like a lump in my stomach. I wondered if Linda could stop somewhere. I imagined a Big Mac and fries, hot and salty, maybe a milkshake, then thought of Ryan again, how we used to take burgers to the beach. To distract myself from the memory, I watched an officer bring in a new inmate. A young girl. She looked scared, pale, her brown hair long and messy, like she’d been up all night. She glanced at me, her eyes drifting from my hair, down to the tattoos around my upper arm. I got them in the joint—a thin tribal bar for each year behind bars, forming one thicker, unbroken band that circled my right biceps, embracing me.The officer yanked the girl’s arm, pulled her to Booking.I rubbed my hands across the top of my head. My hair was short now, the middle spiked up in a faux-Mohawk, but it was still black. I closed my eyes, remembered how it was in high school. Feathered and long, falling to the middle of my back. Ryan liked to wrap his hands in it. I’d cut it in prison after I looked in the mirror one day and saw Nicole’s hair, thick with blood, and remembered holding her broken body in my arms after we found her that night.“You ready to get out of here, Toni?” A friendly female voice.I opened my eyes and looked up at Linda. “Can’t wait.”She bent down and picked up one of my boxes, grunting a little as she lifted it. Linda was a small woman, not much taller than me. I was just a shorty at five feet—Margaret used to say a mouse fart could blow me over. But Linda was about as round as she was tall. She had dreadlocks and wore long flowing dresses and Birkenstocks. She was always railing at the prison system. I followed her out to her car, my box in my arms, as she chatted about the ferry traffic.“The highway was clear all the way out to Horseshoe Bay, so we’ll make good time. We should be there around noon.”As we pulled away, I watched the prison grow smaller in the distance. I turned back around in my seat. Linda rolled the window down.“Phew, it’s a hot one today. Summer will be here before you know it.”I traced the lines of my tattoos, counting the years, thinking back to that summer. I was thirty-four now and had been in custody since I was eighteen, when Ryan and I were arrested for my sister’s murder. We’d been alone with her that night, but we hadn’t heard Nicole scream. We hadn’t heard anything.I wrapped my hand around my arm, squeezed hard. I’d spent almost half of my life behind bars for a crime I didn’t commit.The anger never really leaves you. Copyright © 2014 by Chevy Stevens Holdings Ltd.

Editorial Reviews

"A thriller that will grip you from page one." -Harlan Coben"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"Intense and disturbing - a terrific psychological thriller." -Lee Child"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, New York Times Bestselling author of The Winter People