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Title:
Those girls
Author:
Stevens, Chevy, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
Physical Description:
376 pages ; 25 cm
Summary:
"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 temper. 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. As events spiral out of control they find themselves in a horrifying situation and are left with no choice but to change their names and create new lives"--
General Note:
"A novel"--Jacket.
Language:
English
Geographic Term:
ISBN:
9781250034588
Format :
Book

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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 temper. 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. As events spiral out of control they find themselves in a horrifying situation and 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. But when one of the sisters goes missing, followed closely by her niece, they are pulled back into the past. And this time there's nowhere left to run.

With Those Girls Chevy Stevens presents her most visceral thriller yet: an unforgettable portrait of desperation, loyalty, and evil. A story of survival...and revenge.


Author Notes

Chevy Stevens was born in 1973 in Canada. Her birth name is Rene Unischewski. She is a Canadian author of thriller novels. Stevens was working as a realtor when she got the idea for her novel Still Missing, in which a real estate agent is abducted while holding an open house. Her book Still Missing was a New York Times bestseller. Some of her other works include Never Knowing and Always Watching. Her title That Night made the Hot Title's List for Summer 2014.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Life is rough in small-town British Columbia for the three Campbell sisters Dani, almost 18; Courtney, 16; and Jess, almost 15 after their mother dies, leaving them with their abusive, alcoholic father. One night, when their father appears to be drowning Courtney, Jess shoots and kills him, so the girls hide the body and take off for Vancouver. But when their truck breaks down, they trust two brothers to help them; instead, they're kidnapped, beaten, and raped for five days before escaping. With the help of strangers, the girls make new lives with new names (Dallas, Crystal, and Jamie Caldwell), then find that Jamie is pregnant with a daughter she can't bear to give up. When that daughter, Skylar, is 17, there are hints that history might repeat itself. Stevens' fifth novel has echoes of her blockbuster debut (Still Missing, 2010), which remains unmatched in thrills by her later work, including this plot-driven tale in which women can be strong and not just victims, and evil can be counteracted by a few good men. For the author's following or for those who like a frothy mix of suspense and melodrama.--Leber, Michele Copyright 2015 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

At the start of this gripping thriller from bestseller Stevens (That Night), the three teenage Campbell sisters flee their rural Canadian home in the summer of 1997 after the youngest, Jess, kills their widower father, an abusive alcoholic. When the sisters' truck breaks down near a town called Cash Creek, they encounter Brian and Gavin Luxton, sadistic scions of a local ranching family, who rape and torture them for five days until the girls escape. Eighteen years later, the Campbells live under different names in Vancouver, but the past still haunts them. When Crystal, the middle sister, experiences a troubling flashback, she decides to return to Cash Creek to kill the Luxton brothers. Stevens skillfully builds suspense, but often draws characters with broad strokes, sacrificing depth for pacing, and a few niggling details (such as the timing of Brian's marriage) remain unexplained. Despite its flaws, this fast-paced nail-biter will keep readers up late-and may evoke a few tears. Announced first printing of 150,000. Agent: Mel Berger, William Morris Agency. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Stevens (That Night) uses a horrific kidnapping to mold three sisters into survivors. Jess, Courtney, and Dani Campbell live on a remote ranch in western Canada with their abusive father. Eventually, they're pushed to the breaking point and run away, but when their truck breaks down in a small town, events spiral out of control. They change their names and do their best to start over, but 18 years later, none of them has really moved on from that summer. Then one of the girls disappears. Narrators Jorjeana Marie, Emily Woo Zeller, and Nicol Zanzarella provide outstanding characterizations. VERDICT The author vividly conveys justice, loyalty, hatred, and sisterly love. The suspense is so well done that listeners will race to reach the final conclusion. ["Such an engrossing, suspenseful tale that readers will wish they could warn the protagonists of the dangers that lie ahead. Highly recommended for fans of the genre who relish nail-biting suspense": LJ 3/15/15 starred review of the St. Martin's hc.]--Sandra C. Clariday, Cleveland, TN © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.