I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.
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.
What a book. A great suspenseful read that will keep you wondering and guessing down to the last chapter where everything is laid out before you. Stevens does an amazing job taking you between the past and present to give you the back story and current story as the book flows through its chapters. By the end, I was moved and I was angry (you’ll understand why once you read it!) and I was emotionally exhausted for the main character, Toni. Talk about a rough 16-17 years!! I definitely would add this read to your To-Be-Read pile. A perfect combination of conversation and description/non-conversation. View all my reviews
**This book is the July Book Club Selection for SheReads.org.