Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Review: Those Girls by Chevy Stevens (audio)

Title: Those Girls    
Author: Chevy Stevens      
Narrator: Jorjeana Marie, Emily Woo Zeller, Nicol Zanzarella
Published: July 2015, Blackstone Audio  
Length: 11 hours 29 minutes   
Source: Personal copy via Audible 

Chevy Stevens is back with her most powerful, emotional thriller yet— a story of survival…and revenge.

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 fists. 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. Events spiral out of control and a chance encounter with the wrong people leaves them in a horrific and desperate situation. They 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 when one of the sisters goes missing and they are pulled back into their past.

This time there’s nowhere left to run.

As much of a thriller as it is a deep exploration of the bonds among sisters, THOSE GIRLS is an unforgettable portrait of desperation, loyalty, and evil.

My thoughts: I'm a big fan of Chevy Stevens' books, in particular I love listening to her books on audio. I find that they are the perfect books to listen to - the thriller/mystery aspect of the story just keeps my attention and makes for a great listening experience. I couldn't wait to start listening to this one and loved every minute of it.

This book kept me hooked and thinking about it when I wasn't listening to it. I ended up finishing it in three days because I just couldn't walk away from it - I had to know what was going to happen next and how it would all play out. It was twisted and dark and, yes, there are some pretty graphic scenes in it, so be forewarned if you don't like those types of scenes. Even now, I haven't stopped thinking about those girls and all they went through.

What these three sisters endured is sad and unbelievable, but yet could happen and probably does more than we'd like to admit in real life. That's what makes this story so incredible and even relatable. Just what secrets are the people you meet every day keeping hidden from all to see? 

This book tackles the bonds between sisters, but is goes so much deeper. It's about abuse in all its forms and just how rampant it truly is. And it's about strength, one's personal strength to rise above what they've come from and move on. It's about family and love and learning to deal with all that entails. The suspense that's woven in will leave you on the edge of your seat and you will find yourself unable to stop thinking of those girls once you open this book.


Audio Thoughts: I loved the audio production of this book - it was great! The narrators did a fantastic job portraying the different voices and emotions of the story and building up the suspense when warranted. They portrayed just enough raw emotion to make it seem real and I thought it was perfect. I've listened to Jorjeana Marie narrate before, but it was the first time listening to both Emily Woo Zeller and Nicol Zanzarella narrate, and I will certainly be checking them all out again.


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2 comments

  1. Good to know that this one works well on audio. I've only read 1 book by Chevy Stevens up to now. I'll have to look for them as audiobooks. Thanks for sharing about it!

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  2. Great review! I'm going to add this book to my To Read list.

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