Book synopsis(via Goodreads):
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.
***Many thanks to Net Galley and St. Martin's Press for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review***
This insomniac's opinion:
You know those author's that you love so much that when they come out with a new book, you squeal with delight and bite your nails in anticipation of the release date? Chevy Stevens is one of those for me. Her books are uniquely written and include a shocking twist(my favorite part!).
I was thrilled to receive this ARC and devoured it in one night. The characters were well-fleshed out and there was a mystery from the very first page. I could not stop reading until the mystery of who actually murdered Tori's sister was revealed. I have to admit that I saw the twist coming and knew who the murderer before the book was halfway through. That was a disappointment, as I love to be surprised, but the book was highly readable anyway.
Worth staying up all night to read?