those girls book coverReviewed by Meg Massey

The Campbell sisters have raised themselves after the death of their mother and the absence and drunken behavior of their father. When their father returns from his most recent stint at work drunk and angry, a fight with one of the girls turns ugly. Suddenly the girls must leave their home on a ranch in Canada and make new lives for themselves. But their nightmare has only just begun when their vehicle breaks down in a small town of Cash Creek.

Eighteen years later, Jess, Courtney and Dani, now Jamie, Crystal and Dallas, have struggled to forget about what happened to them in Cash Creek, and to make new lives for themselves. But a horrific experience in Crystal’s new life leads her to the self-destructive behavior of her youth, and ultimately to seek payback in Cash Creek. Only this time, her niece follows her, hoping to help her aunt. When Jamie and Dallas realize where the two of them have gone, they realize they must follow and end this nightmare once and for all.

Chevy Stevens’ most recent book is an intense thriller, with detailed and vivid descriptions of violence and fear. Just when you think the girls have escaped and made a new life for themselves, they are sucked back in to a cycle of violence they have struggled to escape since they were teenagers. At times, this book was incredibly difficult to read, as its descriptions were violent and very graphic. But many times I couldn’t put it down; I had to know what would happen next. The ending brought some surprises that I wasn’t expecting. If you’re looking for an engaging and intense read, Those Girls is the one for you.

Warning: This book contains graphic language and intensely violent scenes.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Meg lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Ryan. Library professional by day, freelance writer by night, Meg writes about life, entertainment and everything in between.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by St. Martin’s Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.