Synopsis: Eighteen-year-old Toni and her boyfriend, Ryan, were wrongly convicted of the murder of her younger sister. Seventeen years later, she’s out on parole and back in her hometown, but she’s struggling to adjust to a new life on the outside. Ryan is convinced he can uncover the truth; her mother still doesn’t believe Toni’s innocent; and the former high school girls who made Toni’s life miserable may have darker secrets than anyone can imagine. Before Toni can move forward, she must take a terrifying step back to her past to find out the truth and clear her name, before it’s too late.
Kat’s Rating: 4/5
Kat’s Review: Having never read Chevy Stevens I was looking forward to reading another new author. I have heard nothing but good things about her and the synopsis for this one sounded great! The introduction shows us Toni as an adult having served a long sentence for the murder of her sister. She is getting ready for her release and is preparing herself to go back into not only society, but the town she once lived in.
The second chapter then takes us back to Toni’s youth and we begin to get an understanding of her younger years. We also meet her young boyfriend Ryan, her parents and Sister Nicole. It took me only a couple of chapters to become immersed in the story and I found myself wanting to know what had gone on in the past. The switch between present and past was done pretty well and it was easy to follow with each chapter seemingly leading closer to the truth.
I certainly like the way Chevy Stevens writes and it was easy to follow and had enough mystery interweaved that it held your attention. There were a couple of minor sticking points, but nothing enough for me to really be that bothered. I thought I had it figured out and the plot is seemingly straightforward, but actually it wasn’t until much later in the book that the penny finally dropped about the reasons why.
I am so pleased that I set this challenge to read new authors as Chevy Stevens is certainly an author that is interesting to read. I have already got her next book lined up and can’t wait to get started. This author is certainly one I would recommend and I thoroughly enjoyed it.