Publication Date: July 7, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
The Campbell sisters have a rough life. Their mother died leaving them alone with their abusive, alcoholic father. When he’s away working, they are stuck fending for themselves. When he’s home, they try to stay out of his way. When Dani, Courtney and Jess can’t take the abuse any longer, they decide to run away to Vancouver. Only getting there isn’t as easy as they think it will be. Forced to take on new identities, the sisters forge a new life filled with secrets and lies. Those secrets and lies will eventually come back to haunt them years later when Jess’ daughter searches for the truth.
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Holy. Moly. Those Girls is the most intense, suspenseful thriller I’ve ever read. The suspense started from the first chapter and never stopped. Just when I would think the story was getting to a place where I could relax, the intensity would begin again. Those Girls had me so anxious that, at times, I would have to take a break every few minutes before I could pick up the book again. So, 5 stars for the thriller aspect of the novel!
As for the actual storyline…To be completely honest, at times it was too much for me. The abuse/rape scenes were almost too graphic. It was uncomfortable to read what Dani, Courtney and Jess had to go through when I liked their characters so much. I get that life isn’t always pretty and sometimes things are ugly, but that didn’t make it any easier to read.
That being said, I still thought Those Girls was really good. Chevy Stevens is a phenomenal writer who knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat. I was interested in where the story was going the entire time and I didn’t want to put the book down (Even though I had to for mental breaks!). I think anyone that enjoys a good, suspenseful thriller will like Those Girls.
Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and Goodreads First Reads for the opportunity to read and honestly review Those Girls.