Review: Those Girls by Chevy Stevens

Those Girls - Chevy Stevens

Publication Date: 7th July 2015 (kindle), 7th January 2015 (paperback) 


Source: Review manuscript copy kindly provided by publisher via Netgalley


Rating: 4.5*


They wanted him gone . . . Then it was their turn to disappear.


The three Campbell sisters, Dani, Courtney and Jess, had always dreamed of a day when their dead-beat alcoholic father would disappear . . . But when their dream becomes a reality, the consequences are more frightening than they ever imagined. Assuming new identities, they have to permanently forget the past.


Eighteen years later, Jess, who now goes by the name Jamie, is faced with a serious problem. Her own teenage daughter is asking too many questions; to answer them will involve her unveiling long-buried secrets about her youth, truths she has spent so long trying to forget. Because why did they all run away that night? And what really happened to their father?


Will those girls ever be able to leave the past behind or is it doomed to haunt them for ever?


A thought-provoking and thrilling portrayal of the lengths people will go to protect the ones they love, Those Girls is the latest novel from bestselling author of That Night and Still Missing.




I've been quite a fan of Chevy's novels ever since her debut, Still Missing, was published in 2010, so I was thrilled to receive an ARC of Those Girls from the publisher, via NetGalley, in return for an honest review.


Those Girls is reminiscent of Chevy's first book and gave me all those scary feelings again. She has such a clever way of writing that really sucks you in from the outset, ensuring you bond with the characters and feel the range of emotions they feel as their journey is revealed.


Sisters Jess, Dani and Courtney are very different from each other and I liked the contrast. I was immediately drawn to Jess, who narrates the story. I don't want to reveal any of the story, but I was rooting for her from the start. Chevy's description of the characters is fantastic - they are intelligently written and just spring to life in your imagination, warts and all.


With Those Girls, Chevy Stevens has created a terrifying psychological thriller that I simply couldn't put down - I read it in one sitting, unable to wait - I simply HAD to know how it ended before I could do anything else. Who needs sleep, right?!