Published by St. Martin's Press on Jun 17, 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Format: eARC from Netgalley
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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.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Oh my goodness, this was an amazing book. It was such a powerful read.
The narrative was split between the current story, which starts as Tori leaves jail on parole, and the past history of what happened, told through a series of flashbacks. It sounds a bit confusing, but it wasn’t. It was easy to follow, and even easier to get addicted to.
I was delighted at the Canadian setting. Not just that it was Canadian, but the book is set in the town that I live in, which is crazy. I don’t live in a metropolis either, I live in a tiny city on Vancouver Island. I spent a large part of the story with one part of my mind looking for details and settings that I’d recognize. There isn’t much there, the setting is really just in the background, but it was still exciting.
I found Tori to be a very likable character. It would be easy to feel sorry for her as she suffered a lot for an act she didn’t do, but she’s too strong for pity. She’s much easier to admire and I really wanted her to have a happy ending.
Overall, I loved this book. It was powerful and emotional, and felt realistic. It was easy to get swept up in the story. I’d highly recommend this book to everyone.