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Those Girls (2015)

Tekijä: Chevy Stevens

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Fiction. Horror. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:

Life has never been easy for the three Campbell sisters. Jess, Courtney, and Dani live on a remote ranch in western Canada where they work hard and try to stay out of the way of their father's fists. One night, a fight gets out of hand, and the sisters are forced to go on the run, only to get caught in an even worse nightmare when their truck breaks down in a small town. Events spiral out of control, and a chance encounter with the wrong people leaves them in a horrific and desperate situation. They are left with no choice but to change their names and create new lives.

Eighteen years later, they are still trying to forget what happened that summer when one of the sisters goes missing and they are pulled back into their past. But this time there's nowhere left to run. As much a thriller as it is a deep exploration of the bonds among sisters, Those Girls is an unforgettable portrait of desperation, loyalty, and evil.

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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 47) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
this has to be one of the best books I have read in a very long time. I could not put this book down. a true page turner kept me interested minute to minute wondering what was going to happen next. this is a must read ( )
  Mariafrendo | Apr 6, 2024 |
Not her best book, the writing seemed like it was done by an amateur, not someone who has written several previous books. The characters were likeable enough although pretty naive which is what drives the plot. Their continued "misfortunes" seemed to be brought on themselves because of this after they first escape their abusive father. The climax of the book and the rescue was rather predictable, and many of the conclusions drawn by the characters were just too coincidental to be believable. The final chapter, however was a bit more to her standard of writing and flowed rather well. As I said, the book as a whole was not her best but it did hold my attention. I will give her at least one more try if she writes any more books in the future. ( )
  Jen-Lynn | Aug 1, 2022 |
I enjoyed this one. It could get a no redundant and sometimes you wanted to strangle the characters, but I think it was well written and kept my attention. ( )
  purple_pisces22 | Mar 14, 2021 |
This was SO good. Seriously. This was so good that I finished a 12 hour audiobook in less than 2 days. I didn't want to step away from it, and when I had to - my mind kept going back to the story. It was so good, but it was really uncomfortable to listen to. I had become so connected with these characters, so thoroughly absorbed in their story that it was painful to watch them go through such traumatic abuse. And then there were times that I was annoyed with one of them to the point that I think I actually shouted out loud like you would at the TV when some idiot character goes to investigate a sound instead of getting the hell out of there. "Those Girls" was brilliantly written and the narration was exceptional. Read it. You really should. ( )
  NCDonnas | Jan 2, 2021 |
This was SO good. Seriously. This was so good that I finished a 12 hour audiobook in less than 2 days. I didn't want to step away from it, and when I had to - my mind kept going back to the story. It was so good, but it was really uncomfortable to listen to. I had become so connected with these characters, so thoroughly absorbed in their story that it was painful to watch them go through such traumatic abuse. And then there were times that I was annoyed with one of them to the point that I think I actually shouted out loud like you would at the TV when some idiot character goes to investigate a sound instead of getting the hell out of there. "Those Girls" was brilliantly written and the narration was exceptional. Read it. You really should. ( )
  NCDonnas | Jan 2, 2021 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 47) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
*****
“A ministering angel shall my sister be.” ~ William Shakespeare

When I get a really fun book the review usually writes itself. All I have to do is get out of the way, make sure that the spelling is right and try not to go on too long. Those Girls by Chevy Stevens is almost the polar opposite. It’s an exceptionally good novel by an exceptionally good writer, but it’s a tough book to read, and a tough book to review, but I urge you to read it. Even at it’s darkest moments it’s well worth your while.

The Campbell sisters have a hard life; Jess, Courtney and Dani live on a remote and rundown ranch in Western Canada, where they work hard with little to show for it. Their mother has passed away and the only person in their life is their alcoholic abusive father, who is on the road most of the time. When he is home the sisters live in constant fear of his fearsome temper. The only thing that they have is a fierce love for each other, and their dreams; the eldest, Dani, has a steady boyfriend and loves the farm; middle girl Courtney cuts a swath through the boys and wants to be a singer, and the youngest, Jess has her camera, even though she can rarely afford film.

When their father finally comes home the fear is palpable. When he learns that Courtney has been seeing an older man, he explodes, beating the sisters, burning Courtney with a red-hot pan and trying to drown her in the toilet until Jess shoots and kills him. Afraid that they will end up either in foster care or jail the girls bury him, and take off in their beat-up truck, headed for Vancouver.

Remember that this is only the beginning. Things get even worse. It’s not long before the truck breaks down on the road and the girls are forced to rely on two older brothers, Brian and Gavin, who stop to see what’s wrong. The girl’s don’t trust them, but with little or no options they follow the men to a remote ranch, where they are stranded. As the tension mounts the girls try to figure a way out but before they can the men jump them, beat them, tie them up and move them to an isolated warehouse. What happens next is not for the faint of heart, and Ms. Stevens doesn’t flinch. After five days of hideous abuse the girls, violated, their spirits almost broken, manage to escape. A good samaritan helps them flee to Vancouver, but it’s clear that the sisters will be affected forever. As they try to adjust to life in the city and struggle to overcome the trauma that haunts them they discover that Jess is pregnant. After deciding to put the child up for adoption she changes her mind at the last minute, and the girls become a foursome as Jess gives birth to a daughter.

The story continues eighteen years later, as the sister, under new names, are carving out lives in Vancouver. Dani and Jess are doing all right, although they work non-stop just to get by, but Courtney, who faced the worst of the abuse, parties incessantly, goes from job to job and disappears for weeks at a time. Her life affects both sisters, but has a profound impact on Jess’s daughter, Starling, who knows next to nothing about the sisters past. Crystal disappears once more, and the story plunges back into the harrowing finale.

If I were to judge this book only as a thriller I would give it high marks; it is unbearably tense, and as blood-curdling as a horror novel. The sisters are all solid characters, and the prose is spot-on. What elevates this book for me is that it makes a vitally important statement about the effects abuse has upon girls without sacrificing any of the qualities that makes it a good novel. I can see that the girls have almost no hope from the beginning. The abuse they suffer at the hands of their father will mark them for life. The poverty, the isolation, and the lack of opportunities almost guarantees that their lives will be hard; and they are. All of the girls struggle with money, with relationships, and they work unbelievably hard. Still, somehow, they have hope. They persevere, by supporting each other, and if they don’t exactly triumph, they survive, with grace and dignity. That’s a lot for a thriller.

Review by: Mark Palm
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Fiction. Horror. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:

Life has never been easy for the three Campbell sisters. Jess, Courtney, and Dani live on a remote ranch in western Canada where they work hard and try to stay out of the way of their father's fists. One night, a fight gets out of hand, and the sisters are forced to go on the run, only to get caught in an even worse nightmare when their truck breaks down in a small town. Events spiral out of control, and a chance encounter with the wrong people leaves them in a horrific and desperate situation. They are left with no choice but to change their names and create new lives.

Eighteen years later, they are still trying to forget what happened that summer when one of the sisters goes missing and they are pulled back into their past. But this time there's nowhere left to run. As much a thriller as it is a deep exploration of the bonds among sisters, Those Girls is an unforgettable portrait of desperation, loyalty, and evil.

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