Book Review: 'Those Girls'

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Chevy Stevens. St. Martin's Press, 376 pp. $26.99

If you read my column on Tuesday, you'll know that the entire time I read this book I thought, "None of this would have happened if you'd made smart decisions."

"Those" girls are the Campbell sisters, Jess, Courtney and Dani. They live on a rented run-down ranch with their dad, whose gone most of the time and violent when he's around.

They finally get out of that situation, but their car breaks down on the side of the road and when they're put in a position to trust the strangers to stop to help, they're thrust into an even more terrifying situation. Eventually, they are forced to create new identities and begin new lives.

But years later, one of the sisters goes missing. Her niece -- the daughter of another sister -- knows where she's headed, and follows her to bring her home. Suddenly these girls are brought right back into the past, and the events they tried so hard to forget.

"Those Girls," is a relatively quick read; I finished it in one sitting. I suppose it could also be used to raise awareness for violence against women and girls. However, with every new plot direction I found myself saying aloud, "You shouldn't have done that." Unfortunately, had the girls followed common sense, most of the story would never even have happened.

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