For the Campbell sisters life has always been tough. When their father is gone for work life is just a little bit easier. All they have to worry about is scrounging up money for food when he is gone. When their father is home Jess, Courtney, and Dani have to tiptoe around their father's temper. One night things get out of control and the girls are fighting for their lives. They do the only thing their teenage minds think they can do and they run to escape what they did. But they are jumping from the frying pan into the fire when their truck breaks down in a small backwoods town. They find themselves in the middle of a nightmare that is do or die. They managed to get out of that nightmare, but with new identities in a new city. Now it is eighteen years later and the girls have survived- sticking close to each other in the same neighborhood that has been home for eighteen years. Each of them is haunted by the events all those years ago, but Courtney more than the others and one day Courtney goes missing. Courtney's niece, Skylar, goes chasing after Courtney and walks into a situation she knows nothing about and doesn't understand. Is Skylar doomed to repeat the history she knows nothing about?
Chevy Stevens has to be one of my favorite things about summer. In the midst of all of the fluffy beach reads (that I love, don't get me wrong) we have a story that will just gut you. Chevy Stevens has always come close to crossing that "line" and I think she was closer than ever with Those Girls. Courtney, Dani, and Jess are as poor as poor gets. Their father is about as evil as evil gets. When he returned home I felt my stomach clench with fear for the girls. I knew something bad was going to happen and it did, but that was nothing compared to what happened to the girls when their truck broke down. It was absolutely horrifying. Courtney, Jess, and Dani are the very definition of survivors and I found it very admirable the way they continued on through the years. Through it all though, I don't think I felt their fear as much as I did when Jess realized that Skylar was gone.
Bottom line - Those Girls is a thrilling, suspenseful novel that will have you on the edge of your seat, but it be prepared, it has some really sensitive, disturbing subject matter and many might find it too disturbing.