Those Girls: A Novel
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“If you are looking for a riveting mix of survival, redemption and sheer terror, Those Girls is not to be missed.” –Bookreporter
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 temper. 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. As events spiral out of control, they find themselves in a horrifying situation and 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. But when one of the sisters goes missing, followed closely by her niece, they are pulled back into the past. And this time there's nowhere left to run.
With Those Girls Chevy Stevens presents her most visceral thriller yet: an unforgettable portrait of desperation, loyalty, and evil. A story of survival…and revenge.
"Such an engrossing, suspenseful tale … Highly recommended for fans of the genre who relish nail-biting suspense as well as stories about the endurance of family and the human spirit.” –Library Journal (starred)
Copyright infringement is against the law. If you believe the copy of this e-book you are reading infringes on the author’s copyright, please notify the publisher at: us.macmillanusa.com/piracy. For Piper, my favorite girl AUTHOR’S NOTE Though there is a town called Cache Creek in British Columbia, my “Cash Creek” is fictional and in a different location. The town of Littlefield is also fictional. All other locations are real. PART ONE JESS CHAPTER ONE JULY 1997 We’d only been on the road
going to start looking for him. If we say he skipped out on us again, they’ll put us in foster care.” “You’re almost eighteen, maybe they’ll let you keep us,” I said. “I’d have to show that I could support you.” “Walter and Ingrid might let us stay if we kept working on the ranch.” “It’s not enough money and Dad’s already behind,” Dani said. “We could go on welfare,” I said. “Or maybe Corey’s parents would let us stay there?” Dani was pretty close to her boyfriend’s family and they were
didn’t tell us that before,” I said. The soup was boiling on the stove. The man stirred it, the aroma filling the air. My stomach grumbled. “Didn’t want to scare you. Brian’s uncle, he checks that camera all the time.” “Shit,” Dani said, gnawing on her nails. “When you don’t claim your truck, they’ll chop it up for parts. I don’t know where you came from or who you’re running from, but you took a chance driving it out here. Trucks need gas, trucks break down. If you leave it, it’s like you
other times Courtney or Dani woke me up yelling out. Sometimes I just heard one of them crying. I wasn’t always sure which one, but it didn’t matter—we shared the same pain, the same nightmares. Sometimes I just walked around the apartment checking the locks, padding through the hall, sitting in the armchair for hours, watching the door. We didn’t talk about Dad or what had happened in Cash Creek. We didn’t talk about the ranch, our old house, Ingrid and Walter and Corey. They were all gone.
she’d taken off in the past, watered her plants, collected her newspapers. It wasn’t unusual, the sudden departure, but I was surprised the dishes were washed, the trash can emptied. I wondered if Skylar had cleaned up. Before I’d left I’d also searched for Crystal’s gun. It wasn’t there, but I hadn’t been worried, had only thought my sister wanted it for protection. From what? The whisper grew louder. Skylar had thought she’d gone to Cash Creek. What if … No, don’t think that. Skylar had