Three teenage girls are on the run when they leave their small town of Littlefield in western Canada to escape an abusive past and start new lives in Vancouver. Can they forget the violence they suffered?
In this fast-paced thriller, Dani, Courtney and Jess Campbell never stop running from what happened in Littlefield, and the horrors they meet when their truck breaks down in Cash Creek. Dani’s the leader, Courtney’s the pretty one and Jess has the brains to do great things. But they must all work together to survive.
The scars of their abuse take different forms, probably the most interesting part of the story, as the three girls try to build normal lives in Vancouver. It looks as if they may succeed until Courtney’s boyfriend turns out to be bad news and she decides the only way to get rid of the past is to confront it head on.
But new dangers await the girls, now women. It’s a race against time culminating in a shocking finish.
Themes of female empowerment run strong in this battle between good and evil, as well as the importance of family and friends, and readers will have no trouble deciding which side to take.
A note of caution: Those Girls contains many detailed violent scenes and readers may question how necessary these descriptions are. I think that, while some of the early events establish the author’s characters, later scenes seem over the top. In addition, readers will need to let go of reality during the final showdown between the women and their abusers. It’s better just to go along for the ride than say, “That would never happen!”
I recommend Those Girls, with this warning, to readers who enjoy thrillers and stories about women overcoming abuse.
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For more stories about female empowerment and overcoming abuse, check out this audio book review of Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens, narrated by Rachel Fulginiti and Caitlin Davies.