Title: That Night
Author: Cyn Balog
Publication: June 4, 2019
Genre: Teen, YA Fiction
SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)
Hailey wants to know the truth, but there are some secrets that are best left buried…
Hailey is determined to find out all she can about her boyfriend’s suicide. She knows Declan wouldn’t kill himself, even if she can’t remember a lot of what lead up to that fateful night.
Kane, Declan’s stepbrother and Hailey’s best friend, wants to move past what happened—not dig up bad memories. But the more Hailey searches for information, the more she remembers.
As the truth begins to unravel, Hailey finds herself unveiling secrets she never could have imagined—secrets that have the possibility of ruining everything…
**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
Cyn Balog’s new book That Night was coming out and the moment I heard about it I knew I had to read it. I was a fan of her previous book, Alone, that I had reviewed and I could not wait to get my hands on this one.
I devoured this book. That is the best way I can think to describe it. Finished in approximately 4-5 hours of reading in one day, a page turner is an understatement. To start, the characters are so different and well written. Each one could be your friend, family member, or neighbor. There is someone to relate to no matter your viewpoint in life. I personally loved Declan. He was that super appealing, attractive boy next door, but also sweet and sensitive and had depth. There was layer after layer of personality to get to know as I read. I also love how a person can change when they go through something tragic, heartbreaking, or just hard for them. People’s behavior is very much controlled by their environment and the things that happen to them. I loved the point of view of Hailey because she was such an intricate character that I could not quite peg what was going on with her at any given point.
Balog writes in a way where you think you have the story figured out, but then the ending comes and you are left stunned. I had not guessed the ending, even though in my head I was convinced I had. She writes smooth, even with jumping from past to present. I quite enjoyed reading about the present and how the characters were feeling, dealing, and coping, and then the next chapter would flash back and you’d get a bit more insight into the why’s of their behavior now. Not giving anything away, but as you read tell me if you agree. I was 100% sure that Kane was shady to the core. Maybe he is? You’ll have to read. I think Balog’s way of writing this back and forth made the story that much more interesting. It was like putting together a puzzle. You could see the final outcome forming, but until that last piece was placed you had no clue what you were really looking at.
If you like a good mystery… a REALLY good mystery… intertwined with a little romance, lots of drama, a few laughs, and a ton of suspense then That Night is definitely a book to check out. Every time I read another of Cyn Balog’s books I become a bigger and bigger fan. Her writing is like none other and her stories are unique to the core. I cannot wait until the next one.
STAR RATING: 5/5
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