Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Blog Tour Review ft Giveaway- THE ROW by J.R. Johansson

The Row
by J.R. Johansson
Genre: YA Mystery
Release Date: October 11th 2016

Summary from Goodreads:

A death sentence. A family torn apart. One girl’s hunt for the truth.

Seventeen-year-old Riley Beckett is no stranger to prison. Her father is a convicted serial killer on death row who has always maintained that he was falsely accused. Riley has never missed a single visit with her father. She wholeheartedly believes that he is innocent.

Then, a month before the execution date, Riley’s world is rocked when, in an attempt to help her move on, her father secretly confesses to her that he actually did carry out the murders. He takes it back almost immediately, but she cannot forget what he’s told her. Determined to uncover the truth for her own sake, she discovers something that will forever change everything she’s believed about the family she loves.  

This was definitely a book that caught my interest from the blurb. I felt like it would be a hit or miss, depending on how the story went. Luckily, it was a big hit for me. 'The Row' left me with feelings of bittersweet justice. Without giving too much away, it pretty much broke my heart and brought tears to my eyes. Some might not agree that this is a book filled with emotion but it was for me. I put myself in the heroines shoes and felt everything she felt. 

Riley's father is a convicted serial killer on death row. She doesn't believe that he had anything to do with the murder that put him there. So it's up to her and a mysteriously kind boy to solve who the real killer is by the time her fathers death sentence looms closer. But the more you read, the more you think that maybe the truth is much better buried. There were some great twists that kept reading until the very last page. 

To keep the book more mysterious for you I won't say much else. Too much and I may give something away! I loved the plot, the characters, and how well the author made me care. She truly shocked me and once I thought I had it all figured out, I really didn't. Not at all. Books like these always leave a lasting impression on me for many reasons. But the best one is one that can evoke all the emotions out of me. 

Overall, I look forward to whatever books the author writes next. I'd love to be able to get lost in another book!

*Thank you to YA Bound Books for providing a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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Also available October 11th by the author, the paperback of CUT ME FREE!

About the Author
J.R.  Johansson's books have been published in a dozen languages and more than twenty countries worldwide. She has a B.S. degree in public relations and a background in marketing. She credits her abnormal psychology minor with inspiring many of her characters. She lives in Utah with two sons, a wonderful husband, three cats, and a hot tub named Valentino. 

She is represented by the stellar  Kathleen Rushall of Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

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