Book Review: Crow's Row

Crow's Row (Crow's Row #1) by Julie Hockley: For college student Emily Sheppard, the thought of spending a summer alone in New York is much more preferable than spending it in France with her parents.

Just completing her freshman year at Callister University, Emily faces a quiet summer in the city slums, supporting herself by working at the campus library.
During one of her jogs through the nearby cemetery while visiting her brother Bill’s grave, Emily witnesses a brutal killing—and then she blacks out. When Emily regains consciousness, she realizes she’s been kidnapped by a young crime boss and his gang.

She is hurled into a secret underworld, wondering why she is still alive and for how long.

Held captive in rural Vermont, she tries to make sense of her situation and what it means. While uncovering secrets about her brother and his untimely death, Emily falls in love with her very rich and very dangerous captor, twenty- six-year-old Cameron. She understands it’s a forbidden love and one that won’t allow her to return to her previous life.

But love may not be enough to save Emily when no one even knows she is missing.

Lori's thoughts: The chatter about this book died down, and I'd almost forgotten it was on my Kindle waiting, like countless others, to be read. The hoopla about the sequel coming out sparked my re-interest this week, so I started reading Crow's Row and was hooked. The best part about waiting until now to read Crow's Row is the fact that I only have a few short days to wait for the release of the Sequel: Scare Crow. Crow's Row was originally published in April 2011. If I had read it back then and had to wait for the sequel -- I would have likely given up hope of it ever coming out.

Julie Hockley knows how to weave a tale. If you are looking for a book that moves at the pace of a Midwestern tornado, this is probably not the book for you. It is a slow, intricately laced together tale. The chemistry, the tension, between Cameron and Emmy is perfect. This book is not about how many times the hero and heroine can have sex between page 1 and page 400 -- no...there is actually a plot! The book is well-written and it sucked me in immediately. The ending has been much discussed -- and all I can say is: Thank goodness book two comes out soon!

Crow's Row is not a warm fuzzy, happily-ever-after read. People die -- important people. There is violence. There is edge of your seat action. What a good movie this would make! It is a slow burning tale of love between two unlikely candidates. The ending may not make you happy, but it is a logical conclusion to an extremely well written tale.

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