Friday, October 7, 2016

Review: The Row by J.R. Johansson + GIVEAWAY! (CLOSED)


Hello, my peeps! Today I'm so super darn excited about my stop on the blog tour for The Row by J.R. Johansson hosted by YA Bound Book Tours so a huge thanks to them! I couldn't wait to read this book when I first read the synopsis and I'm so happy I got the chance to review it for you guys.

I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review as part of this blog tour.

Down below if my review of the books as well as all the details on what it's about, the author links and where you can purchase the book for yourself as well as a GIVEAWAY! Who doesn't love a giveaway, right? Be sure to enter and good luck!
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Rating: PG-13
Genre: Crime, Mystery
Score: 4.5 Stars
Page Count: 352
Stand Alone
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Published: October 11th, 2016

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.

Review:
PROS:
1. I always love a good crime novel and so when I found this little book, I just had to get my hands on it. It sounded like a book that we just begging me to read it and I couldn't step away from it. The synopsis just sounded so intriguing and since I just love shows like Criminal Minds and Cold Case, there was no way I wasn't going to read it. Here's the review:

2. I seriously loved all of the characters so much. I really thought that Riley was such an independent character and didn't give up on her father no matter what anyone told her. She was very strong even when things got really rough and she wasn't one to back down when things got hard. She was smart, cunning, clever, and a problem solver. I loved her character so much and watching her grow as a character was just so awesome. I also really liked her parents, Jordan, Mathew, Mr. Masters, Detective Vega, and every other character in the book. They were all just so interesting and I never really knew who to trust fully or be weary of. The cast of characters was just so great and it's been a while since I've read a book with such a great group of characters. Jordan was a lot like Riley, Mathew being just so darn cute and lovable and they had me fully invested in the book the entire time I was reading. 

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3. I think this book has so many twists and turns that at one point, I just gave up trying to figure out for myself who the real killer might be. My suspicions on the characters were all over the board and while it had me asking a million questions about the cases, the characters motives, and their actions, I still really loved reading every single page just wanting to find out what was really going on and who actually committed the murders that Riley's father has been wrongly convicted of, or so the family thinks. This book seriously had me going back and forth on so many things, thinking maybe they already had their criminal behind bars, that the real killer framed Riley's father for some reason, that Riley's father knew more about the murders than what he lead everybody to believe. This book had my brain getting some extra exercise while reading.

4. I just loved how the plot and storyline played out and continued to unfold new secrets, lies, and truths that sent Riley on a chase for the truth and turned her world upside down again and again. Riley quickly finds out that the people she thought she knew better than anyone are keeping a lot more from her than she could possibly imagine and the plot and pace really make the book so exciting and addicting to read as the story progresses and it gets better and better as it goes on. I could probably talk forever about how much I really loved this book and I highly recommend it if you love a good mystery or crime novel that's part psychological thriller.  



The reason I didn't give this book a five-star rating is because
it did take a little bit to get into the book as it was a little slow in the beginning but nothing too bad that it bored me. This book picks up the pace quite quickly about 75 to 100 pages in and it's a roller coaster ride from there. 




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About The Author:




J.R. JOHANSSON is the author of the Night Walkers Series (INSOMNIA, PARANOIA and MANIA) as well as standalone novel, CUT ME FREE. Her 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. 





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