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04 February 2015

Review: Crow's Row 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.

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5 Words: drugs, kidnap, murder, lies, insta-love.

Lets take a girl who is rebelling against her rich parents by selfishly taking a full scholarship at a college (despite the fact that there is DEFINITELY someone far more deserving than her who can't afford it who's losing their place because of her) and living in a room the actual dimensions and a mattress just because... Uh... Yeah, I'm not sure. I think she just didn't like her parents because they sent away her POS drug-dealing brother to live with his POS drug-dealing uncle. Because parents who sent away the bad and dangerous influences in their young daughter's life SUCK.


Lets now add a complete creep who has been stalking her for six years and knows everything about her. He's even trained his dog its whole life to track down her scent. How freaking romantic? This dog thinks Find-Emily is the best game EVER. And he's handsome of course. Something about his eyes.

And so they meet. And she's instantly infatuated and in love.

Because crazy stalker criminals are just irresistible.

I'll stop now and just review. I think you've got the picture and I wouldn't want to ruin the completely predictable story of forbidden-insta-love for you.

This book isn't terribly written, it's just that it's a pretty terrible idea. It all felt a little rushed. I'm all for fast paced tales of drama and danger, but this was too fast to be feasible even if you completely suspended disbelief.

This book could have been so much more.

That said, I read it pretty quickly considering what else I've been doing. As I said, the writing is actually pretty damn good. And I will read on in the same way I read on with FSoG, to see just how screwed up it can actually get.

Oh, and I liked the ending. Even if it was hideously predictable. 

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