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Crow's Row by Julie Hockley

Friday, September 16, 2011

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.

Goodreads Summary

This book is much better (and not like) Twilight at all no matter how much the summary makes it sound similar.  The characters will draw the reader into the novel, the plot is different-kidnapped by a enigmatic crime boss, anyone?  and the events are very fast-paced. 

Some parts of the book will make the reader want to shake the characters.  When Emily begins to fall in love with Cameron, the reader will be shaking his/her head sadly..but the author manages to make the concept considerably appealing and even believable.  Cameron, though he is a crime boss, appears charismatic, protective, and oddly "raw."  He would be the perfect hero if he weren't, well, the technical antagonist.  Emily is a fun character to get to know; the reader will get to really know her, even anticipate her actions and thoughts.  The secondary characters are intriguing and well-developed too. 

The events are orderly and laid out plainly, there won't be any confusing the reader in this novel.  The ending, it's fair to warn a potential reader, might not be a happily ever after per se, but it is perfect for the book and really wraps everything up.  This book is recommended for young adults/adults.

4 Stars