NetGalley Review: The Row by J.R. Johansson

29611999Title: The Row
Author: J.R. Johansson
Published: Oct. 11, 2016
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Publishing Group Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Pages: 352 (print)
Genre: YA, Murder
Review: ebook provided by NetGalley and publisher
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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.

I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.

Not only did the cover pull me into wanting to read this book but the blurb as well. A teen who has a father in prison more over on death row what can this book be about. Is he guilty or is he innocence? How will Riley's life change if he dies? So many questions I had and they were answered. Riley has had a hard life ever since her father went away and was sentenced to death row for the murders of three people. She doesn't get close to anyone and you would expect that, so when she gets close to one person she gets a big surprise as to who he is. Which of course leads her to fight within herself on rather she should leave him alone or ask him for help on helping her fight for her father's innocence. 
With the death sentencing looming on Riley and the statement her father makes to her, she slowly enlists  the help of Jordan and later on the attorney for her father and goes out to find the truth to get her father out but will it be too late or will the truth hurt her in the end? Who knows. I can honestly say I loved this story from the beginning to the end and really felt for Riley as a character. Now her mother I couldn't imagine being the wife to a supposed serial killer and not being able to fully move on with your life. 
I can honestly say that if you like page turners and bit of truth finding then pick this book up. I really liked this author's writing style, character development and how she is able to pull you in and not let you go. 

J. R. Johansson
 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. Find out more about her on her website:


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