Review: Crow’s Row (Crow’s Row #1) by Julie Hockley

9781462003907_COVER.inddBOYFRIEND BOOKMARK RATING: ★★★★★

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.


I read the first edition of Crow’s Row nearly two years ago and was familiar with the story line, but nothing prepared me to re-read it, even knowing the outcome of the story. This is just such a suspenseful story which surprisingly is filled with the most beautiful love story.

But it is the love of a famiy, a brother and a dog. But all of that love is in such a tangled dark world that you can only enter, with no chance of escaping. It is dark and sinister and one bad move could ultimately lead to your demise. But even knowing about this dark world and the shady characters in it you just can’t help but hope that true love will prevail.

Emily runs almost every day. It is her escape and her path never falters or changes. She always runs through the shady neighborhood that takes her right past her brother’s grave in the cemetary. No one ever understood her and the life she grew up in except her brother. Her brother, the one that protect her until the very end. He always looked out for her, comforted her and was there for her. But when he died, Emily broke. That was it for her. The only thing she could do was put one foot in front of the other and carry on.

She had to move beyond the life with her family and the loss of her brother. What seemed nearly impossible on most days, she could hide out in the library and work, but one day on her run a force of nature hit her with such force that she was left breathless. Ok, so maybe he wasn’t a force of nature, but rather someone’s ginormous dog… which ultimatley led to meeting his owner, Cameron.

The next time she saw Cameron again, everything in her world changed, she saw things she should have and then her world went dark. She woke up in a strange place, in a strange bed and he had an unbelievable pain in her head. But she also had a little bit of comfort knowing that Cameron was there. She didn’t know a lot about him but she knew he was dangerous and yet she felt so safe and protected. But the events that follow will take your breath away in fear and make you fall in love.

This is an emotional read no matter how many times you read it. It is not an easy read and it will leave you a mess. I wanted to curl up in a ball and rock back and forth until it ended, yes, even the second time around. I wanted to cling to Emily and protect her and her heart. I wanted to nudge Cameron towards her. To allow him to accept her into his world. But they were both torn and living in two completely different workds.

When their worlds collide, everything is set in motion, things happen that shouldn’t and Cameron knows he needs to get Emily out of this situation. But she is just as stubborn and doesn’t want to let go of him of what they find.

But where my world completely shut down while reading this book was the end. After reading through the drama and suspense throughout the entire book and you just know nothing else could possibly happen, it happens and it happens big.

Even though this was not my first time reading this book, it felt like a completely different story to me. I was clinging to the pages and embracing the characters a little harder. This is one of those books you don’t want to put down but have no choice to. It is not a short book so a day job prevented me from reading it all at once. But it was so worth coming home to the next night after I had started it.

Julie Hockley went through some serious editing and modifications on this new edition of Crow’s Row and it was even more amazing the second time around. I fell in love with her writing all over again. I fell in love with this dark world and I fell in love with the characters again. I didn’t expect new feelings for this book when I opened it for the second time, but I think I loved it even more!



A former germaphobe and clean-freak turned mother of two, Julie collects enough tears and snot in a month to recreate Slimer Monster from Ghostbusters. Other than playing devoted wife and mama, Julie is the funniest person in the room (according to the 3 year-old and 2 year-old in said room) and can build the most awesome Lego rocket ship you’ve ever set your eyes on (according to her). Oh, and she has a full time career and has also written a bestselling novel. Superhero, or just downright insane?


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