As my last blog posting before vacation, I thought I would make mention of a novel that came across my desk recently by a former University of Ottawa student.
Julie Hockley recently published her first novel — Crow’s Row.
Here’s the description from the back cover.
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 jobs 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 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 evens knows she is missing.
If you want to know more, click here for Hockley’s website.