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Cut Me Free by J.R. Johansson

From the title you expect a horrifying thriller, of the likes of Stephen King. What you get is a PG version for the YA audience. But readers shouldn’t be surprised, this is a YA novel after all. There is also the prerequisite bit of the "girl meets guy, girl pretends she doesn’t like guy, but girl eventually ends up liking guy" formula and, if that’s what you look for in a book, you won’t be disappointed.

It’s a kind of Flowers In The Attic sequel. In fact, Cut Me Free even references the classic novel. Seventeen-year-old Charlotte has escaped a dreadful situation. All throughout her childhood she and her brother have been locked up in an attic by her parents. A victim of abuse, she has somehow managed to escape. This is when we meet her…on the run, and desperately trying to change her name and identity. She enlists the help of Cam, a handsome teen and techie genius, to forge new documents for her new life. With a new name – Piper – and a new haircut and hair colour she thinks she is all set. But she seems to have left a trail of blood along the way, and the past catches up to her. Someone knows her secret. Can it be her father?

As memories continue to haunt Piper, threatening notes surface in her apartment. The puzzling thing is that there is no evidence of entry.

J.R. Johansson has delivered a novel that is interesting and suspenseful. With richly engaging characters, she manages to combine a beautiful blend of mystery and romance which leaves you hooked right from the first page.

Cut Me Free

Blog post by @ShilpaRaikar (Creative strategist, decor enthusiast and book lover, who also writes for a branding blog:, as well as a lifestyle blog: T: @SukasaStyle)