Seventeen-year-old Charlotte barely escaped from her abusive parents. Her little brother, Sam, wasn't as lucky. Now she's trying to begin the new life she always dreamed of for them, but never thought she'd have to experience alone. She's hired a techie-genius with a knack for forgery to remove the last ties to her old life. But while she can erase her former identity, she can't rid herself of the memories. And her troubled history won't let her ignore the little girl she sees one day in the park. The girl with the bruises and burn marks.
That's when Charlotte begins to receive the messages. Threatening notes left in her apartment--without a trace of entry. And they're addressed to Piper, her old name. As the messages grow in frequency, she doesn't just need to uncover who is leaving; she needs to stop whoever it is before anyone else she loves ends up dead.
Praise for CUT ME FREE: "A superb blend of mystery and romance, it's never what you expect. A masterpiece."
--Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of the Lux and Covenant series
"A gripping thriller about the fierceness of hope, even in the face of the unspeakable."
--Julie Berry, author of All The Truth That's in Me
"Tense and addictive, Cut Me Free is a gripping psychological thriller that will stay with you long after you've finished the last page."
--Gretchen McNeil, author of Ten and the Don't Get Mad series
"Chilling, heartbreaking, and compulsively readable. These characters will haunt you."
--Jennifer Lynn Barnes, author of The Naturals
"Your heart will ache with sympathy and pound with terror in rapid alternation as you read J.R. Johansson's breathtaking novel."
--Emmy Laybourne, author of the Monument 14 trilogy
"Every page of Cut Me Free is eerier and more haunting than the last. Piper is an honest and daringly brave narrator with a voice that will captivate readers until the very end."
--Sarah Harian, author of The Wicked We Have Done
"Cut Me Free is a beautifully written, dark, suspenseful thriller that gets under your skin on page one and never lets up."
--Michelle Gagnon, author of Don't Turn Around
Professional Trade Reviews for CUT ME FREE:
"...this suspenseful novel focuses attention on the plight of enslaved and abused children through an action/adventure plot." --BCCB
"This chiller for older teens offers an exceptional, albeit highly disturbing, narration by a survivor of abuse." --VOYA
"Richly developed characters, swift pacing, and a present-tense narrative plunge the reader effectively into the moment, while Johansson's empathy for victims of domestic abuse draws attention to an important issue." --Booklist
"After escaping abuse at the hands of her parents, one girl must fight to save herself and those closest to her from a new threat...A thriller tracing the evolution of a strong-willed protagonist as she rallies against the demons of her past." --Kirkus Reviews
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.