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The Row

The Row

J. R. Johansson

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)


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 can’t 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 STEP INTO THE REGISTRATION BUILDING and marvel at how it smells the same every time. The strong aroma of bleach cleanser that somehow never manages to get rid of the lingering undertone of mildew...

Praise for The Row

“Johansson has established himself as a go-to writer of emotionally resonant teen thrillers...This timely story, evocative of the Serial podcast and Neflix's Making a Murderer, will also appeal to reluctant readers and fans of April Henry and Barry Lyga.” —School Library Journal

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