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Cut Me Free

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  945 Ratings  ·  222 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 27th 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Jul 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook
Cut me Free's plot involves lot of disturbing happenings and broken characters, so it's really unfortunate that it wasn't the emotional read I was expecting. I was really loving it at first, but at the end I felt kind of meh about the whole thing.

I think it will all depend what you expect from it. After I read the blurb that talks of abusive parents and death and memories, I though this would be an emotional wreck of a read; a psychologically dense story. Instead, it focuses mostly on the thril
Sara Raasch
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you thought INSOMNIA was creepy, you ain't seen nothing yet.

CUT ME FREE is chilling--physically, emotionally. Emotionally times two. It will drag you in and tie you up in a tight knot of heart-racing creepiness, while resonating with real-world events that add a level of sinking breathlessness.

You want this book. But you want in a well-lit room with all the doors locked and windows shut tight.
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The stereotypical Freud line is, "Tell me about your mother." For Piper, this is not a good question to ask. And "tell me about your father" is even worse. Because how do you tell someone that your parents kept you and your little brother captive in an attic as playthings for their sadistic torture sessions?

You don't. Especially when your little brother is dead and you killed the people who did it.

Trust? What's trust? Why trust anyone? Trust will get you nowhere but hurt and dead. Lies will pro
Dec 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-releases
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Cut Me Free by J.R. Johansson
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publication Date: January 27, 2015
Rating: 3 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 f
Jennifer Armentrout
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Colleen Houck
Really liked this book. I mean I hated that everything in it happened but it was so well written and compelling. Piper is such a strong character. I wanted to reach into the pages and pull her out and tell her everything is going to be okay.
Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato


Actual Rating 3.5
Cut Me Free was quite honestly not what I expected it to be. I went into the book looking for something more along the lines of mind fuck and got something different.  But it was a good different. This book may not have been what I wanted it to be but what it was was something that was enjoyable. I do use that term loosely though because this is a book that deals with serious is
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Contemporary books, as of late, have taken on heavier and important topics that need to be addressed in our society. Cut Me Free is one of them and it discusses physical abuse. The main protagonist, Charlotte was physically abused since she was young by her so called mother, and then her step-father along with her mother. We're talking serious business here, as in her brother was born inside the house and was never registered.. so legally? he doesn't exist. This frightened me so much because thi ...more
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

Creepy. Heart-pounding. Chilling. Dark. Meaningful. Important. Amazing. Book-hangover-inducing.

I absolutely loved Cut Me Free. I loved reading Piper's story. It was very dark and chilling, but meaningful as well. The moment I first saw this book, I just knew it was my kind of read. From the cover to the description to the subject matter and genre, it was my type of read. I am so glad to say that it met my expectations
Cut Me Free is a hard book to rate. It was an OK read, but parts irritated me. The main character Piper has been through hell. The Parents placed her and her brother Sam in the attic and they were subjected to all sorts of torture. Piper manages to escape and she finds Cam, who helps her change her identity and get a new place to live.

Piper becomes Charlotte and she learns to live on her own. Here's the thing - she never went to school and has never was properly socialized, yet she functions li
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This book was seriously good ! I was actually expecting to like it… I never read the synopsis of this book, not even after I finished reading the book, but I was expecting a lot fro
Danielle (Love at First Page)
Sep 09, 2014 marked it as lost-interest-or-not-for-me
Shelves: arc, dnf-or-skimmed
DNF @ page 95.

Sadly, I have to set this one aside because the story isn't working for me. The first few pages did capture my interest - the main character has escaped from a terrifying home life, and for the past year she has been alone in the "real world" for the first time. She's had to learn how to survive on her own, trusting no one and always on the run. Yet, all too soon, Cut Me Free stopped holding my attention. We find out what Charlotte has had to experience, and it's absolutely terribl
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
This is a very hard book to review, because it deals with some seriously gritty subject matter. Puppies and rainbows this is not. Charlotte has had basically the life from hell, and that is putting it mildly. I am hoping that none of us can comprehend the horror that she experienced, and somehow lived through at the hand of her "parents". Now, she is trying to navigate life on her own while trying to put the events from her past as far behind her as possible.

I found Charlotte incredibly hard to

**Thank you J.R. Johansson for your generous giveaway on Goodreads**

After reading the last of Harry Potter, I needed a book to read that would kick-start my inner bookworm from it's state of depression and inspire me to keep reading. I won CUT ME FREE from a giveaway on Goodreads and had been sitting on my shelf for about a week. Why not read it?

I am SO glad I chose this book for my kick-starter! I read it in a day and a half, unable to peel my eyes away from Charlott
Kathy Martin
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
CUT ME FREE was an excellent story that caught a grip on my heart and didn't let go until the last page was turned. Piper is on the run from her old life. She spent eleven years in the attic of the people she called The Parents being abused. For six of those years she had the company of her brother Sam. She did her best to protect him but, one day, the Father woke her up and told her to bury him. That was the last straw for Piper. She attacked both the Mother and the Father and believes that she ...more
Elise (TheBookishActress)
3 stars. This is definitely a good book, but it really does not fit the blurb very well.

This book seems to be advertised as a book about abuse and its psychological repurcussions. It is not that. This book is a very well-written, high tension thriller. It's just missing the psychological aspects I was looking for. However, the potential is not realized. This could be so much more than a cheap thriller.

As a thriller, this book is not bad. There's nothing splitting it apart from other thrillers,
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent read. It is a psychological thriller wound around the realities of abuse, kidnapping and sociopathy in society. What struck me most about this book was the obvious understanding the author has of the underlying emotional and psychological struggle the central character is experiencing as she comes to terms with being 'free'. I struggled to put this book down.

It is true that there is a strong romance line running through the story, but this fits well with the narrative becaus
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“Cut Me Fee” is dark, and it is the most beautiful novel I’ve ever read. Each emotion is real, true to the main character’s life and background, but even better is how raw they are. I didn’t just know what emotions Piper felt, I lived them. Jenn Johansson stunning words brought these lovable characters to life in a way that leaves me thinking about them long after I’ve closed the book.

Well-written, thrilling, and not a page without suspense (whether from danger or the heart-wrenching and subtle
This was absolutely captivating. It's a tough topic, but handled really well.

I loved Charlotte. She's such a fighter. Sanda is absolutely adorable and I don't have words for the awesomeness that is Cam.

The tension was delicious and the twists kept me guessing until the very end.
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another fabulous story by author J.R. Johansson. The complex characters and emotionally moving story line made this book a great read. There is plenty of suspense and romance, along with the harsh reality of abuse that makes this a book you will not forget for a long time.
Carla Dente
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Las últimas 100 páginas están bárbaras!
No fue perfecto, pero me gustó mucho ^^
Pronto la reseña♥
Erin Arkin
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Cut Me Free by J.R. Johansson was a book that pulled me into the story and made it really hard to put the book down. There is a definite darkness to this story and the main character has suffered through something that is unimaginable but she comes through it with a toughness that helps her survive when she is on her own.

Piper has escaped her abusive parents and now she is trying to live in a world outside of the attic she has lived in for her entire life. In order to do that, Piper needs a new
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is probably going to stay with me awhile. The idea that there are people out there in the world like this, both makes me furious and shudder with fear. The book was an incredible read though; I couldn't put it down and finished it in just a day. The only downside I felt was that it ended way too soon and I had some questions still. Perhaps the author intends to write a sequel, but I got the feeling at the end that she ended it that way on purpose. Still, a great novel despite it's endi ...more
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I started this book at midnight and didn't put it down until I finished it at 5 am. It was fantastic. You could feel the emotions of each of the characters and you wanted so much for her to succeed. I thought the suspense and romance, and every other part of it was done wonderfully. It was good enough that my mind still continued to go back to the story throughout the next day and will probably stay with me for a long time. Well done!
Magan (Rather Be Reading)
How does one review a book that was brilliantly written but scared the bejesus out of them? I feel shaky and scared and angry that there are humans like those and worse in this world. This book is not for someone who cannot deal with really difficult scenarios. Many times I had to stop reading for a breather. (Many.) More to come in an official review on the blog.
Tabatha Jane
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Such an amazing novel. I felt myself bond with each of the characters. This was an extremely addicting and heartbreaking read. The end for me although was predictable but all in all, I would read this again.
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Holy crapballs ....That was awesome!
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stand-alone
Wow... Just wow... I think I will need a couple of days to let this book sink in and get over all of my feelings... Wow...

Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing

When I saw Cut Me Free on Netgalley, I was immediately intrigued because it looked like a pretty creepy book, with its black cover. I wasn't actually expecting to be accepted for the book (yes, sometimes I request books I know I won't get, just on the offchance the publisher will say yes and then I get irrationally angry when I'm declined - it's the Netgalley effect) but to my surprise, I was accepted and added it to my list of January releases, excited to see if the novel lived up t
Abby Wigglesworth
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Personal Response
This book is absolutely incredible, I have not heard of J.R. Johansson. Now that I have I am definitely thinking about trying to find more books written by her. This book was definitely a page turner, and I wanted more after every page. I was disappointed when I finished such an outstanding book,also it gave me insight on what some kids and teenagers go through. She described the fear that was so far embedded into a person after being locked up and abused for years. The author a
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