by Jo Michaels

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Tobias Butler has been sitting on death row since being sentenced for a gruesome murder in 2007. Bored out of his mind, he decided to apply to the online pen pal program in 2012. It's a pleasant distraction—nothing more, nothing less—for three years, until he's contacted by a beautiful, smart young lawyer named Jess. She's convinced he's innocent and wants to see him freed. As they organize their attack on the judicial system, he wonders how she plans to get his conviction overturned—because he's guilty, and he knows it. Jess is desperate to release him—and he's desperate to feel his hands squeeze the life out of her once she does.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940155188803
Publisher: Jo Michaels
Publication date: 03/26/2018
Series: Pen Pals and Serial Killers , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,075,912
File size: 603 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jo Michaels loves writing novels that make readers gasp in horror, surprise, and disbelief. While her browser search history has probably landed her on a list somewhere, she still dives into every plot with gusto, hoping "the man" will realize she's a writer and not a psychopath about to go on a rampage. Her favorite pastimes are reading, watching Investigation Discovery, and helping other authors realize their true potential through mentoring. She's penned the award-winning Pen Pals and Serial Killers series and the best-selling educational book for children, Writing Prompts for Kids, which has rocketed the kids that use it into several awards of their own. Most of Jo's books feature the places she's lived: Louisiana, Tennessee, and Georgia. That's given her a special amount of insight to what makes those locations tick. Her works are immersive and twisty, and she wouldn't want it any other way.

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Emancipation 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite Emancipation: Pen Pals and Serial Killers – Story One by Jo Michaels is an exhilarating, suspense-filled thriller. Tobias (Toby) Butler is a convicted killer, trying to stay alive in a prison with its own hierarchy of guards, thugs and gangs. Toby has a new pen pal - a young, beautiful and determined attorney, Jessica Phang. Jessica studied his case during law school and is committed to an appeal to overturn his conviction for the murder of a married couple and their two young children. Although Toby has doubts about this pen pal, he receives her photo and agrees to a meeting. The sparks fly and soon a loving relationship is formed. Although Toby is a master manipulator, solely focused on what atrocities he will commit if freed, Jessica does not see this part of his personality. The lives of lifelong prisoners, as well as their thoughts and actions, are presented realistically in Jo Michaels’ novel, Emancipation: Pen Pals and Serial Killers – Story One. Be aware the book is gritty; it has strong profanity, sexual fantasies and horrific torturous acts. This novel is not for the faint-hearted reader. The intriguing plot, however, outweighs these aspects, and the reader is compelled to find out what will happen if Toby is freed, or if his conviction is upheld by the court. Ms. Michaels aptly portrays the sociopathic personality of Toby through his thought processes and the letters he writes to Jessica – as well as the letters he throws away. There are plenty of twists and turns, and surprises in store, creating a mesmerizing page-turner. It is a book you will not soon forget.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lorena Sanqui for Readers' Favorite Tobias Butler had already served some of his sentence while sitting on death row when a novice lawyer, Jessica Phang, contacted him through his profile on a pen pal website, offering him a chance at freedom. It seems too good to be true, but the temptation of getting out has him starting a mail correspondence with the young lawyer. Soon, the two are meeting and going over the case to have Tobias proven innocent and freed. Tobias killed a family of four, landing him on death row, and he knows he did it - so how will Jessica prove Tobias’ innocence in Emancipation by Jo Michaels? Emancipation by Jo Michaels is a thrilling read with a unique and stimulating plot. It was twisted and scary but very gripping, a true page turner. The only book I have read with an antagonist for a protagonist that looked like the character won’t turn by the end. The only book with the main character so hateful, but still I was curious to see how he would end up. The crime Tobias committed was so gruesome and horrible I wondered why anyone would want him out of prison. Jessica was hard to like, but her intelligence and cunning made her a credible character. She seemed obsessed with the case and proving him not guilty of the sins he'd committed. The lies were told convincingly and the scenes were written in excellent detail; it was like watching the story unfold. I loved how the plot developed and the unexpected twist in it; even the ending was suspenseful.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite After two well-deserved years on death row for the inexcusable murder of a family of four, Tobias Butler only scoffed at the Pen Pal mails that adorned his prison cell. The anger dripping from the ink of multiple avengers of the death penalty was quite amusing. And the holier-than-thou sentiments had become boring. Then a letter arrived that created an entirely new mind set for Tobias. Jessica Phang sounded like the real deal. Beautiful, intelligent, wealthy, and obviously captivated with his story, this pen pal could very well be his ticket back to the free world. All he had to do was turn on the charm and Attorney Jessica Phang would be his. As their relationship becomes too good to be true, Tobias swallows his revulsion and plays the game Jessica devises to make the perfect prison break, the perfect romance, and the perfect gift of new found freedom. As the convicted murderer becomes confident in this turn of fate, he somehow misses a few very important details in his legal defense. Emancipation: Pen Pals and Serial Killers - Story One by Jo Michaels is a thrilling story of suspense and gripping sexual tension that grows more intriguing with each page turned. Just when I think I cannot be more surprised with Michaels’ grasp on a true crime story, she adds another twist to make this reader doubt the outcome. Emancipation is a fast-paced tale that will leave the reader slapping his/her head at the outcome. I really, really enjoyed Emancipation. I cannot wait for the second in the Pen Pal series!
booklover- More than 1 year ago
I am going to start out by saying there should be a warning that comes with this book ... a sign stating: Contains adult language, violence and sex. Not recommended for children under 18. Tobias is in prison for killing a family of 4, including 2 young children. This was after he had tortured and raped the wife while forcing her husband to watch. These were not the first people who had ever died by his hands. Jessica is a young, beautiful lawyer. Finding his posting on a penpal website created for prisoners, she writes a letter to him. She tells him how attracted she is to him and being a lawyer, she thinks she can get him freed on an appeal. When Tobias receives this, he's bewildered. How is she going to get him free when he is guilty as all get out? Part of the book is the back and forth letters and then the visits he gets when it's on his records that she is his attorney. Tobias is an evil, evil man. The thoughts that go through his head can be described as anything but normal. But Jessica has some surprises in store for him. This is somewhat different from my preferred genre. The cover drew me in ... and the story kept me reading. I actually read this all in one sitting. When you have two people who are playing head games with one another, is there a clear cut winner? The ending was not what I expected.... it was better, or should I say worse? My thanks to the author / NetGalley who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.