10/3/11

Blood Wounds

Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer
Pages: 256
Publisher: Harcourt
Format: Hardcover (ARC)
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads)Willa is lucky: She has a loving blended family that gets along. Not all families are so fortunate. But when a bloody crime takes place hundreds of miles away, it has an explosive effect on Willa’s peaceful life. The estranged father she hardly remembers has murdered his new wife and children, and is headed east toward Willa and her mother.

Under police protection, Willa discovers that her mother has harbored secrets that are threatening to boil over. Has everything Willa believed about herself been a lie? As Willa sets out to untangle the mysteries of her past, she keeps her own secret—one that has the potential to tear her family apart.



Disclaimer: I 
received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Summary: Willa lives a pretty good life with her mother, her stepfather Jack, and Jack's daughters Brooke and Alyssa. Willa and her mother know they're lucky to have found someone like Jack to love them and take care of them, but Willa can't help but resent her step-sisters, who've turned her mother into their personal chauffeur and get everything they want from their rich, estranged mother. But like her mother, Willa doesn't want to do anything to ruin the perfect little life they have with Jack, so she keeps quiet, turning to self-destructive activities to help her cope.

Everything changes when Willa's biological father goes on a killing spree, murdering his 3 young daughters and his wife. As her life is turned upside-down, Willa discovers things about her family she never knew and finds the strength to speak up.

My Thoughts: First off, I'd like to start with the cover. When I first saw it, I wasn't impressed (I was kinda creeped out, to be honest) but after reading the novel I have to say, the cover fits the story perfectly.

Second, I thought the characters were written very well - they seemed extremely genuine. I did have a bit of  a problem relating to Willa, but seeing as I've never been through anything she has, it's understandable. I found her stepsisters spoiled and a little ungrateful (as I'm sure was intended by the author) and Willa's moms habit of doing whatever they asked really mad me feel for Willa - I know if my mother did anything of the sort, I wouldn't be able to stay quiet.

Third, this novel deals with a lot of heavy issues: self-mutilation, parental abuse, drinking... it does so tastefully though, which I thought was great of the author. The writing also keeps you holding on and wanting to know what happened to Willa.

Final Thoughts: I recommend this novel for fans of edgier, darker contemporary literature. It deals with some tough issues, so I think it probably shouldn't be given to readers under 15 or 16. Check it out if it sounds like your kind of novel!

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