Sixteen-year-old Willa is fortunate to have a happy blended family. But a frantic phone call from Pryor, Texas, shatters the calm. Willa’s birth father has murdered his second wife and daughters . . . and the police think he’s on his way east to hunt down Willa and her mother. As this disturbing tragedy inevitably exposes family secrets t ...more
Too bad it was a setup.
Blood Wounds, in case you can't tell by the mugshot cover, is not a happy times book. In fa ...more
Willa is a cutter, which explains the title. Her perfectly happy (yes, that's meant ironically) blended fa ...more
This week has been a gobble fest for me, I'm at the beach and have yet to read a "beach book", but who cares right?!???!!
This book is nothing like the Life or Someting like it series.. at all.
This book is about a girl who never knew her father or her step-brother and sisters. A Father who is a killer. Digging into your past. Finding out if your past defines you. Figuring out no family is perfect. Acceptance. Peace. Fear. Regrets. Makin ...more
On the surface, it seems like a really deep and relevant book. But that's the problem--the whole thing is surface. None of it gelled for me, and the story and characte ...more
I do have a few additional thoughts, however, that I would like to share:
1. Willa. Willa has been through so much in this story...from being a part of a blended family, to feeling inferior to her (much wealthier) stepsisters and always having to rearrange her life around their activities, to finding out that she has sibli ...more
Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Willa lives with her mother, stepfather, and two stepsisters. Always feeling left out Willa cuts herself to relieve the stress she feels in her home. Willa’s mother worked hard to give her a good family life, but her past comes back to haunt her. Willa’s biological father has murdered his wife and children and is coming for Willa, but is caught and killed by the police. The horrible deaths of her family shakes Willa’s world and she is not sure who sh ...more
Every author has a dud occasionally and I'm sad to say this is hers. The main character's voice is very immature - she sounds more like 12 than 16. This may have been intentional but in the end, everything here just felt off.
—Faye, Blood Wounds, P. 164
Susan Beth Pfeffer has a way with suspense. She can make readers feel as if the cold-blooded killer could be hiding around any corner, or could outwit even the most well-planned security net to burst through the door at any moment and commence his murderous rampage. And, for the first seventy pages or so of Blood Wounds, that's just the sort of tense, suspenseful writing that we get, loaded with all ...more
Willa is living with her mom and step-dad and two step-sisters. He ...more
When she receives a phone call from her mom's best friend while she is home al ...more
Blood Wounds will be released later in the year and in it is the story of Willa, a high school aged girl who tries so hard at living the perfect life, that when her past catches up to her it comes in the grisly package of her estranged father and the horrible crimes he has committed against his family.
Susan brings into her story such immense emotion on some normal act ...more
Once I started reading it, I needed to know what was going to happen. It starts out with this awesome family, where no one fights, everyone is happy, and the whole family tries really hard to make Willa feel like she fits in. Obviously this family is a little TOO perfect. I immediately needed to figure out what I wasn't being told, what secrets were being kept. As I kept reading, I kept getting hints about the mom's past. Hints at a secret past life that s ...more
She isn't a likeable character and the way she talks is in an adult voice. Maybe things are different in Texas and middle America, but out here on the coast kids aren't always ready to say 'yes please, no thank you, I'm so sorry', etc.. This is supposed to be a girl in crisis--someone who is cutting. It is an important topic but I never felt the angst.
Everyone is so lovey-dovey especially for a blended family with three teenage gir ...more
Willa's biological father goes on a rampage killing his wife and daughters, and the police think he may be coming from her. Her mom is a wreck and stepfather flies her two step sisters to their mother's fracturing the family Willa believed was so solid. Now she wonders whether her family will ever be whole and happy again, or if they ever were.
BLOOD WOUNDS scratches the surface of some difficult issues and provides easy answer and explanations for complex problems. Susan Beth Pfeffer wro ...more
Pfeffer has a gift. She can take readers to the dark places in our souls and back out again. We're changed by the journey, tempered, and drained. Her fiction explores what it means to be a family, to have others to rely on or that rely upon you. And she explores what it means when you are alone and don't have that support. Finally, she shows the moments when kids see their parents as real, as flawed, as loving and as hateful.
Someday, I hope that I will be able to write ...more
I was misled by the back synopsis, but even when I shifted my expectations so I knew I was reading a family drama and not a thriller, the book was no good. It failed on both levels.
When I first heard about Blood Wounds, I was really excited. It's Contemporary, which I love, it's about secrets, and pain, about learning who you are and how to be strong for yourself. S ...more
Place(s) Traveled To:Westbridge, Pennsylvania // Prior, Texas
First Line(s):I think even if nothing had happened the next day, even if my life had stayed just as it was that night at supper, I'd still remember what Jack said.
Blood Woundsby Susan Beth Pfeffer has been on my radar for a few years now so when I saw that it was on Audible I thought that it would be a good opportunity to finally cross something off my TBR list.Blood Woundsis a sho...more
Before I get into paragraphs of explicit details, let me start off by saying this is NOT an overly pleasant read. The main plot aside (guilt for her father’s actions) Pfeffer decided to take a very serious issue (cutting) and treat is as though it were a verb like “jumping” or “smiling.” Now, wh ...more