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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Wow

"Because that's the kinda family I come from. We're very polite. Even when people die on our doorstep, we remember to say please and thank you and excuse me. "


This book completely threw me off guard, when I received this book for review I had a feeling I was gonna...
"Because that's the kinda family I come from. We're very polite. Even when people die on our doorstep, we remember to say please and thank you and excuse me. "


This book completely threw me off guard, when I received this book for review I had a feeling I was gonna like it, I had no idea though that I was totally gonna love it and be completely moved by it.

Willa has a perfect family, she lives with her mother, her stepfather Jack, and her two step sisters. Willa has never known her real father due to her mom running away from him with Willa when she was only a child, not that Willa cares, she has Jack who has always been a wonderful dad to her. Everyone would say Willa has the perfect family...but as they say...nothing is ever as it seems.

Willa is bottling up a lot inside and she is about to boil over, her mother hardly pays attention to her, her two step sisters get everything they want from there real mom, and even though Willa would love to ask for money to get a singing coach like her choir teacher suggested, she would never dare ask..she doesn't want to upset anyone with asking..so to relieve the constant stress of staying quiet-doesn't bother anyone Willa, she cuts her skin..not often..just enough to remember she's living.

As if Willa wasn't having enough stress going on with family issues, and her constant need to cut lately...her dad, her real dad is all over the news..he just murdered his wife and daughters..the cops can't find him..and now they suspect..he's on his way over to Willa, to kill her, and her mother also.

"There was no point starving to death before I got to meet my father, who apparently was on his way over to kill me. "

Blood Wounds was an amazing read, although this book seems like it's going to be a thriller/suspense it is more about Willa finding herself, finding out about her sisters she never got to meet, and finding out about the father who killed them.

Threw out this novel I found myself feeling sorry for Willa, she was going threw so much, and no one gave her the comfort she needed. I also found myself feeling sorry for Willa because she could never speak her mind to her family, and while the rest of them were to busy trying to look like the perfect family..Willa was alone, always feeling alone and no one noticed. It was heart wrenching.

I found this book very easy to read, the way Susan has written this was beautiful, I found myself just flowing threw the pages. All the emotions that Willa is feeling come off so raw and real, not a single moment did I feel things felt forced or fake, everything was just perfect as if this book were a true story threw Willa's eyes.

This book is emotionally a tough book, if your looking for cute and fluffy read, you need to go else where, this book is much deeper and much more meaningful then that. After reading this book I have become a huge fan of Susan Beth Pfeffer writing, and I look forward to reading all of her past and future projects.

posted by haley18 on September 18, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Book Review: Blood Wounds

The description of this book is extremely misleading. I was hoping for a thriller. It's hardly that at all. The first couple of chapters due deal with Willa's father and the horrendous crime he committed. But, it's over so quickly that the focus quickly shifts to th...
The description of this book is extremely misleading. I was hoping for a thriller. It's hardly that at all. The first couple of chapters due deal with Willa's father and the horrendous crime he committed. But, it's over so quickly that the focus quickly shifts to the aftermath.

I wasn't ever really sure I liked Willa. I'm not positive the best time to get to know a character is during a crisis like this. But maybe it helps her show her true colors. At times I thought she was snippy and seemed ungrateful. But if forcing the issue was the only way to know her mother's past as well as her own, then so be it. She had been compliant for so long. She put up with her mother refusing to talk about anything and watching her stepsisters have everything handed to her on a silver spoon.

I never really adjusted to the idea of a family drama instead of a thriller. I didn't mind the idea that Willa wants to go the the funeral of her stepsisters, but I disliked how she was just dropped on the doorstep of a family friend for the occasion. Her mom refused to go with her. I was also not prepared for all the her mother had been hiding from her. I think she really grew up believing one thing about her father when almost the exact opposite was true. I disliked how her lawyer told her it was ok to go to the house and take what she wanted and that the family friend practically forced her to go. I don't care that it legally is probably hers.

What I did enjoy that I wish had been explored so much more were the dynamics in the new family. I think there was a lot of buried resentment that we just barely skimmed the surface of. It seemed like everything came out into the open and things were all better. I'm pretty sure things don't work like that in real life. I also didn't like the added fact that Willa cut. It just felt like an extremely unnecessary aspect to the story. Because, you know there wasn't enough going on.

Overall, just a disappointing book. I really had high hopes for this one. I hope they change the description a little because I think many people be let down by it. It gives the idea that the book is about something when it isn't that way at all.

posted by pagese on July 20, 2011

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