Blood Wounds

Blood Wounds

by Susan Beth Pfeffer
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Blood Wounds by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Blood can both wound and heal . . .

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? But as Willa sets out to untangle the mysteries of her past, she also keeps her own secret—one that has the potential to tear apart all she holds dear.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547855066
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/04/2012
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 856,309
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Susan Beth Pfeffer is the author of many books for teens, including the New York Times bestseller Life AsWe Knew It, which was nominated for more than 20 state awards, The Dead & the Gone, and This World We Live In. Pfeffer's other books include the bestselling novel The Year Without Michael and the popular Portraits of Little Women series and Kid Power, which won the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award and the Sequoyah Book Award.

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Blood Wounds 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
pagese More than 1 year ago
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.
haley18 More than 1 year ago
"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.
Ochibi-chan More than 1 year ago
At first there was alot of Blah, Blah, Blah and I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue reading. I did continue and I'm glad I did. Some parts of the book were better than others but you should deffinently read it. The plot was original but not to weird. I would recommend to almost anyone.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
One thing I loved about this book, is that it was not what I was expecting. There is so much to the story, so much back round, and freshness to the story that I read it quickly. The plot line of this book is what grabbed me. Here we have a girl who is thrown in a world full of secrets that she didn't know. And when all of them start spilling, she is determined to know why. Ms. Pfeffer did a great job in capturing the essence of a teenager wanting answers. I like that when I was reading this book that I was just as determined as the main character Willa, to know what happened.Through the pages, the reader discovers not only Willa growing into her self, but also coming to peace with the secrets. As you know, I love secrets. As the reader, you aren't given all the secrets at once. Which is good cause I loved the learn secrets pieces by piece. Ms. Pfeffer grabs the reader by droppings hints, then leads them to a whole other level. Having said that, these secrets aren't much enlightening, but bring more of a character to Willa and her mother. It gives these characters a great back round story of what their past was like and how they came to be. Ms. Pfeffer definitely gave her characters a uniqueness and a special shape. If you have not read this book you should. There isn't so much drama, but this book doesn't need that. The secrets the book harbors itself, the way Willa is, is a whole new discovery. As I read this, I enjoyed being in Willa shoes and fell in love with Ms. Pfeffer writing. I am looking forward to reading more of her works.
ABookVacation More than 1 year ago
One of my students recommended this book to me, so I picked it up to read one evening without having read the book jacket. Sometimes I do this—go blindly into a book because I want to be surprised by everything. Well, imagine my surprise when Willa’s family suddenly goes on alert because her father is a murdering butcher intent on finding her! That was perhaps the last thing on my mind when I opened the book. I was thinking that perhaps it was about vampires, based on the title and the cover, but I was mistaken. This novel has nothing to do with vampires… it deals with psychopaths instead. I wasn’t immediately wrapped up in the story, but when the frantic phone call came for Willa about her estranged father, I found myself extremely alert, especially as the reports of his heinous crimes came in. Knowing that he was headed for Willa and her family, my heart began to beat extremely quickly, and I became wrapped up tight within the story. Unfortunately, the novel soon began to lose steam, in my opinion, as Willa and her sisters begin their tantrums. I must say that I was never a real fan of Willa or her step-sisters. There was a lot of animosity there, and they behaved quite horribly on many an occasion. And, while I do respect Willa’s curiosity about her father’s side of the family, I do not condone the way she went about it, accusing her mother (when her father JUST killed a woman and little children, for heavens sake!) and becoming mouthy. I get that we all become unhinged at times, but I can’t imagine wanting to go to his house, to see the crime scene, to attend the funeral… ick. Overall the story had a great premise, though I wouldn’t say that it kept my full attention. Parts of it were spectacular, but the characters and their selfish attitudes really put a damper on my response to this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have probably commented on this book a lot and yes i have dissed it a lot too, if this was written by another author and it was their debut novel i would have given it .....four stars but since it was written by the same author who wrote the legendary life as we knew it series then the most i will give it is three, the fact that willa was so weak got to me and why just srsly why would u go to the funeral of ppl u don't know it was really ridiculous but i do feel bad for her that her father abused her as a child but this book should have been more thrilling than it was protrayed to be aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnddddddddddddddddddd one last thing it has been a year and several good books sine i have read this but was there even a reason that her biological dad was so violent because i really do not remember there being a reason
pants More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. You feel for the girl in the book learning about her mother and fathers past and how she deals with it all.
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adoptabook More than 1 year ago
I loved the 'voice' that Willa had- her insights and opinions thoroughly color the narrative however I don't actually like her. She so passive and even when she's fighting for something she theoretically wants she can't say why she wants it and almost gets it without meaning to. Not to mention I think she is a victim of child neglect for a good portion of the story. It's interesting to read about characters that do respond the way people do- which is at best not always well under pressure and at worst overwhelmingly selfish. This book is all about surviving morally ambiguous and uncertain situations. There are not purely good or purely evil character in the book- every single character has major flaws. This book is intense but very well crafted.
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She dropped a vole, a rabbit and five mice into the pile.
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Droped a bunch of freshkill into the pile.
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