Susan Beth Pfeffer addresses some serious topics in BLOOD WOUNDS, including cutting, murder and abuse, and she does so with an honest. A psychodrama about tangled families never quite gets off the ground. 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.

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If you Well, this was pretty bad. The family’s issues are put on the back burner as Willa’s father is pursued and eventually stopped, but once he is, the family’s drama explodes as the circumstances expose all of the lies, half-hidden truths, pent-up resentment, and hurt that every member has been harboring for years.

Her perfectly happy yes, that’s meant ironically blended fa Killer dad on the loose! It’s something that they do because they honestly don’t know of any other ways to cope with the internal chaos. How one thoughtless action can wound another deeply. Since no one is able to get ahold of Terri, the police go ahead and tell Willa that her father has killed his current wife and three daughters and is now on his way to find Willa. If the story were longer, there would also be more of a chance to tie up the loose ends that were left out there in keeping the novel short.

But when her father, left behind when she was four, unexpectedly kills his wife and three young children, everything changes.

Willa soon finds out that her mother has held a lot of the truth from her and now her fa Willa is a part of a blended family that appears to have it all. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. But she heads down to Texas and finds out that she will inherit everything that there is to inherit.


I am glad Pfeffer stays away from the romantic angst of most YA heroines. Looking for an uplifting story, this is not it. Everyone is so lovey-dovey woundds for a blended family with three teenage girls.

I was really glad that the storyline wasn’t complicated by some romance, which would have cheapened the drama. This book ends the same way. The main character’s voice is very immature – she sounds more like 12 than I don’t get at all the idea that Willa comes to that she’s supposed to just act the way she’s expected and whatever–not one person treats her that way! I would recommend this book to other readers!

Blood Wounds

She really handled herself, and if she were real, she’d grow up to be someone you’d be proud to know. But the situations presented are simply too ridiculous. Instead you will find far more complex characters and a rich yet more realistically disturbing plot than her earlier works.

However, Blood Bkood has taught me that that is not necessarily so. That year she wrote her first story, about the love between an Oreo cookie and a pair of scissors. She grew up in the city and its nearby suburbs and spent summers in the Catskill Mountains.

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Some of Jack’s past transgressions were mentioned to Willa, and this affected her negatively, even to where she thought about it a couple of times after she found out.


You are commenting using your Facebook account. But, that’s only my opinion.

I have read a couple books where a character has done so. And she deals with all of this in unhealthy ways. Oct 25, Connie rated it it was ok Shelves: It really is mostly about I won this arc from following the Authors blog.

As I kept reading, I kept getting hints about the mom’s past. Pfeffer is very good at fleshing her characters out and making them real. Even though she has never met them and hasn’t seen her dad since she was four, she feels she needs to find out where she came from. She can take betb to the dark places in our souls and back out again.

Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given susaan Rhapsody In Books with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. There is a lot going on in this book, but most of it is undercurrent until about halfway and then it steadily reveals itself all the way through to the end.

I really admired who she became at the end of the book. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. None of it gelled for me, and the story and characters fell flat.