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Blood can both wound and heal . . .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 tBlood can both wound and heal . . .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 to Willa and her community, she struggles with her own destructive secret....

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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Blood Wounds Reviews

  • Saleh MoonWalker
    2019-05-10 04:43

    نویسنده در این کتاب، یه واقعه بزرگی که زندگی رو تغییر میده، به یه اتفاق شخصی تبدیلش میکنه که روی کسانی که درش حضور داشتن بیشترین تاثیر رو میزاره. ویلا، یه زندگی عالی داره، پدرخوانده ش و مادرش، بهش میرسن، پول براش خرج میکنن و زندگیش عالیه. اما داستان فقط این نیست. ویلا مخفیانه، برای اینکه فشار استرسی که هر روزه برای اینکه همه رو شاد و راضی نگه داره، خالی کنه، خودش رو با تیغ میبره. متوجه میشه که پدرش که توی بچگیش ترکش کرده، زن جدیدش رو 3 تا بچه ش رو میکشه و این مساله اذیتش میکنه و سعی میکنه بفهمه چرا این اتفاق افتاده.کتاب خوب و انگیزه بخشی بود. نشون میداد که چطور میشه توی شرایط سخت، تصمیمات درست رو گرفت. نثرش ساده بود و سریع هم جلو میرفت.

  • Lindsay
    2019-05-24 01:44

    Willa's life in the beginning is awesome. A freaking holy grail of a blended family. Particularly with her stepfather, Jack, and his ex-wife, there seemed to be a real sense of 'do what's best for the girls', the 'girls' being Willa's two stepsisters. I was actually really happy to see that kind of compatibility for a blended family happen in a book. Made me think it could be real. 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 fact, I'm surprised that Willa is Miss Mugshot on the cover, because frankly, she's one of two, maybe three, characters who acted with any decency, and the other two were minor characters. Unless the mugshot is supposed to represent how she consistently gets trapped and bullied by the horrible selfishness of her family. And for the record, her family is a great big ball of 'you people suck', and that goes for both her blended family and the one she never knew on her biological dad's (and mom's) hometown of SmallTown, Texas. 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. You will not get what this book is really about from the synopsis - I thought I'd be reading a book about a girl and her mom on the run from her crazy father for the entire book, with Willa learning family secrets from her mom and facing hard truths along the way. While they do go into hiding for a short section and while Willa does do the latter in a sense, it's not in the way you think it'll happen. It's much more about Willa making her peace with a family she never knew, finding her own voice within the family she grew up in, and trying to figure things out by confronting the her mother's past and the facade of perfection that her blended family exudes. The plot is steady the whole way through. There is a moment of anxiety when the cops show up at Willa's house and no one seems to know where her mom is; but otherwise, the plot is pretty even keel and flows on a diet of Willa coming to terms with who her parents are/were, and how she fits into the many family dynamics she has to contend with. You may have noticed my temper flare a wee little bit in the paragraph above. That's because I really do not like her blended family. I get family loyalty, but there was this sneaky sense of, "If you really love me, you'll do things my way" that was always present in conversations and influencing actions. For the record, such emotional manipulations are not 'love'; they are bulls%$#. In particular, I really don't like Willa's mother. To be fair, I didn't really dislike her until the end, and she's an extremely complex person. Actually, I wouldn't mind reading an 'adult' fiction novel with her as the protagonist. As much as I didn't like her, she's seemed to have had a difficult life caused both by her own crappy decisions, as well as consequences beyond her control. I feel like her story and own 'coming-of-age' could be just as significant as Willa's, I didn't really see her come full circle. Truthfully? I'm predicting splitsville for her and Jack. I feel like their entire family was based on a pyramid scheme of emotional usury. I read the entire book pretty quickly, it flowed at a steady pace, and Willia has a decent voice. I really admired who she became at the end of the book. She really handled herself, and if she were real, she'd grow up to be someone you'd be proud to know. However, Blood Wounds wasn't a stellar read for me. This is a tough review for a book with tough issues, but there was something 'off' for me. I really wish it had either been about just Willa coming to terms with what her father had done and the family she never knew -OR- had been about her blended family situation. There was certainly enough dysfunction to support the latter. Blood Wounds has decent writing, but there was a little too much crazy in the plot for me to handle. I think in the end, Willa had so much dysfunction in her life that it made be feel like there was no support for the book itself. I need a little hope or some redemption with my stories, and in the end, I just don't feel like I had enough give me that.

  • Megan
    2019-05-05 02:45

    I've finally realized that while author Susan Beth Pfeffer may be good at creating amazingly complex situations, she is not so good at writing well rounded characters who experience growth or change as a result of the situations she puts them into. In Blood Wounds protagonist Willa is a seventeen year old living with her mother, stepfather and step sisters. Although "step" families are so common today, Willa's not-by-blood family is the focal point of much drama (despite the fact that Willa's mother married her stepfather when Willa was five.) In addition Willa cuts herself to relieve stress, her biological father is an abusive, drunk, born-again Christian who goes on a killing spree, slaughtering his new wife and their children. (view spoiler)[ Bio-dad actually killed his wife and twins in their home. He took his youngest child with him on a cross-country flight and severed her head from her body before approaching Willa's house. Once at Willa's house, he carried the head to the front door before being gunned down by the police.(hide spoiler)] Willa's mother escaped from small town hell when Willa was a toddler, and since then does not talk about her family. However, this novel is about Willa discovering her self and her family (or is it about her cutting? Or her murdering biological father? Or her blended step-family?) At any rate, we also learn that Willa has a biological Uncle who is a member of a cult, a half-brother who may or may not be no good, and (view spoiler)[ and remembers that not only was her biological father physically abusive to her, but so was her mother.(hide spoiler)] Whew!But for all of that drama, (Can you keep track?) we see practically zero character development. The novel begins with Willa being a fairly reasonable and articulate teenager, who lives in a family of well spoken, bland people. Guess what? This book ends the same way. Although this book is about family, I can't tell you a thing about Willa's mother, step or biological fathers or her step sisters because they are written with no personality. Furthermore, after having read this book I can't even tell you why Willa's biological father went on the killing spree (Well, I can ~ it's to create drama). However, during a crisis of to cut or not to cut Willa does experience a, a... hallucination? vision? erm, I'm not sure what to call it, but there is a point when Willa envisions her biological father killing his family, and his reasons for doing so. The crazy thing is that at the end of this revelation, Willa thinks something along the lines of she knows what she envisioned was true because of the blood! Wha? Being a "blood relative" means you can somehow envision what a person has done? Know their rationale? I think we can all call bullshit on this one!Although I had been a fan of Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Last Survivor’s series, the lack of character development always left me unsatisfied. I always assumed that as the series continued, the characters would become more complex and engaging. However, Blood Wounds has taught me that that is not necessarily so. I enjoyed the writing here, and even the craziness to a point. But the situations presented are simply too ridiculous. They may have worked had they been spread out over a few novels or had Willa gone through some fucked up inner conflict. But that is not the case. People say the right thing, do the right thing and come out okay in the end. Despite abuse, murder, cults, alcoholism, broken homes, divorce, inheritance, cutting, jealousy, small towns… I know there must be more. The point is, this book is stuffed full with stuff, but it is obviously just there for shock value.

  • Jackie
    2019-05-11 03:45

    Killer dad on the loose! Yes, this book has an awesome hook, and a serious amount of bloodshed. If you get queasy at the thought of blood, avoid! But that's only half the story, with the other being dysfunctional family, with a quiet but prickly girl, Willa, stepping up to an unusual situation. The two stories fit uneasily together, and the underlying metaphor couldn't be more heavy handed. Willa is a cutter, which explains the title. Her perfectly happy (yes, that's meant ironically) blended family doesn't do conflict, so it's a bit of a shock when Willa's biological father kills his second wife and one of Willa's half sisters, that she didn't even know about (not a spoiler, this happens at the beginning of the book) and then heads her way. Will Willa pretend she's fine, and stay quiet like she's done for years, or is this finally what's going to jar her out of her passivity? Come on, guess!I liked Willa's obstinacy, I thought that part of the story was great. The other characters weren't that well developed, and the family story wasn't integrated well with the suspense part. It was jarring when Willa imagined what had happened during the killing spree - it seemed tacked on. And the resolution, as satisfying as it was for those of us who like hopeful endings, happened awfully neatly and quickly at the end. Everything's all better now! Read this for the plot, if you like stories about troubled teens.

  • Kristy
    2019-05-17 22:02

    Hi, my name is Kristy and I'm addicted to Susan Beth Pfeffer.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. Making life changing decisons.bottom line: super short, sad/interesting story, a little lacking. Not my fave of Pfeffer's, but not bad.. at all.3 stars

  • Kat Heckenbach
    2019-04-29 04:01

    I read through some of the other reviews for this book before settling in to write mine--I sometimes do that out of curiosity, and lately out of worry that I'm going to be the first negative review if I didn't like a book. This was one of those cases--but I was relieved to see I wasn't the only reader who had issues with this book.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 characters fell flat. This book is SO short for something that tackles cutting, socioeconomic issues, blended families, domestic violence, and murder. The characters ended up coming across as emotionless and the events happened too fast, even though most of the dialog was redundant and didn't move the story forward.I found the opening confusing. It took me several pages to sort out the family members since it wasn't stated upfront that it was a blended family--so I thought the step-dad was a brother at first, then one of the step-sisters called him Dad, and there was reference to "Mom" who turned out to be Val, and Willa's mom who is Terri.There was no description, either. Not of characters or setting. Nothing. I felt like I was reading faceless voices in a void most of the time. And the voice of the book came across as very young, at times annoyingly young.Anyway, the opening showed a very happy family, and then Willa starts thinking about wanting to cut. It's all very matter-of-fact, and I get no real emotion from her regarding it. This is a very serious subject, and it ends up getting lost in the story about Willa's father, whom she's never known anything about other than his name and he lives in Texas, and then suddenly the cops are at her door telling her he killed his wife and Willa's half-sisters.There is a sudden turn in Willa, who decides she has to find her "family"--even though she's got an amazing and loving step-dad and mom, and her step-sisters seem to really care for her, too. 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!It also drove me crazy how the news was all dropped on her--not just the initial news of her father, but other things throughout the story--and how she came to correct conclusions about things without all the information. It was as if the author didn't want to have other characters tell her everything so she's not accused of info-dumping, but Willa's conclusions aren't realistic. And other characters do the same thing, seemingly answering questions that were never really asked.I finally ended up skimming the last half of the book--which really wouldn't have taken long to actually read because it is so short--but I was tired of Willa, tired of the other characters, and tired of the unrealistic reactions and logistical planning (so much talk about who will drive whom where, and who will fly where with whom).Overall, this is just not a novel I can recommend. It suffered of too many ingredients in too small a pot, and what I really love about novels--deep characters and rich story worlds--were completely lacking.

  • Asheley
    2019-04-26 21:35

    In a nutshell, I liked this book. The pacing is great. The story is entertaining, even with the serious themes it carries. It carried my attention well and was easy to digest. 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 siblings that she never knew about, to finding out her father is a murder, and even more big, huge stuff. It is hard enough to see Willa being pushed around, but even harder for me to endure Willa being so down on herself. She has basically no self esteem or voice whatsoever, it seems. She always seems to be taking one for the team. And she deals with all of this in unhealthy ways. It is just unfortunate to me that Willa is so sad. I wanted her to gain a little umph in the story, having gone through stuff even some grown-ups couldn't handle, but she just didn't seem to develop as much as I would have hoped for as a character. 2. Secondary characters. I say it all the time: I love a story with well-developed secondary characters. This can make or break a book for me. This story had tons of characters in it. Most of them had quite a bit of face time in the story. Most of them had flaws or problems, which was super interesting...and made an awesome opportunity for character development. Despite the opportunity, however, there was not much in the way of character maturity and I think this is largely due to the length of the book. I would have loved to find out, for example, more of Trace's (Willa's long-lost brother) back story and I would have loved to see a little more of Willa and Trace interacting together as siblings. The same applies to all of the secondary characters. Another example of this would be Willa's stepfather Jack. 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. Nothing was ever discussed between them, however, and there was no resolution with this; it was left as a loose end of sorts. 3. Willa's parents. I have talked before about being disappointed with the way parenting is handled in YA literature. It is a trend, I think, that there are "bad parents" or absentee parents in many of the YA books circulating out there, and it makes me really sad. I am excited to see that there is a nuclear family in this book and that they all seem to love one another, even going as far as talking about how they eat dinner together at least one night per week no matter what. It gets a little messy, though, with Willa's mother keeping information about her father from her...and the fact that she has other siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Willa's mother also allows her own daughter to be treated unfairly (with regard to her stepdaughters, even treating Willa unfairly herself) for years, over and over again, in order to keep peace with her husband and his ex-wife. This is where the nuclear family crosses over into bad parenting. The difference here, as opposed to the trend in other YA books, is that it is an integral part of the story and there is some to this resolution in the end. 4. Book length. I really feel that Blood Wounds could have gone from good to excellent in my opinion if it were a little bit longer and a little more detailed. I always completely respect the vision of the author in creating their stories, and I rarely would suggest something so bold, but I really believe that in this case expanding the story would mean a great deal to the development of all of the characters, including 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. In particular, it would be an excellent chance for us to see Willa being treated more fairly in comparison with her stepsisters--which would really change her life for the better and give her a boost in her confidence and self-esteem. All-in-all, I'm really glad that I read Blood Wounds and despite what it looks like given the length of my thoughts above, I really did like it. I just think that a longer book would have made it awesome.

  • Wisteriouswoman
    2019-05-09 21:49

    It is a terrible book. Why I kept reading it is a mystery to me. 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 girls. At the end you realize there is a strong undertow pulling down the family. It would have been a better book if readers could be made to feel the hidden current pulling them under too. I never get it when authors make a big deal about blood family. The whole end of the book was stupid on so many levels. What happened to her half sisters was horrible but it was unrealistic for her to relate to them. The fact that she didn't remember how abusive her father was is hard to believe. If you are terrified of your dad when you are four you most likely wouldn't forget that. There are other books by this author that are better. Skip this one.

  • Rebecca Weimert
    2019-05-19 21:54

    Rebecca WeimertContemporary 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 she is anymore. She travels to Texas to attend the funeral of her sisters and reveals even more family secrets. Through the heartache Willa learns acceptance and forgiveness.This story left me on the edge of my seat, wondering what new secret will be revealed next. Through Willa’s point of view I felt the heartache she felt when she was out casted by her stepsisters, and when she saw the truth about her real father and the family her mother left behind. The story ended well which left me feeling happy that Willa finally had what she needed, money and a happier family.

  • Connie
    2019-05-15 03:03

    I was so disappointed w this book. I gave it a lot longer than I normally would with a book because I love this author's previous works, but I realized halfway through last night that it was more of a chore than a pleasure to read. 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.

  • Josiah
    2019-04-29 22:43

    "No saints in this world, sweetie. Just different kinds of sinners." —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 kinds of potential energy in the plot and the possibility for the story to suddenly twist in any one of a million shocking new directions at any moment. This is Susan Beth Pfeffer near her best, at least judging from her books that I've read so far, and few authors do it better. Ultimately, though, Blood Wounds is much more a story of family drama than of scintillating suspense, the sad tale of a person who has spun out of control and can't get it back together again before crossing the line and committing a series of despicable acts that ranks up there with some of the most notorious violent crimes in recent history.Willa Coffey is a daughter of a relatively well-adapted blended family, living with her stepsisters, mother and stepfather, when the first unsure reports begin to surface that her biological father, a man living with his own wife and children in Texas, has murdered his new family, and may be on his way east to track down his oldest daughter, Willa. Seconds can mean the difference between life and death as Willa's father is believed to be closing in on where she now lives, and the police waste no time in transferring Willa and her family to a secure hotel where they can be protected around the clock until her father is captured. Dwayne Coffey may be a resourceful man, but how can he track down where Willa is when the utmost care has been taken to ensure that no navigable trail was left behind? Even if he did somehow manage to find her, how could he possibly get past the police guard to actually come face to face with his daughter? For years, Willa has known next to nothing about her old life from when her mother was still married to her father, and the sudden tragic killings stir within her an interest to learn more. There are relatives she knew nothing about in Texas, including her three little sisters, helpless young girls whom police reports confirm were, in fact, the victims of the horrific murders perpetrated by Willa's father. Answers to some of the most profound questions of her life lie in Texas, Willa knows, and deep down she realizes that only by going out there and confronting the excruciating details from her and her mother's dubious past will she have a chance to finally earn back a little bit of peace for herself.Though her blended family had seemed so well-adjusted at the beginning of Blood Wounds, Willa actually had another personal problem before her father began the killing. Willa's standard response to the levels of stress in her life, stress caused mostly by the subtle disparity of treatment between her and her stepsisters by her stepfather, Jack, is that of a cutter. To release the tension when it builds, Willa routinely slices little cuts into her body. These wounds are just enough to make her bleed, and they cause enough pain to shut out all of the other worse feelings while never being life-threatening. Her mother and stepfather, of course, know nothing about it. As Willa embarks on her journey of self-discovery by looking to her past, though, she may also find that to come to grips with who she is and how she fits in with both sides of her family, she will also have to confront the basic instincts that prompt her to cut...and learn once and for all how to express her true emotions to her family even while knowing that they may not accept her for who she is.In my view, Blood Wounds feels like two separate novels: the suspenseful manhunt conducted by the police while Willa hides out in presumed safety, and the drama of the family encounters that she endures while searching for the truth about a branch of her family that she hardly even knew existed. It's a good story, though, certainly worth being told, and will probably resonate with readers who have faced any of the various forms of trouble dealt with in the plot.

  • Jessica
    2019-05-02 22:54

    When I read the synopsis for this book I thought I was in for a suspenseful, action-packed thriller. Yeah, I was wrong. I was thinking I would be reading about Willa in a Witness Protection kind of program while her crazy father stalked her and she found out crazy secrets her mom had kept. Hmmm...yeah, wrong again! I was very disappointed in this book. This is not to say that you won't like it but it wasn't what I expected at all.Willa is living with her mom and step-dad and two step-sisters. Her family is very happy and seems to have it all. Plus, they get along great. Until the one night when Willa's real dad goes on a killing rampage and comes after Willa and her mom. Then secrets come out and Willa has no clue who she really is anymore. I found this book to be extremely unrealistic is so many ways. There are a ton of unanswered questions that never get resolved. Why in the world did Willa's father kill his family? Why was he coming after her? How did the police know he was coming after her? Why did Willa feel this extreme closeness to a family she never even knew?The story starts out with Willa's mom's best friend calling in a panic wanting to make sure that Terri (Willa's mom) is okay. When Willa finally gets ahold of her mom's friend, she is told that "Budge" has done something bad and her mom may be in danger. Then the police show up. 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. There are no parents there and Willa is forced to deal with this herself. Yeah, police don't do that. I know...I married to one. There is always a parent/grandparent or even a neighbor there. There is a very short section with Willa and her mom in police protection. There is no suspense, no action, no scary stuff. It's actually quite boring. Then, Willa's father is caught (which is yet another weird, unexplained and unrealistic scene) and that's the end of the exciting part. Willa is then adamant that she attend the funerals of her father's family. Why? She wasn't even aware that they existed but she felt such a strong bond towards them? I find that hard to believe. But she heads down to Texas and finds out that she will inherit everything that there is to inherit. Again, I am not sure how the laws work in Texas but I know here (in Washington) a step-child is not entitled anything from the step-mom unless she's in the Will. Just because her step-sister died last, Willa is entitled to it. Didn't ring true to me. Then there is the fact that Willa cuts herself. Only, she does it in the first few chapters when she is stressed about her living step-sisters, school, etc. Easy things. Then she has to deal with the extremely stressful, potentially dangerous time and she doesn't cut herself at all. In fact, she doesn't even talk about it and I forgot she even did it until the end. Faced with having to move again during her senior year, she wants to start cutting again. I would have thought she would have needed to cut during all the trauma but maybe I just don't understand because I have never cut. Willa's character is almost perfect. She is polite, obeys her parents, gives up everything with no problem. Yeah right...she is 16. I'm thinking not. She hardly ever let her emotions go and when she did, an adult, whether it was her parents or her parents' friends would reel her back in. There was hardly any fighting, no major anger, nothing. And when Willa decides to go to Texas, her parents don't want her to but her "grandma" friend volunteers not only to go with her but to pay for it, her parents give up the fight. Then they don't even go with her because her mom vowed to never go back. Really?!So, I was very disappointed with this book. It wasn't at all what I was expecting or hoping for. The synopsis is a bit misleading and the plot is lacking. The characters are not well-formed at all and there are too many questions left over at the end. But, that's only my opinion. Pick it up and give it a try if you want and let me know what you though!

  • Audrey
    2019-05-05 23:41

    Willa has always felt like she needed to do her best and stay under the radar. Living with her mother in a house paid for by her step-father's ex-wife for Willa's step-sisters, she's always done without while her step-sisters had whatever they wanted. Willa never knew her father, and so it comes as a surprise when she learns that he has just killed the half-sisters and step-mother she never knew she had. Now the country is scandalized by the horror he has brought down upon his family, and Willa feels the urge to understand. She wants to know who her father was, her mother's secrets, and if she has any of his bad blood inside of herself.Blood Wounds is a really terrifying and touching story because it is the kind of thing that happens all the time, yet we all think it could not happen to us. Murder-suicides are a sad fact of life in 20th and 21st century America. This book takes a look at those who are left behind to pick up the pieces after one of these terrible events occurs. It also shows the way that some people want to blame the family of the murderer, although they aren't the ones at fault. Willa never even knew her father, yet the townsfolk look down on her just for having been his daughter. It's a good lesson to remember when we read about these kinds of crimes in the newspaper.Reading through the story, you really feel for Willa and her situation. Things weren't great for her even before her father went on his murder spree, with her being the poor daughter next to two spoiled step-sisters. Things are even worse now: her school views her as the daughter of some hick killer, while her father's hometown sees her as the rich daughter who left and never looked back. There's a lot of family drama at play, and most readers will be able to relate to a relationship at some level, even if you didn't grow up in a household like the one presented. The conflicts are universal.This book is heartbreaking, so don't go into it looking for laughs. I was really glad that the storyline wasn't complicated by some romance, which would have cheapened the drama. Blood Wounds was a heartbreaking book to read, but still drew me in and made me think.

  • Wendy Hines
    2019-05-19 01:47

    Willa Coffey is a quiet girl who doesn't expect much. She lives with her mom, step-dad Jack and her two step-sisters, Alyssa and Brooke. Jacks ex-wife Val makes sure that Alyssa and Brooke have everything that money can buy and Willa is usually left on the outskirts looking in. Her mom and Jack cannot afford those things for Willa. She doesn't express her discontent, but instead hides in the basement and cuts herself. When she receives a phone call from her mom's best friend while she is home alone, her whole world is turned upside down. It seems her dad, her real dad, has killed his new wife and little girls and is on his way to her house. The police get involved and everyone freaks out about how Willa is the daughter of a killer. Willa decides to put herself first for once and demands that she get to go to Pryor, a small town hundreds of miles away, to attend her sisters' funerals. 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. There, she learns more about herself, her mom and what it means to be happy. When she returns to her home, her mom and Jack once again set her world atilt. Because of Brooke and Alyssa's special schools, they must move once again, right before Willa's senior year. She contemplates cutting deeper this time and removing herself from the situation for good. Blood Wounds is a page-turning read that pauses you to think about what humans to do one another. How one thoughtless action can wound another deeply. The characters are brought to life by the author's creative writing and the turmoil that Willa goes through is still fresh in this reader's mind. Definitely thought-provoking.

  • Barbara
    2019-05-17 00:55

    In this book, Pfeffer turns from a life-changing natural disaster to a more personal disaster with consequences for all those directly involved as well as those who are only the fringes of the event. High school junior Willa seems to have a perfect life. Her stepfather and mother are devoted to her, and she and her two stepsisters get along just fine. If their access to money through their mother means that they have much material objects than Willa, she has never really minded. However, there are clues that all is not as smooth as it might seem since Willa secretly cuts herself to ease the pressure she feels to conform and please those around her. But when her father, left behind when she was four, unexpectedly kills his wife and three young children, everything changes. Although she is horrified by the actions of her father, she also longs to know more about the town where he grew up. She ends up traveling to a small town in Texas with a family friend, and making some surprising connections. Although some parts of the book were engaging, there were many motivation points that were left unanswered, and the secrets that start to spill out seem to have been too well-hidden to matter. There are also somewhat bizarre decisions on the part of some of the adults in her life; for instance, why would anyone give her the key to the house where the murders took place and insist that she look for whatever she wants to keep from the possessions there? Once Willa starts to make healthy decisions, it's not clear what prompted the changes in her life. Many teens will enjoy this one, but it simply didn't ring true for me in many respects.

  • Teril
    2019-05-17 02:43

    Susan Beth Pfeffer is a master story teller in such a unique way, she portrays immense levels of human emotions in her characters.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 actions and feelings in life that families go through together, especially split and new families and the trials they face. There is the past family unresolved and the new family that is full is sacrifice and awash with resented anger.Blood Wounds really delves into the blended family element and the need and strive we need to feel as to come out as this picture perfect happy element even though we don't feel that was and we cannot possibly all be equal in the eyes of all of our parents. I felt that the most impactful part of the story that put me to tears was the line, "I couldn't ask for anything!"The title for this book was perfect: Blood Wounds.Is it the blood that binds us? The blood beside us? The blood we find comfort in? The wounds we hide, the wounds we hide from the world? Susan. Beth Pfeffer creates an amazingly human cast of characters that will pier and tear up your heart and make you realize that we are not all as perfect as we want to be and to go beyond trying to make everything right, but love what you have and those around you. No matter what you have.

  • Moirai
    2019-05-05 23:43

    I don't know what to think of this book.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 she had never even mentioned to her daughter. Willa spends the whole book dealing with so many secrets that I was always worried that she was about to explode.This book has its downsides too, though. For starters, it's written very poorly. Whenever anyone talks at all, the book tells us that they either "said", "asked", or occasionally "stated" what they were saying. It also likes to tell us everything Willa is feeling, even though we already understand what her emotions must be. Another issue is how much horrible stuff is talked about in this book. Lots of people are murdered in really horrible ways and there is so much blood talked about again and again that I just wanted to ask, "What do you think there is going to be when people get cut?" Despite its really interesting story line, the ending sucks. Willa and her family have so many issues that I can't imagine that just one good thing can fix it all, and that fast. So overall I think I liked the book, but I spent so much time being annoyed with it that I can't quite tell.

  • Melissa Railey
    2019-05-15 04:49

    I normally wouldn't have picked this book up but it was written by Susan Beth Pfeffer and I loved her Life As We Knew It books. I recommend those books to just about everybody I come in contact with (so if you haven't read them, go out, get them and read them. They're terrific.) Blood Wounds centers on Willa. Willa is part of a blended family and has two stepsisters who she likes but also envies and resents. Her stepsister's mother pays for them to go to fancy schools, travel and compete in very expensive hobbies; whereas Willa doesn't have the money to do these things. Then, one day, Willa gets word that her biological father (who she hasn't seen since she was a toddler) has killed his current wife and daughters and may be heading to Willa's home to kill her. The story focuses on the ramifications from her father's actions and how it affects Willa and the people she loves. I didn't identify with Willa because I've never been in any of her situations but I did root for her. I wanted Willa to find her way through these problems and come out on the good side. I felt for her. In the end, that's what I think the author wanted. There's some hard and raw stuff to deal with in this story and I think that won't appeal to a lot of readers. But I liked it. Pfeffer is very good at fleshing her characters out and making them real.

  • Leann
    2019-05-10 04:04

    Willa is a part of a blended family that appears to have it all. She and her two step sisters seem to get along great and she loves her stepdad as if he was her real dad. But then one phone call changes all that when she finds out her biological father has murdered his second family. The police think that her father is headed to kill her and her mother and so Willa and her mom must go into police protection. Willa soon finds out that her mother has held a lot of the truth from her and now her father is a killer. Willa soon decides to go back to their original hometown and get the answers to many unanswered questions. Her blended family is torn apart by all the tragedy and Willa must find a way to make all their problems work out. I really thought this was a psychological thriller with some great insights into blended families. I appreciate the fact that it showed that no family is perfect, no matter how they may appear. The domestic violence was strong and I was concerned that Willa had to be a cutter. I think the story would have been better without putting that in there. I would recommend this book to high school and up, absolutely no one younger.

  • Amy's Book Reviews
    2019-05-27 00:55

    Grade: DWilla'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 wrote Willa as a cutter, but her self mutilation left more like an unemotional, poorly researched afterthought that was added to give Willa some depth and perhaps attract an additional audience. Pfeffer used much more telling and explaining than showing. What should have been a tension filled story felt flat. I never felt like Willa was in danger either physically or psychologically. THEMES: family, step families, siblings, domestic violence BLOOD WOUNDS felt like a missed opportunity, a great premised poorly executed.

  • Lisa(Bookworm Lisa)
    2019-05-07 22:51

    I liked this book but it was disturbing on many levels.Willa is a teen growing up in a blended family. Her family is wonderful and on the surface, it seems ideal. She has a loving mother, a loving step-father, and two step-sisters who she has a good relationship with.Everything changes when she returns a phone call to her mother's friend. Her biological father is on the run with one of his daughters. His wife and two of his daughters are found dead in their home. This begins a psychological journey for Willa. She has to come to come to terms with her father's actions, mourn the sisters that she never met, and deal with her secrets. Her secret for me was the most disturbing, and for that reason alone I would not recommend this book to young YA readers. She cuts herself to escape when she is stressed.This is a good book, just be prepared for an emotional journey.

  • Nan
    2019-05-03 00:03

    Wow. What an amazing book.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 with one tenth of Pfeffer's power.

  • Janet
    2019-04-28 23:52

    I couldn't put down this book by one of my favorite YA authors. All appears happy in Willa's blended family, but there is a lot going on just under the surface. The book took some turns that I wasn't expecting. I would recommend this for readers looking for a realistic page-turner. some parts will be disturbing to sensitive readers.

  • Kimberly
    2019-05-20 03:37

    All tell and no show makes Blood Wounds a dull book.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.

  • Danielle
    2019-05-04 21:03

    This book was over the top for everything - I couldn't stand it. Everything was over exaggerated, which just made it hard to believe / read. I personally wouldn't recommend it if you're looking for a suspenseful book.

  • Janssen
    2019-05-05 04:56

    Kimberly was not wrong - this book doesn't work very well at all.

  • Edward Sullivan
    2019-05-16 21:58

    A dark and powerful family drama.

  • Ashley
    2019-05-03 21:49

    While Blood Wounds by Susan Beth Pfeffer isn't necessarily a book about a psychological disorder- one is certainly never specified, or identified- it is about a girl who is obviously struggling to accept and come to terms with a lot of different things, and one of the ways she chooses to cope is through cutting.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. So, when the chance to borrow this from a friend's tour site popped up, I jumped. And I was legitimately excited when it came in the mail. I just knew I was gonna love it.But- alas.The book didn't deliver for me on a lot of different levels. I honestly don't like writing reviews when I can't think of anything I liked, anything that worked well for me. But they must still be written, and this is one I specifically wanted to write for Psychtember because of the portrayal of Willa as a cutter. But we'll come back to that.As for the novel in general, I was disappointed. Willa is shown as growing up in a loving blended home, with stepsisters she gets along wonderfully with, a stepfather who loves her like his own and a supportive mother who does everything she can for her. But, Willa cuts. She gives herself a schedule, slips down into the basement, slices her skin and goes back to bed. But then, her orderly, perfect world is disrupted when she learns that her real father, who her mother never talks about, has killed his new family- a step-mother and half sisters she never knew existed- and might be headed to find her next. Cue drama and panic. (very short lived and unresolved drama and panic, I might add...)To top that off, she also found out that her step-sister's rich real mom has decided to stop paying the mortgage on their house, which means Willa is going to have to switch schools, move into a significantly smaller, less nice house, while her step-sisters (who once again get any and everything they could possibly want) get to go to super awesome-fancy private schools to further cultivate their talents and interests. Oh, and what about the fact that apparently being happy in this new marriage means that Mom becomes a complete doormat to keep new husband happy and Willa has to try to earn and deserve adopted Papa's love, because she's pretty sure it's conditional. Perhaps their perfect world is not so perfect?I felt like the story couldn't make up its mind about what it wanted to be. Am I a story about a sucessfully blended family? OR what about what appears to be a sucessfully blended family but is really still dysfunctional?! OR am I a story about a girl struggling with inner demons? Or am I a story about the lies and secrets of the past coming to haunt the present? A story about manipulation and misconceptions?Sometimes, a story can be all of these things. A story can pull many parts of many stories and combine them into something so emotionally charged it just steals your breath. But, the book has to actually have emotion in order for that to be sucessful. This book felt clinical, like a bland recitation of the facts or the bones of the story. Blood Wounds never involved my emotions. And, coming from someone who gets emotionally invested in almost every story, who sometimes cries when characters die in books I don't even like, that's saying something. It's rare for me to be so completely detached from a story I'm reading.The only time I felt any emotion while reading was during the scenes that talked about or showed Willa cutting- and it's not the emotion I was supposed to feel. They just felt so, wrong to me and that made me angry. I've read several books recently that handled the topic of cutting very well. I don't even kind of pretend to personally know what it's like, because I've never done it. But I've read enough stories, both in books and from people who were or are cutters, that I feel I have a decently good understanding of the thoughts and emotions that go into becoming a cutter. And it should never feel clinical or sterile. For some, cutting is a way to survive. It's a way to control a part of their life, to control what they allow themselves to feel, to release emotions that threaten to drown them. It's something that they do because they honestly don't know of any other ways to cope with the internal chaos. It's not something they schedule days in advance to do, because it's what's 'next' to be done. It is a result of intense Psychological turmoil, and that's not something that you can write into your day planner or reach your weekly quota on. Pain doesn't work like that. I imagine that in the beginning, they can feel in control of the action, but from every story, every account I've read or heard, it grows beyond that. It grows beyond something they can easily control and becomes a crutch, a drug that they need to thrive, that they need to retain their sanity. (You should read some of the stuff that Cheryl Reinfield and Stephanie Kuehnert have said about cutting) I never felt that from Willa.This, more than any other book I've read, makes cutting seem like something that might be appealing. Because Willa does control it. Because she does decide when and what and how. And she never thinks about it as a problem, other than knowing it can't get 'out of hand.' It just felt, wrong. If you want a story that can really telegraph the fear and pain and hopelessness that overwhelms you, read Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert or Willow by Julia Hoban or Scars by Cheryl Reinfield. These are stories that bleed. Blood Wounds, not so much. And it's a story that needs a strong emotional core to matter, to be worth investing time into.And I didn't feel like this one had that. It just felt, empty. And toward the end, after Willa has to decide whether she is going to continue cutting, whether she is going to tell her mom about it, it's one of the most empty scenes of self analysis, or self discovery that I've ever come across.This goes back to my OCD post, but it makes me want to shake all these authors and tell them it's NOT okay to just toss something like this into their story. THIS is the type of book that makes those crappy Washington Post article seem a bit valid. Because, at least in my opinion, this one really did feel like the cutting was added to make the story more interesting. And that's just wrong. You should never use the intense inner struggles of human beings to make a story more edgy and dramatic.I'd love to hear from any of you who have read this book. Any of you feel the same way? Any of you feel completely differently?!

  • Samantha
    2019-05-23 03:47

    Well, this was pretty bad. I raced through this novel because I couldn't stand it. While it is a quick read, and only clocks in at 250 pages, fairly large type, and short in height, it didn't quite get to any character or story arcs Willa, the main character, cuts herself. The major issue here is that she uses it as an excuse once she reveals it to her family, which isn't right. She also has some sort of hallucination of her father killing her half-sisters before she cuts, which is weird. If you're going to have a character that is self-harming you have to tread carefully and it can't turn into a mostly-forgotten plot point. Not to mention, points of plot whizzed past without being noticed or connected by a plotline. Killer father? Okay, no biggie. Stepmother with 750,000$ in subsidies? The money all defaulting to Willa? Crazy small town Texas and born-again Christianity? It sounds interesting but I knew as soon as I opened up I wasn't going to enjoy it. The picture-perfect blended family was easily see-through. It's a shame because I really enjoy Pfeffer's Last Survivors series, and I was hoping her other books were up to snuff.

  • Tori Kearbey
    2019-04-30 03:35

    I really liked this book there was always something to keep you interested. For example, in this book, her dad chops off his little daughters head. He also kills two of his other daughters and most recent wife by stabbing them to death. What I like the most about this book is that it's not one-sided, while it's not written from different point of views it shows different sides to all of their stories. Also, it amazes me that Willa knows her real father killed his own family yet she is sad that she didn't get to spend more time with him in her teenage years so she could have more memories with him.