Title: Blood Wounds
Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer
Format: ARC from AWTW Tours
Release Date: September 12, 2011
I had a very hard time getting into this book. From the synopsis you think your getting a YA "thriller," that is not the case at all. I felt that I had been duped into the book under false pretenses. I don't know what it was about the book but I just lost interest in it. I didn't get very far into the book so I will just touch on the things for the little bit that I did read.
First the positive...I think that the premise and idea for the story are excellent. I do really enjoy books that deal with "heavy issues" a lot. I just thought that for the small portion of the book I did read that the execution of the idea from "notes" to book form left a lot to be desired, again this is just my opinion.
Aside from thinking I'm getting one type of book and getting something completely different. I overall had a hard time connecting with the book. Especially the characters. I thought that Willa was a pretty alright character, written in a "real" way. I felt that the secondary characters were written in a manner that was pretty stereotypical. I know that the author has to build a world for the reader but I thought that the beginning of the book was too much.
Overall, this book was not for me but I've read some pretty good reviews for it elsewhere, so I may just be in the minority about this book. Don't let my review entirely color your "vision" of this book.
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? As Willa sets out to untangle the mysteries of her past, she keeps her own secret—one that has the potential to tear her family apart.