by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Special thanks to Jen at I Read Banned Books for including me on the ARC Tour!
About the Book: (from Goodreads)
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.
Very interesting read. It is very much like a loose thread on a sweater. As we begin to tug at it, is slowly begins to unravel. I must say, I have never understood cutting. Blood Wounds explains what may drive a person to cut without making that the main focus of the book.
To any outsider this family looked as happy and functional as any family could be. Made the Brady bunch look dysfunctional (ok, well almost). But not too far below the surface were secrets festering to a boil and it didn’t take much more than a phone call to send the pot boiling over.
Aside from the cutting, I was on Willa’s side throughout the whole book. I didn’t much care for anyone else in Willa’s blended family. I felt her mother was pretty selfish and her step-father Jack was a weenie. I was actually waiting for a deep dark secret to be revealed about Jack, and was really thankful that what I was thinking about Jack was so. He was just a spineless wimp that poofed out his chest like a rooster to make himself look larger. Other than Willa, the only other people to come around and show some true character were her step-sisters. They were pretty shallow people in the beginning and really transformed at the end, thanks to Willa’s example.
There were so many real life parallels throughout this book. I guess if there were a moral to be taken from this it would be to be true to yourself. I think that we spend way too much of our time putting on a show for others to see. If we were true to ourselves, our families would be more peaceful. So much energy is spent on pretending and not enough on fostering the lives and relationships that mean the most.
Blood Wounds was a quick read. It was a good story that will you and make you think a little bit.