Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Blood Wounds, by Susan Beth Pfeffer- Review
Willa has lived with her blended family so long she no longer remembers what her life before was like. That is until the father she barely remembers, brutally murders the second family she didn't know about, hundreds of miles away. As the nation watches the day by day coverage of the chase to find him, and as her mom and her have to go into hiding to elude him, secrets are spilling out about her life before. How do you come to terms with being the child of a murderer?
Like This World We Live In, and presumably the first two books in the series (which I haven't had the chance to read yet), Blood Wounds is a story about family and all the different permutations of what makes up a family. I enjoyed the story and really liked Willas thoughts on her blended family and how they worked and didn't work in the end, however I was expecting more introspection about the whole my father is a murderer thing. After reading Through the Glass my expectations were likely a little too high, but all the same I feel like it was a subject that could have been explored a little further, it became a bit of a secondary element in the story line to Willa's personal issues and the difficulties with her family.
If I hadn't read Through the Glass first though, I would likely have had no issues with the story. It was a strong story of love and family and I liked Willa's character and her story arc of discovery. The first half of the book was a chilling look at having a surprise murderer in your immediate family and the scary and ostracizing way those around you would take action or react. Her mothers complete melt down made it even creepier as suddenly Willa was the adult in the situation without any support. It certainly made your average family squabble or the requisite family weirdo look tame in comparison.
Blood Wounds, by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Published by Harcourt Mifflin, September 2011
My copy kindly provided by the publisher
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