Susan Beth Pfeffer
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date: September 13th, 2011
Source: ARC from Publisher
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 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? But as Willa sets out to untangle the mysteries of her past, she also keeps her own secret—one that has the potential to tear apart all she holds dear.
Having read Susan Beth Pfeffer’s epic The Last Survivors books, I was undoubtedly excited to get my hands on Blood Wounds. Why is it that when I’m so excited for something, I usually end up disappointed?
Willa Coffey is your average girl with a “happy” family. Or so she thinks. But we can all see that she is just expected to do what everyone wants without saying a thing. To override the want for things she can’t have, she cuts herself.
That’s about all the personalization we get. Willa has got to be the “flattest” character I’ve seen. She was just plain 2D. I felt no connection, and zero emotion. I didn’t really care what happened to her. There were times when I felt sorry for her, but they just didn’t matter in that special way that makes your heart ache. And then there’s the action. If you’re an avid reader of my blog, you have to know I need action in my books. This was pretty lacking in that department. It would have been okay if Willa wasn’t so incredibly annoying for me.
Susan Beth Pfeffer is an incredible author – I know this from Life as We Knew it and The Dead and the Gone. I loved those books a LOT, which is why I jumped at the opportunity to pick up Blood Wounds. In the end, I felt that Blood Wounds is a story that still needs a lot of work. As it is, in my opinion, its just the framework of a story (not to mention characters) that never reached a proper completion.
Don’t take my word for it though, I know a few others who really enjoyed Blood Wounds. But I guess Susan Beth Pfeffer’s latest just wasn’t for me.