Blood Wounds by Susan Beth Pfeffer
"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."- summary from Amazon
I was really excited for this book when I first got it. I loved Pfeffer's Life As We Knew It and so really wanted to read this book. It turned out a bit different than I had expected because I thought the whole book would be about the father on his way there and secrets being revealed during that wait, but that was just the first (of three) part. The other two parts deal with Willa going to Pryor where her other family died to go to their funeral and then coming back home as a changed woman and dealing with some big reveals. The whole book though was very good and compelling and I do think that maybe having it just be about the father on his way may have been a bit boring, so I like how Pfeffer did this.
Willa is a great character and a perfect protagonist; she really changed over the course of the book and that made me really happy. It was uplifting reading her story and getting involved with her life. The other characters were interesting too and seeing them change or stay the same over the course of the novel was fun.
Overall, just a really great book and it makes me want to read more from Pfeffer, so I may go back and finish the Moon Crash series (apparently, a fourth is being released next fall!) sometime soon!
FTC: Received ARC from publisher. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.