By Susan Beth Pfeffer
This is a heart-wrenching novel about a teenage girl with a blended family and deep family secrets. She is a likable character and despite having spoiled stepsisters, she cares equally about everyone. Then she finds out the truth about her biological father. She hasn't seen him since she was very young and knows nothing about his current life until he kills his family and starts driving up toward Willa's new home.
When Willa finds out that she had two little sisters she knew nothing about, she insists upon going to their funeral. A family friend takes her down to small town Texas so she can find out about this other part of her family.
The blood wounds in this story are both real and metaphoric--while her sisters and their mother died bloody deaths, Willa was left with the aftermath of how her blood family wounded her emotionally. A lot of ghosts come out of closets and Willa's decision making becomes extremely important. Willa's pain and the twisted family dynamics were fascinating. This is one of those sad yet hopeful realistic reads that actually does deliver.
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Review by Anni