Publishing Date: September 12th, 2011
Genre: YA, mystery
Pages: 256 pgs
Rating: 4 stars
Summary 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.
I received this book in a package of books from Thomas Allen & Son about a month ago. I had a backlog of books to read so this one got put on the back burner. Well, I feel like I should have read this book sooner. I really enjoyed this book. I actually read it all in one night and I couldn't put it down. The book is about Willa who lives with her mother, her step-father and her step-sisters. One night, her biological father goes on a rampage and kills his wife and his children and is on his way to see Willa. After all is said and done this is much more than just a thriller. It delves into the complexity of blended families and of how important biological parents are to our identity. Willa begins questioning her identity after this incident and embarks on a journey to "find herself". I really like how the author is able to write about teens. As I've said before in other reviews, I often find that some authors gloss over some of the difficult things of being a teen. In this novel, the main character Willa allows herself to be selfish for once and she does so in an over-the-top kind of way. This novel deals with many issues that teens face including blended families and cutting. It is raw and real and well written. I would definitely recommend this novel. Overall I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.