Willa knows she should feel lucky. She has a mother and step-father who love her – two step-sisters who she gets along with, and well, a pretty normal life. Except that her step-sisters’ mother has a ton of money and her daughters get the benefit of that, while Willa doesn’t seem to see any of it. Still, things are good right? But how “good” can they be if Willa feels the need sometimes to sneak down into the basement to her secret area where she hides a razor blade and bandages for when things get a little too much for her.
She thinks of that place in the basement one afternoon when she gets home from school. There are four messages from her mom’s best friend, Faye, looking for Willa’s mom. The messages mention a missing twin and a person named Budge. At first, Willa isn’t too concerned but when police show up at her door and tell her that her biological father is wanted in the possible murder of his current wife, and two of his children (siblings Willa didn’t even know she had) things get anything but normal really fast.
Blood Wounds by Susan Beth Pfeffer is a book that will make you want to keep reading until you see where Willa’s families will end up.
Recommended for 7th grade and up.