KINDLE ´ Wish Me Dead Û Helen Grant

Wish Me DeadAddon and Kevin Brooks Helen Grant's debut novel The Vanishing of Katharina Linden was sho It's a decently and realistically written YA thriller the idea about a group of teenagers who lived in a Germany small town going to an abandoned house belonged to a long dead witch and wished forhexed people whom they hated to drop dead is a refreshing and chilling one I really enjoy those witch house scenes they are uite spooky Plus there're other scenes which are uite scary as well when you read the book alone at nightBut sadly for most of the time the main character Steffi is an annoying weak willed spineless crybaby who never once stood up for herself plus the ending is a bit underwhelming the myth about the dead witch and her curse are or less forgotten later on And I have mixed feelings about view spoilerthe true identity of the killer hide spoiler

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The much anticipated third novel from a writer set to rival the likes of Meg Rosoff Mark H I'm sorry I really wanted to like this book i loved the idea but i couldn't accept the behaviour of the characters and became bored with the actions they chose I thought it could have been a great teen supernatural thriller but i was disappointed after the first half of the book finished and unfortunately bored

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PDF ✓ BOOK Wish Me Dead ¹ HANNAHREDHEAD ò The much anticipated third novel from a writer set to rival the likes of Meg Rosoff Mark Haddon and Kevin Brooks Helen Grant's debut novel The Vanishing of Katharina Linden was shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the Booktrust Teenage Prize A compulsive thrillerRtlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the Booktrust Teenage Prize A compulsive thrille Wish Me Dead is Helen Grant's third novel and once again she brings us another thrilling mystery with perhaps a supernatural twist In it she returns to the location of her first novel The Vanishing of Katharina Linden Bad Münstereifel As I haven't read said title yet – it's on the TBR pile – I can't say for sure whether there are any connections between the two books though there is talk of a spate of murders in the past The atmosphere of Bad Münstereiffel is perfect Like the perfect little towns you see on TV during the Tour de France and other European cycling races Bad Münstereiffel looks completely uaint and picturesue but is just as small to live in as such towns look And while such close knit communities are often a good thing they can be insidious because everyone knows each other and they are often rife with small mindedness and gossip This latter side is what is showcased in Wish Me Dead to good effect with devastating conseuences not just in the book's present but also in its pastThe novel is peopled by an interesting set of characters Not all of them are as well developed as our central characters but they are there for a reason and none of them feel like caricatures except perhaps Frau Kessel the town busybody She reminded me of nothing as much as Mrs Crumplebottom from The Sims 2 She was this pruny old lady who hung around town snooping and giving anyone who was getting too amorous a slap with her purse Though Frau Kessel did much worse than just slap some people she is the ultimate malign gossip Steffi is part of a strange circle of friends One of them sort of steals her boyfriend – not that she really minded as the relationship was slowly dying anyway – and two of the boys Max and Jochen mostly bully the others into doing what they want I found it hard to care for any of them and it made Steffi seem isolated and an outsiderOur main character Steffi is well summed up by her surname Nett which means nice in German She is very shy and afraid to stand up for herself leading her to be easily steam rolled into things she'd rather not do by her friends and family For example visiting Rote Gertrude's cottage or staying in Bad Münstereiffel to take over her father's bakery However during the course of the book Steffi learns to stand up for herself and to speak her mind She tries to fight for what she wants sadly not always very successfully but she does try By the end of the novel she is able to speak her mind and to make her own decisions without putting other people's desires and emotions first Thankfully this is not due to a boy who rescues her and makes everything better as is so often the case; no Steffi does it all on her own with some help of her friends one of whom is a boy yes but mostly through learning some really hard life lessons and finding out the truth about her family's past Which doesn't mean that by the end of the novel she flounces off perfect and completely confident but she has learned that she is in control over her own life as long as she holds onto that control and doesn't let others take it awayThe idea of the witch's house is very cool Every old town has some sort of old abandoned building and it isn't hard to imagine such a myth as that of Rote Gertrude to spring up in such a place It is scary fascinating and it feels as if the witch could appear at any moment On the one hand it is hard to understand why Steffi keeps going back on the other hand the place is compelling and in the case of three of her curses I do understand why she made them And it must be strangely empowering for a girl such as Steffi who often feels tongue tied and weak to have all her wishes come true Wish Me Dead is not just the mystery of who is granting Steffi's wishes it's also a look at what happens if your wishes come true however horrible they are Who hasn't ever thought I wish so and so would just disappear; it would be so much easier Now imagine how scary it would be if that actually came true Would you be guilty of murder because you wished someone dead Would you feel eaten by guilt and remorse Or would you fly high as a kite drunk on the feeling of power In Steffi's case it's all of that and and it's interesting to see how these events help her grow into a stronger self assured individualMy only real problem with the story was the return of the prodigal sister Magdalena's short visit seemed a little pointless So she comes back shows her face and let's everyone know she is now happy and settled up North But it didn't seem to actually tie into anything else It felt rather superfluous even though the reason she returned was a valid one I would have liked to have seen interaction between the sisters some sort of rapprochement between themIn the end while I wasn't taken completely unaware as to whom was the killer I hadn't seen it coming too far in advance and I really enjoyed the twist to the ending I loved Wish Me Dead Ms Grant seems to be getting better with each book And I love her particular brand of mystery While mostly marketed to a YA audience this is definitely very suited to adult readers as well If you're in the mood for some creepy mystery Wish Me Dead is the book you want to read