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Lists with This Book. Mar 12, Catriona rated it did not like it. 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. Aug 19, Brielle Fox rated it it was ok. It gave me the chills when I was reading it late at night and it got me looking over my shoulder, so I guess that's good.

BUT, there are so many plot holes it's painful. If Kai and Achim actually harassed her, she can go to the police. Why do they just appear in the last few pages? Why couldn't she just go to them? If it's Kai, it's understandable. She was scared and she couldn't think of anything else to do. She thought long and hard about that. Forget the police, why couldn't she tell her parents? Why didn't Bianca or one of the other workers tell the police when he stole and he harassed them?

Secondly, if Hanna was, indeed, a lesbian, why did she spend the first half of the book eyeing Max? It doesn't really make sense, and she's never shown any signs of homosexuality.

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I know it was supposed to be a surprise, but people don't just come out like that. It has to make some sense. Also, the first, I don't know, two hundred pages were all summarized on the back cover. I could have skipped them all and still understood everything. Also, by the third wish they made about fifteen hundred you just knew that it was going to happen, whatever the author was saying.

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She didn't even use the money in the end. Another extremely unbelievable point is the writing style. How old is Steffi in the book? No twenty year old actually thinks like that. It's like Helen Grant wrote it all in third person, decided that it would be better in first, and then switched it around. It was driving me crazy. Plus, it was impossible to relate to any of the characters.

You never got to know anyone well enough, except for Steffi. It seemed like the world revolved around her. Then, you realize that Steffi, in the end, is a very badly formed character. She stutters ninety percent of the time and, magically, after thinking that a witch was after her, she's suddenly a strong, independent character at times, and then stuttering again in five minutes? The character development apart from being pushed up you nose is extremely fake and A shy, stuttering girl isn't going to get any better after being almost raped twice and killing, I don't know, seven people?

She's going to get worse. And, it's not gradual. She's shouting at people one second, then stuttering the next, as if, instead of becoming independent, she's switching between her new self and her old self. Other than that, the constant German words drove me crazy. A good way to end a chapter isn't answering your question in another language.

Plus, the similarities between Helen Grant's books are just way too common. The main character is always an awkward girl talking in first person. She lives in a small German town. She always talks way more complicated than she should. All the men in all the books are either rapists or killers. The whole book leans towards the supernatural side, until you find out that it's all believable.

You kind of figure the pattern out by the second book. I found myself guessing what's going to happen at the 'twists' and I was always right. Another thing that really annoyed me was the town. There's only one good person in the whole town? So far, you've got two rapists, a killer and countless gossipers, and your poor protagonist is the culprit of it all? It's not believable at all, unless Germany really is vile. I didn't see the point of all the endless time at the bakery. It's like Helen Grant didn't want the wishes to be fulfilled as soon as possible, so she told us about every single miserable order at the bakery.

And it always seemed so It's a small town, it's hard to believe that one mediocre bakery would get that many customers. I also didn't see the point of Timo and Izabella's characters. Why did she have to add two characters when the book would be totally the same with just Hanna, Jochen and Max. Aug 05, Kristy rated it it was amazing Shelves: A group of kids visit a crumbly old house that belonged to a supposed witch who died a horrible death yonks ago. For years people have written wishes on pieces of paper and left them for the witch in the hope that they will be granted.

But for Steffi they really do come true with some unexpected and scary repercussions. It reminded me of teen horror films But all the better for the story that she doesn't know to quit when she's ahead and she really doesn't. Parts of the book were deliciously sinister and some were outright gory and grim. Putting myself in Steffi's place I wouldn't have a clue who to trust which made it all the more creepy and tense.

There are some great twists and edge-of-your-seat action. A fantastic introduction to adult thrillers for younger readers. Sep 13, Mizuki rated it really liked it Shelves: I really enjoy those witch-house scenes, they are quite spooky. Plus there're other scenes which are quite scary as well when you read the book alone at night. But 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 more or less forgotten later on.

And I have mixed feelings about view spoiler [the true identity of the killer. View all 10 comments. Dec 04, Luula rated it liked it. Just, whenever I feel in need of a laugh, I will scroll down my to-read list just to find this book so that I can laugh at the cover. What on Earth happened?

Helen Grant had really lovely covers for her other books Apr 21, TomyT rated it it was amazing. Awesome, easy 2 read, very interesting and it doesn't have pages, so that's a plus ;. Jun 13, Mieneke rated it really liked it Shelves: 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: 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.

Like the perfect litt Wish Me Dead is Helen Grant's third novel and once again, she brings us another thrilling mystery with perhaps a supernatural twist. 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 consequences, not just in the book's present, but also in its past.

The 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.

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  • 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 outsider. Our 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. 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 away. The 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?

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    Or would you fly high as a kite, drunk on the feeling of power? In Steffi's case, it's all of that and more and it's interesting to see how these events help her grow into a stronger, more self-assured individual. My 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 more interaction between the sisters, some sort of rapprochement between them. In 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! Feb 17, Vivien Ernst rated it it was ok. Es wird einfach viel zu schnell angenommen, dass es wirklich eine Hexe gibt, die die Leute umbringt. Das war wirklich viel zu unrealistisch. Koryta rigs his tripwire plot with all sorts of unpredictable characters and unforeseen events, including a "flint-and-steel" electrical storm that will make your hair stand on end.

    There are any number of hunting parties combing the burning woods for Jace, from the Blackwell brothers to two determined women riding an injured horse. But sitting here, heart in mouth, it sure looks as if that raging forest fire will outrun them all. It's a well-written book Koryta builds the book's suspense with impressive skill, shifting among different characters' points of view to keep the reader constantly on edge. Koryta's vivid Montana landscape scenes pulsate with the smells and sounds of the great outdoors.

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    His three-dimensional characters realistically explore the choices they are forced to make as the author keeps the plot twisting with believable turns. Read this terrific chase thriller set in a dense forest, and be relieved that you're saved from nature's wrath. A young boy who has seen a savage crime is placed in witness protection at a wilderness skills program for troubled teens. The men who want to kill him are clever hunters. The only thing between the boy and a dreadful death are the owners of the wilderness camp and their skills, plus the eagle eye of a forest-fire spotter.

    This one has a thrill a page. This thriller had me glued to the words, not wanting to do anything else but finish this book.

    Koryta pens a novel that will leave you gasping along with the characters. This is excellent and one I recommend. Absolutely without a doubt. Stephen King would be proud of the set up, Cormac McCarthy would be proud of the writing, and I would be proud of the action. Don't you dare miss it. An absolutely first-rate novel. More than just an edge-of-your-seat, adrenaline-fueled story of life and death and survival in the Montana wilderness. But when two coldblooded killers track him there from Indiana, everyone's life is at grave risk.

    The program is run by Air Force veteran Ethan Serbin, who lives with his wife, Allison, in a mountain cabin. She distrusts Jamie Bennett, a federal marshal and former trainee of Ethan's who shows up in the middle of the night, having recklessly driven into a blizzard, to plead for their help. When Jace arrives, it's anonymously, under the name Connor Reynolds.

    He's badly lacking in confidence but proves adept in handling himself outdoors.