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Wish Me Dead Paperback – International Edition, July 26, 2011
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About the Author
Helen Grant was born in London, and read Classics at St Hugh's College, Oxford. In 2001 she and her family moved to Bad Münstereifel in Germany, and it was exploring the legends of this beautiful town that inspired her to write her first novel, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden. She now lives in Brussels with her husband, her two children and a small German cat.
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Some readers complain of the fact she always offers the same kind of stories. Well, yes her 3 books are suspense books involving murders and mysterious events, yes they take place in Germany, yes folklore and legends constitute an important part of the stories, and yes each time the heroine - who is also the narrator - is a young woman.
However. The plotlines and deeper themes are not alike. And the 3 heroines are all very different types of young women. Pia was just a little girl with a strong mind and a lot of imagination, Lin a rather sulky and rebelious young adult, while here our heroine Steffi is a very shy, self-confidence deprived young woman.
The story of Wish Me Dead makes Steffi feel even worse about herself, since she is under the assumption she is responsible for someone's death. Indeed, she wished for it in an old ruined house, which local legends have it is haunted by the witch who used to live there before she was killed, some centuries ago. Could she be the cause behind the person's death? Her, transparent, timid, pale Steffi linked to something as incredible as a witch granting wishes? The only way to know is to wish for something again, to see if it comes true... It is then the beginning of a dangerous path for our heroine...
If I really enjoyed the folkloric aspects of the story as well as the cleverly managed suspense, I also liked a lot the psychological depth of the novel. Our heroine is a nice, decent person that gets caught up in a whirlpool of bad decisions and actions, and whose each attempt at making things better only make them worse. The feeling that she is special, different, that she's getting through her wishes becoming true, brutally gives her an impression of power and confidence that she had lacked all of her life. Apart from being a thriller this is also of course a coming-of-age story.
You can really relate to Steffi, her fears, her interrogations, and the people in her life (from her pseudo friends to a colleague way too much friendly), who are described with vivacity and liveliness, really sound real.
The climax was well mastered and intense, and even though I'm not completely satisfied with the very end of the book (that lacked a bit more answers or details in my opinion), I still give this book 5 stars for the hours of suspenseful reading it brought me, for its original story, and for Helen Grant's wording that is a festival of striking analogies, strong images and witty sentences.
Would I recommend it? YES