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5.0 out of 5 starsGreat dark crime novel
Reviewed in the United States on January 30, 2019
This one put its claws in me from the first line: “I’m eight years old the first time I watch my daddy kill a man.” Harley McKenna is raised as the only child of widow Duke McKenna, the violent top-dog criminal of North County. And he raises her to survive anything–including his enemies coming to harm her. A tough and gritty read as adult Harley struggles with how much of her mother she is–including running the motel for abused women seeking help–and how much of her violent criminal father she is. She’s now reached a part of life where she must decide what will happen next, and she’s got a plan, but will anyone come out of it alive? I loved Harley, who isn’t a tough girl character just in term, but a very real character that has been shaped by her life and is doing her best to not only survive but to just be. I really love Sharpe’s writing of girls and women and look forward to more from her. If I’d gotten to this one last year it definitely would have been on my 2018 favorites list. Can’t recommend enough if you’re a fan of dark crime shows like Ozarks.
5.0 out of 5 starsStunning. Dives Right Into Your Soul.
Reviewed in the United States on March 10, 2018
Barbed Wire Heart grabs your heart from the opening line, and then dives right into your soul. You can not stop reading it. It is gritty and dark, yet perfectly real. Tess Sharpe brings the stark realities of rural America to life in startling clarity. Tweekers, meth labs, the criminal class, and the victims. But for all its stark prose and superb craft, it is the supremely empowering tale of a young woman coming of age in a world of methodical violence. A rare and unusual novel.
Read the description on Amazon. Not sure it was my cup of tea however after reading the reviews, decided to risk it. I was blown away. Harley is our female hero for the 21st century. It’s the Sopranos meet Ray Donovan only the hero is a woman. Couldn’t put it down and I loved the story. Can’t say enough about this book. Good vs evil is sometimes ill defined. She made it make sense. I loved her writing and this book.
5.0 out of 5 starsSo authentic; couldn't put it down!
Reviewed in the United States on August 16, 2018
What a great book! I couldn't put it down until I finished it. The author drew the reader in to a unique setting. Geographically, I used whatever hints I found to pinpoint the location of the action just to prove to myself that it could really exist. Fascinating. (Hints of Sons of Anarchy, but don't let that stop you.) The characters were each compelling in their own way, good and bad. And such good writing. I hated for it to end but couldn't stop reading until it did. I guess you'll just have to read it!
5.0 out of 5 starsThe better version of Sons of Anarchy
Reviewed in the United States on June 29, 2018
I liked the back and forth of the book and that each chapter explained something pivotal to the next part of Harley’s plan. It doesn’t detract from the story, rather it paints a deeper picture of Harley and you learn more about her organically, rather than being shoved down your throat. I like how she’s built a strong woman who supports other women, and there were many strong women who support women throughout the story. Just a really nice, solid book, that isn’t too touchy feely, but makes you feel good when it’s done. Restored a bit of faith in humanity.
I have done little things else for three days but read this book. I had no idea where or how it would end and I was totally surprised and satisfied as it unfolded. It not a “beach read” and it may take much of your summer. But dive in and plow through you will be so glad you did.. When you finish it, share it!
3.0 out of 5 starsGood writing but unbelievable main character
Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2018
I enjoyed the book despite Harley. Her scruples on killing just don't meld in my mind. Which produces plot turns that just don't ring true for me. Pity, as the author is a good writer. I could also have done without the preachy political afterward but that's just me. I doubt one reader in a hundred will care about that. However, the Harley who works so hard at not killing but is still seen as so scary just in my opinion won't work for most thriller or true crime readers. Your mileage may vary.
5.0 out of 5 starsFelt like a well played hand of cards....
Reviewed in the United States on June 14, 2018
Loved this book and how it was written. I felt like I was playing a long, strategic hand of cards or game of chess....each move well thought out and always trying to think ahead of your opponents. Modern day edition of the Hatfields & McCoys. Highly recommend as it was a great read!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 2, 2019
I loved Barber Wire Heart, I am a huge fan of Tess Sharpe and was v curious to read her adult novel - Sharp writes with the passion and skill of the best YA writers with adults themes and captures a strong girl with a passionate heart brilliantly - and adored the structure of the backstory in this - totally recommend
Un beau livre, impressionnant de maîtrise pour un premier roman. Superbe personnage féminin, forte, ambivalente, et dont l'évolution charpente le récit. Très bien construit, le roman est prenant et je ne l'ai pas lâché jusqu'à la fin.