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They say it is quietest in the eye of a storm...they lied. Bronwyn’s mother is late. Again. Sitting on the edge of the sidewalk, waiting, Bronwyn figures she’s flaked out again. She’s always flaking out. Stomping home ready for a fight, Bronwyn is met by a cataclysmic tornado heading directly toward their run-down trailer. Bronwyn barely escapes with her life. Her mother is They say it is quietest in the eye of a storm...they lied. Bronwyn’s mother is late. Again. Sitting on the edge of the sidewalk, waiting, Bronwyn figures she’s flaked out again. She’s always flaking out. Stomping home ready for a fight, Bronwyn is met by a cataclysmic tornado heading directly toward their run-down trailer. Bronwyn barely escapes with her life. Her mother isn’t as lucky. Enter Senator Soliday, a.k.a. Bronwyn’s estranged father, who shows up at the hospital and takes her home with him, to a family she’s never been a part of, to people who have proved again and again they don’t want her. Confused, resentful, absolutely raging, Bronwyn enters a world she’s never been privy to, while reeling from the news that her mother wasn’t killed by the tornado but murdered. Torn between two identities: the daughter of a single drug addict and the middle child of a well-respected senator, Bronwyn is forced to navigate through this new, unfamiliar life alone and with a gut feeling she can’t shake. Her mother’s killer isn’t unfamiliar...


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They say it is quietest in the eye of a storm...they lied. Bronwyn’s mother is late. Again. Sitting on the edge of the sidewalk, waiting, Bronwyn figures she’s flaked out again. She’s always flaking out. Stomping home ready for a fight, Bronwyn is met by a cataclysmic tornado heading directly toward their run-down trailer. Bronwyn barely escapes with her life. Her mother is They say it is quietest in the eye of a storm...they lied. Bronwyn’s mother is late. Again. Sitting on the edge of the sidewalk, waiting, Bronwyn figures she’s flaked out again. She’s always flaking out. Stomping home ready for a fight, Bronwyn is met by a cataclysmic tornado heading directly toward their run-down trailer. Bronwyn barely escapes with her life. Her mother isn’t as lucky. Enter Senator Soliday, a.k.a. Bronwyn’s estranged father, who shows up at the hospital and takes her home with him, to a family she’s never been a part of, to people who have proved again and again they don’t want her. Confused, resentful, absolutely raging, Bronwyn enters a world she’s never been privy to, while reeling from the news that her mother wasn’t killed by the tornado but murdered. Torn between two identities: the daughter of a single drug addict and the middle child of a well-respected senator, Bronwyn is forced to navigate through this new, unfamiliar life alone and with a gut feeling she can’t shake. Her mother’s killer isn’t unfamiliar...

30 review for Homewrecker

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kathreadya

    I was worried this book might be too scary for me, but more than a YA thriller, this book was about family and relationships. I really enjoyed seeing Bronwyn grow in her relationship with her estranged family, and I enjoyed watching her face the truth of what her mother had hid from her. The twists where enjoyable and the character growth was authentic and grounded. The romance that bloomed was adorable, but the focus for me was the family dynamics that were explored. The one issue I had is the I was worried this book might be too scary for me, but more than a YA thriller, this book was about family and relationships. I really enjoyed seeing Bronwyn grow in her relationship with her estranged family, and I enjoyed watching her face the truth of what her mother had hid from her. The twists where enjoyable and the character growth was authentic and grounded. The romance that bloomed was adorable, but the focus for me was the family dynamics that were explored. The one issue I had is the injury she gets at the end is not taken seriously? For me, since I work at a hospital, I know how serious that injury is and it felt to me like it wasn't shown to be a big deal. But that's just a personal pet peeve haha But I really enjoyed this book, and liked how it addresses family drama, economic differences, and manipulative parents in an authentic way. Thank you Wattpad books for sending me this book to review honestly!

  2. 4 out of 5

    eli ♡

    Trigger Warnings: murder, uncomfortable sexual encounter, suggested drug use, and underage drinking. *.·:·.☽✧ 2.5 stars ✧☾.·:·.* "Homewrecker" follows the story of Bronwyn as she waits for her mother on their small trailer porch after school, only to have to hide in a gas station with her neighbor Kingston as a tornado strikes their hometown. While Bronwyn made it out of the disaster alive, her mother wasn't so lucky. So when Bronwyn's estranged father, Senator David Soliday, takes her home wit Trigger Warnings: murder, uncomfortable sexual encounter, suggested drug use, and underage drinking. *.·:·.☽✧ 2.5 stars ✧☾.·:·.* "Homewrecker" follows the story of Bronwyn as she waits for her mother on their small trailer porch after school, only to have to hide in a gas station with her neighbor Kingston as a tornado strikes their hometown. While Bronwyn made it out of the disaster alive, her mother wasn't so lucky. So when Bronwyn's estranged father, Senator David Soliday, takes her home with him to meet the rest of his family, Bronwyn is distant to the rest of the family and wants nothing to do with them. They never cared about her for most of her life, so why would they care now? Confused, resentful, and absolutely raging, Bronwyn enters a world she’s never been introduced to, while reeling from the news that her mother wasn’t killed by the tornado but murdered. Torn between two identities: the daughter of a single drug addict and the middle child of a well-respected senator, Bronwyn is forced to navigate through this new, unfamiliar life alone and with a gut feeling she can’t shake. Her mother’s killer isn’t unfamiliar. The plot was intriguing and could've been strong enough to carry the novel if it focused more on the mystery aspect and less on Bronwyn adjusting to a new family while simultaneously acting like Sherlock Holmes to find her mother's murder. In my opinion, I think the mystery part of the novel was sort of rushed and wasn't developed enough. I feel as if there could've been so much more added to the mystery that would've added so much more depth and complexity to the story. Because of this, the plot fell flat for me and just wasn't making sense because it didn't truly pertain to the synopsis. And the writing was pretty standard, but confusing at times. [page 260] "David sighed. "He [Kingston] left his brownies" I nodded, not meeting his eyes. "They weren't good. You know what he did to them?" "They're vegan" "Your mother used to make really good brownies. From a box, but she would add things to make it taste better...." I kind of understand what David was trying to say, but I was confused because it seemed to me like he was trying to insinuate that Kingston added some substance to the brownies. Yet instead of David continuing to talk about that point, he then talks about how Bronwyn's mother made brownies. This could just be how David's character is supposed to act, but he doesn't speak this way in other conversations with other characters, so I'm presuming that the writing is to blame. In addition to that, the characters of this novel... weren't great. Bronwyn Larson-Soliday was naive and close-minded. I couldn't stand how she jumped to conclusions so quickly without fully reviewing the evidence and explaining her theory to others. And in the process, she ended up hurting other people with her unreasonable theories and claims. But instead of correctly apologizing to the people hurt because of said claims and trying to understand why they're hurt, she tried to show how since she's been through this, that, and the third that she shouldn't be held accountable. That behavior was very annoying, and even when she did make valid points about her mother's murder, I couldn't focus on those because she went back to making foolish claims. Her character did change after gaining new perspectives and meeting new people, but the way she treated people did not help me enjoy the novel any more than I already did. [page 275]""[Andi] You're so......narrow-minded! My parents didn't just buy you stuff, they gave you somewhere to live when all you had was a broken-down, rusted old trailer, and that was before the tornado hit it! My mom got you a therapist for when we go home, sh enrolled you in private school, and Dad has been making you a freaking vegetable garden because you wanted one!" [Bronwyn]"That's just more stuff, more money thrown at everything like that makes it all better-" She laughed, sardonically. "Seriously? "You're the one who's so hung up on money". "Because I never had any! You're, like, numb to it. You don't even care." "We don't care? We do all those things for you! To make you happy, but you're the one who never cares. When your mom died, I gave you my bed so you didn't have to sit on the floor. When you blew off work to get drunk with Kingston, I covered for you with Sheila and Hank. Jason and Kimberly have been scrambling to find something for you at their wedding so you don't feel left out. All of this, literally everything we've done since you got here, was such a waste because it didn't matter to you at all." I was quiet for a moment, a tightness building in my chest." Donna Larson (Bronwyn's mom) had good intentions, but couldn't execute them well. She had a fair share of secrets she kept from Bronwyn that truly messed with Bronwyn when they were revealed. And since some are revealed that relate to Donna's murder, I wish that there was some way I could have learned her reasoning for keeping those secrets from Bronwyn for so many years about Donna's addiction and her relationship with David. David and Amy Soliday pretty much did the most they could to provide for Bronwyn after they met her, but couldn't communicate well with her. Because they couldn't be honest with Bronwyn at first, Amy, David, and Bronwyn because more divided. But towards the end, they become more vulnerable with her, so they ended up bonding. Yet I would've liked to learn more about the dynamic between David, Amy, and Donna because that could've been explored a lot more than just the surface-level situation. Kingston Castaneda was a dusty 20-year-old who was horrible at lying. I can't say much about him without spoiling, so I'll leave it at this: Kingston was a horrible character that I despised once I put the puzzle pieces together. Andi Soliday was cold and distant at first, but opens up to Bronwyn farther into the story, so they end up having a real sisterly bond. I truly enjoyed learning about why Andi was so distant towards Bronwyn because it added more complexity to their relationship. To be honest, I didn't like Andi at first because I thought she was really stuck-up, but my opinion of her changed as I saw more of who she was and her goals. Ethan Denver was sweet and selfless, but insecure about not only his body but his abilities as a whole. I liked how Bronwyn was able to help Ethan confront his insecurities, and then it's shown that Ethan is becoming a little more confident in himself towards the end of the novel. In addition to that, Ethan really brought some humor and amusement to the book. I mean, he loves horror films so much that he would always share horror movie facts that made the book somewhat entertaining. But I don't know why Ethan supported and comforted Bronwyn while she did all that foolish stuff. Also, I don't know if it's just me, but it felt like there were so many additional characters being introduced that I just couldn't keep up. I can't even recall how many siblings Bronwyn had because they were insignificant. I honestly don't think there were that many supporting characters, but the problem was that these supporting characters didn't have enough of a presence in this story to be remembered or deemed significant. Again, this might not be a valid critique because it could only apply to me, but I just wanted to make that point anyway. To conclude, "Homewrecker" had so many weak spots and flaws that prevented me from enjoying this novel. I'm thinking that maybe this wasn't made for me because I just didn't enjoy it. But if you're someone who likes novels with a protagonist who pretends to be the naive version of Sherlock Holmes, then I'm sure you'll enjoy this book. Thank you Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of this title! Blog Review

  3. 5 out of 5

    Guylou (Two Dogs and a Book)

    📚 Hello Book Friends! HOMEWRECKER by Deanna Cameron is an awesome book. I was not sure what to expect and I can say that this book surpassed all my expectations. I particularly enjoyed the main character, Bronwyn. The author succeeded to make me feel her pain, confusion, and anger. It is a deep and emotional character. The plot is solid and poignant. And look at this cover… it is such a great representation of the story. I truly enjoyed this read. #bookstadog #poodles #poodlestagram #poodlesofins 📚 Hello Book Friends! HOMEWRECKER by Deanna Cameron is an awesome book. I was not sure what to expect and I can say that this book surpassed all my expectations. I particularly enjoyed the main character, Bronwyn. The author succeeded to make me feel her pain, confusion, and anger. It is a deep and emotional character. The plot is solid and poignant. And look at this cover… it is such a great representation of the story. I truly enjoyed this read. #bookstadog #poodles #poodlestagram #poodlesofinstagram #furbabies #dogsofinstagram #bookstagram #dogsandbooks #bookishlife #bookishlove #bookstagrammer #books #booklover #bookish #bookaholic #reading #readersofinstagram #instaread #ilovebooks #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram #bookreviewer #bookcommunity #bibliophile #homewreckerbook #deannacameron #wattpadbooks #bookreview

  4. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    I see what you did there, Deanna Cameron. The tornado is a homewrecker AND mother Donna was essentially a homewrecker after having an affair with David Soliday when he was still married to Amy. This book has something for everyone: the excitement of a tornado and the thrill of a murder to solve, family dynamics galore, how to make a new friend lessons, fun facts and analyses of horror movies, and how not to conduct a delicate police investigation. Although I found Bronwyn to be stubborn as all ge I see what you did there, Deanna Cameron. The tornado is a homewrecker AND mother Donna was essentially a homewrecker after having an affair with David Soliday when he was still married to Amy. This book has something for everyone: the excitement of a tornado and the thrill of a murder to solve, family dynamics galore, how to make a new friend lessons, fun facts and analyses of horror movies, and how not to conduct a delicate police investigation. Although I found Bronwyn to be stubborn as all get out, I did root for her and loved the way her story ended. Book connections: I am reading another book (actually listening to it) about a girl who's life is turned upside down by a tornado sending her to live with her estranged bio dad. It is set in Missouri (my home state) and the name is Torn Away. If you like this one, I'll bet that one will also be a winner. Thank you to Wattpad for a paperback ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Angelica Pascoe

    I Pre-Ordered this book before canceling my order after finishing the story on the Wattpad platform. I was very disappointed with the #1 genre of this book being called a Thriller when there was barely anything thrilling about it; I had figured out who the killer of Bronwyn's mother was way ahead of time. Not to mention how confusing the writing was... which killed the mystery aspect. If you're looking for a quick and easy YA read (as that's what I'd call this book, a YA not a Thriller) and not I Pre-Ordered this book before canceling my order after finishing the story on the Wattpad platform. I was very disappointed with the #1 genre of this book being called a Thriller when there was barely anything thrilling about it; I had figured out who the killer of Bronwyn's mother was way ahead of time. Not to mention how confusing the writing was... which killed the mystery aspect. If you're looking for a quick and easy YA read (as that's what I'd call this book, a YA not a Thriller) and not use your brain much, this one is easy.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ashley

    I have mixed feelings about this book. While it's tagged as being a mystery and thriller, I felt the elements for either were sorely lacking. It's no mystery that Bronwyn's mom is killed by someone, rather than something as stated by the book description. There was no suspense in the mystery leading up to the reveal of her killer. And while I can't blame Bronwyn for not knowing that her mother was murdered rather than killed by the tornado until the police inform her, I do find it surprising that I have mixed feelings about this book. While it's tagged as being a mystery and thriller, I felt the elements for either were sorely lacking. It's no mystery that Bronwyn's mom is killed by someone, rather than something as stated by the book description. There was no suspense in the mystery leading up to the reveal of her killer. And while I can't blame Bronwyn for not knowing that her mother was murdered rather than killed by the tornado until the police inform her, I do find it surprising that she wasn't actively seeking out her killer once she knew, and perhaps that's on me for expecting more when a book is labelled a mystery. I had higher expectations for the story telling on that aspect than was given. However, if you forget that this is supposed to be a mystery, the book was excellent! It was well written and I enjoyed the family dynamic between Bronwyn and her new found family. It was realistic and believable, and I adored her relationship with boy-next-door, Ethan. While it's understandable that Bronwyn's mother's death was inevitable for the events of her relationship with her estranged father to roll out, it felt like the book needed to forget the "mystery" all together and focus solely on the family story that was already put out so clearly. If the story had left the mystery of Bronwyn's mom killer out, this would have been a solid 5 stars for me. I was fully engrossed in Bronwyn's need to unravel what was true about her father and what was the narrative her mother painted for her. The awkward tension between her and the siblings she didn't know. The bitterness between sisters. And eventually, the willingness to accept them as her family. And the best part being the budding romance between her and Ethan. Going from strangers, to frenemies, to best friends, to lovers. It was perfect and fascinating, and came about at a perfect pace. Given that it didn't go that route and instead leaned into an unnecessary mystery questioning the truth about her mother's death with a hint of a weird flirting relationship with her older neighbour, I'll have to settle on 3.5 out of 5 stars. While I didn't love everything, I was pleasantly surprised and only slightly disappointed by the mystery element.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    This was surprisingly good. I’m always leery of books published on platforms like Wattpad. I’m a strong believer in the need for a good editor. This book was well plotted and moved at a good pace. The characters were well drawn and compelling. This is a solid YA read and work soft those who want a little romance and for those who like a little mystery or suspense. I’ll recommend this to students.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of Homewrecker in exchange for an honest review. Described as for fans of One of Us is Lying and A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, I'd argue that Homewrecker's biggest blight is its categorization as a mystery when in reality, I'd consider this a family-drama first and foremost. After her mother's death in what at first appears to be a tornado but is soon discovered to be a probable murder, Bronwyn goes to live with the wealthy family of the father she ba Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of Homewrecker in exchange for an honest review. Described as for fans of One of Us is Lying and A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, I'd argue that Homewrecker's biggest blight is its categorization as a mystery when in reality, I'd consider this a family-drama first and foremost. After her mother's death in what at first appears to be a tornado but is soon discovered to be a probable murder, Bronwyn goes to live with the wealthy family of the father she barely knows. Thrown from her life in a trailer with her mother into the public eye as a state senator's daughter, Bronwyn grapples with family, friendship, love, and the loss of her mother. As a drama, this is well done, but we only ever get 2 possible murder suspects (one of whom is so obviously a red herring from a narrative perspective that you pretty much rule him out from the get go because mystery books always need a twist) so as a mystery, this fell really flat and I think attempting to ride off of the coattails of some really well developed mysteries may turn people against this.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Campbell

    I didn't like this book. If I was not on the hook to review it, I would have ditched it about 1/3 of the way through. Was it a mystery? Was it a family drama? Was it a summer love story? There were many things going on and none of them were done well. Mostly, I didn't like the characters or the writing. I felt like I was reading a book written by one of my high school students. The characters were not well defined or believable. The dialog was cringe worthy at times. It read like a middle school I didn't like this book. If I was not on the hook to review it, I would have ditched it about 1/3 of the way through. Was it a mystery? Was it a family drama? Was it a summer love story? There were many things going on and none of them were done well. Mostly, I didn't like the characters or the writing. I felt like I was reading a book written by one of my high school students. The characters were not well defined or believable. The dialog was cringe worthy at times. It read like a middle school book that had older characters. In the same paragraph that the characters are driving 45 minutes to confront a murder suspect's drug dealer, they are also quipping, "Jinx. You owe me a coke?" Really? While there were some really tough topics introduced - drug addiction, poverty, wealth inequality, abandonment, murder, loss of a parent, loss of a home, trying to fit in with a new family, finding a place in an entirely new setting.... None of them were addressed seriously. I felt like I had whiplash while reading this. Serious topic, some trite quip or gloss over. Is Bronwyn going to find solace in the natural world? Is she going to morn her mother? Connect with Jude? No. She is going to dance with her summer (maybe) fling and make his dreams of writing screenplays hers? Where did that come from? I thought maybe Bronwyn would feel compelled to help her former town with the devastation from the tornado? Petition her newfound father to donate to help drug effected areas? I can't believe that Officer Porterfield would put herself on the line with a Senator's daughter whether she planned to leave the police force or not. None of these characters really ever had any consequences for their actions whether past or present in the book. I just found this book to be empty. I wanted it to be a fast paced mystery full of suspense and intrigue. It was not that. Thank you Netgalley for the ARC copy in exchange for an honest review!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.5 rounded down. What follows is my personal opinion, and is no way representative of any orgs I'm involved with. Thanks to the publisher, author, and NetGalley for providing the eARC in exchange for an honest review. I like many elements of this story, but there's a lot that didn't gel with me. I hated that the characters seemed to be largely built on stereotypes of social strata, or in some cases just clichés that serve as social cliff-notes. I was let down by the promise of a murder mystery/d 3.5 rounded down. What follows is my personal opinion, and is no way representative of any orgs I'm involved with. Thanks to the publisher, author, and NetGalley for providing the eARC in exchange for an honest review. I like many elements of this story, but there's a lot that didn't gel with me. I hated that the characters seemed to be largely built on stereotypes of social strata, or in some cases just clichés that serve as social cliff-notes. I was let down by the promise of a murder mystery/disaster story that turned into what felt like a rehashing of most teen-targeted melodramas. The "summer romance" subplot was also boring whenever The twists (both in the central murder mystery story and the melodrama) didn't always feel earned, which was disappointing. The difficult topics to cover (poverty, drug abuse, loss and mourning) are mostly glossed over in exchange for more cliched fluff. That said, there's a lot of great things scattered in the story too. One of my favorite moments involves Bronwyn bunkering in a gas station during the story's seminal tornado - anyone that's ever been in a natural disaster will know how real and traumatic that moment is. I wish that the rest of the story contained that kind of power. The family dynamic (sans Bronwyn) felt mostly believable, though Sen. Solliday's personality seemed to be built entirely on clichés and the ideal "I do dad jokes" kind of tropes. I liked when any character's passions would be the forefront of the scene - be it gardening, horror movies or showtunes, these moments were much more genuine to me as a reader. The author probably digs these things themselves, and that love comes through even in small ways. What I did like about the story was enough to keep me going, but maybe not enough to stay memorable. Homewrecker has the vibe of a CW drama series - not a bad thing, but definitely not what was promised by the marketing. I would recommend this to teens, but I don't think it would be my first choice on the list.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Katie | niftyreads

    I like when a book keeps building and you think the plot is going one way only to have it be whipped around and go a completely different way - just like a tornado.🌪 That is HOMEWRECKER by @deeelizabethc a novel about a girl, Bronwyn, who survives a tornado, but her mother isn’t so lucky. She’s sent to live with her estranged father and his family and adjust to a completely new lifestyle while coping with the news that the tornado didn’t kill her mom - it was murder. What I expected was a YA thr I like when a book keeps building and you think the plot is going one way only to have it be whipped around and go a completely different way - just like a tornado.🌪 That is HOMEWRECKER by @deeelizabethc a novel about a girl, Bronwyn, who survives a tornado, but her mother isn’t so lucky. She’s sent to live with her estranged father and his family and adjust to a completely new lifestyle while coping with the news that the tornado didn’t kill her mom - it was murder. What I expected was a YA thriller, but what I received from Bronwyn’s story was so much more and I really enjoyed the ride! Yes, HOMEWRECKER is a thriller. Bronwyn is unsure and puzzled about the murder of her mother, but Deanna Cameron gave us as the readers so many more moments and genres mixed in that it made the book exciting and twisty ride. It’s not just a thriller. It’s a story of a family. It’s a romance. It’s a coming of age story because Brownyn has to figure out where she fits in. While all those things might sound like a jumbled mess in a one sentence- thriller, family drama, romance, coming of age - Cameron weaves them all together so nicely that you can’t help but root for Bronwyn on her journey even when she is making a few unwise decisions along the way. The more I dived into this book, the more I didn’t want to put it down. I really enjoyed it! Deanna Cameron has a wonderful writing style and I definitely would read other books by her in the future as well as recommend HOMEWRECKER to friends. It’s an interesting and thrilling read that will even pull on your heartstrings - definitely check it out! HOMEWRECKER is on sale May 18th. Thank you to @WattpadBooks for the #gifted copy! Content Warning: (listed in book) murder, uncomfortable sexual encounter, suggested drug use, underage drinking;(from my reading) alcoholism, drug addiction, death of parent, issues of parental abandonment

  12. 4 out of 5

    Thindbooks

    *this arc was sent to me by the publisher to give an honest review in return* I enjoyed reading this book. It’s about a girl named Bronwyn who lives with her mom until one day a tornado kills her and has to move in with her dad’s family. Until she realizes her mom didn’t die from the tornado but was murdered. I enjoyed this new story which I felt was unique to add in a natural disaster to the story of a murder. The setting was well done and very imaginable with flowy writing. The pacing was great *this arc was sent to me by the publisher to give an honest review in return* I enjoyed reading this book. It’s about a girl named Bronwyn who lives with her mom until one day a tornado kills her and has to move in with her dad’s family. Until she realizes her mom didn’t die from the tornado but was murdered. I enjoyed this new story which I felt was unique to add in a natural disaster to the story of a murder. The setting was well done and very imaginable with flowy writing. The pacing was great and I enjoyed seeing the different viewpoints of the main character having a wealthy family now vs her old past life with her barely having money for necessities. It was nice to see that viewpoint of current life situations in this book. A problem I had with this book was that the mystery was a little weak as I already guessed who possible killed Bronwyn’s mom.  The main character Bronwyn, goes through a lot in this book. She kind of annoyed me a little at some points but also it was understandable why she was acting the way she was. It was nice to see her develop through out the story by letting her new family into her live. The side characters were also greatly written and I enjoyed knowing about Bronwyn’s new family who were very accepting of her. It was nice to see Bronwyn making friends that help her grow throughout the story. The murderer was greatly written but a little easy to predict in my opinion. There is romance in this book and I thought it was very cute between the couple.  The ending was well done and you can see the huge development from the beginning till the end. I’m a sucker for great developments in a book and it was just nice to see Bronwyn being accepted and cared for. I had little problems with this book though I have to say it was greatly written and a book that I binge read fast because of the writing. I recommend reading this book as I think you, the readers, will enjoy it very much. 

  13. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    When Bronwyn’s mother is late to pick her up from school, she assumes she flaked again. At the same time, a tornado hits down, and Bronwyn eventually finds that her mother is dead. But did she die in the tornado, or from something else? Enter Senator Soliday, Bronwyn’s estranged father, who shows up at the hospital and takes her home with him, to a family she doesn't know. Bronwyn doesn't know what to think and who to trust. She has a lot of anger towards her father for never caring about her, a When Bronwyn’s mother is late to pick her up from school, she assumes she flaked again. At the same time, a tornado hits down, and Bronwyn eventually finds that her mother is dead. But did she die in the tornado, or from something else? Enter Senator Soliday, Bronwyn’s estranged father, who shows up at the hospital and takes her home with him, to a family she doesn't know. Bronwyn doesn't know what to think and who to trust. She has a lot of anger towards her father for never caring about her, and towards her mother for the lifestyle she was subjected to. There's a lot of depth around serious topics in this book, and I think the writing was very engaging. I found the story flowing nicely and the actions of the teens especially was very believable. I did guess the mystery early on, but for a YA book it was still well done. The only negative was that I found it hard to believe that the Solidays would be so accepting of Bronwyn right off the bat. I know Andi had some issues with her, but everyone else was ready with open arms. I just didn't strike me as realistic but maybe there really are families like that. I enjoyed this book every much. Thank you to NetGalley for the advance copy.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kali Thomas

    Homewrecker really surprised me! I went into it cautiously optimistic and was hooked from the first page. Bronwyn feels so real. I felt an instant connection with her. Her mother was an addict who definitely wasn't mother of the year, but she loved her the only way she knew how. When she dies in a tornado, Bronwyn is forced to live with her father, a wealthy man she only met once before. When she finds out her mother was murdered before the tornado hit, she begins to question everything she thou Homewrecker really surprised me! I went into it cautiously optimistic and was hooked from the first page. Bronwyn feels so real. I felt an instant connection with her. Her mother was an addict who definitely wasn't mother of the year, but she loved her the only way she knew how. When she dies in a tornado, Bronwyn is forced to live with her father, a wealthy man she only met once before. When she finds out her mother was murdered before the tornado hit, she begins to question everything she thought she knew about her mother, her friends, her absent father, and herself. The mystery doesn't take long to guess, since there's only two real suspects. That's not what really drew me in, though. It was the drama. Deanna Cameron really seems to have a way with this genre and I can't wait to read what she writes next. Aside from the grammatical/spelling errors that I'm sure will be fixed before publishing, this was close to a 5-star read for me. * ARC provided in exchange for my honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Black

    Hello! I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a review. This book has a lot of twists and turns. Browyn is poor. She has spent all of her life scrounging for food and living in a rundown trailer with her mom. She does have her best friend Indie to help her along the way. Her life changes when a tornado comes and blows her old life away. Browyn doesn’t make very good decisions throughout the book, but she is 16 and used to taking care of herself. As usual in these types of books, nothi Hello! I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a review. This book has a lot of twists and turns. Browyn is poor. She has spent all of her life scrounging for food and living in a rundown trailer with her mom. She does have her best friend Indie to help her along the way. Her life changes when a tornado comes and blows her old life away. Browyn doesn’t make very good decisions throughout the book, but she is 16 and used to taking care of herself. As usual in these types of books, nothing is what it seems. She is a little reckless. She dates a man who is 20 and does crazy things to find her mother’s killer. Her relationship with her siblings does grow which I enjoy. She does make new friends like,Ethan, who is a precious,nerdy boy. I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs a quick read. It is full of twists and turns. I feel like this could be definitely read by a mature YA due to one scene. I rate this: 4 out of 5 stars for plotline 1 out of 5 stars for romance 3 out of 5 stars for creativity

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mallory ★

    Review: Homewrecker by Deanna Cameron When Bronwyn’s mom is late picking her up from school once again, she is disappointed but not surprised. Walking home to another fight with her mom is interrupted by the destruction path of a tornado right through Bronwyn’s trailer park. Bronwyn manages to escape (barely) with minor injuries, but her mom is no where to be found. At the hospital, in need of a guardian to approve her treatment, Bronwyn is forced to contact her estranged father: Senator Soliday Review: Homewrecker by Deanna Cameron When Bronwyn’s mom is late picking her up from school once again, she is disappointed but not surprised. Walking home to another fight with her mom is interrupted by the destruction path of a tornado right through Bronwyn’s trailer park. Bronwyn manages to escape (barely) with minor injuries, but her mom is no where to be found. At the hospital, in need of a guardian to approve her treatment, Bronwyn is forced to contact her estranged father: Senator Soliday. With her mom still missing, her father takes her home to his family who she has never wanted her. Scared and full of rage, Bronwyn is thrust into a life of privilege and the unknown, when she find out her mom is dead. Worse than that, it wasn’t the tornado that killed her. I enjoyed this story! I thought it was very easy to read and fast paced. It definitely had the classic wattpad vibes, in the best way, but more elevated. My favorite part of this story was the relationship Bronwyn has with her family and Ethan. This book was marketed as a murder mystery, but I found all the other aspects of the story to be the best, most gripping parts. In fact, I think it could have even benefitted from not having that plot point. In my opinion, it felt dragged out and somewhat obvious but I still wanted to keep reading solely for the character relationships and dynamics. I thought the friendships and found family narrative was so interesting and I just loved the love interest. I also liked the discussion of having a parent who deals with addiction and I found Bronwyn’s inter conflict with this to be relatable. The climax of this one did feel a little far fetched and unrealistic but I appreciated the conclusion nonetheless. Rating: 3/5 stars *thank you to Edelweiss+ for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review!

  17. 5 out of 5

    fatima

    The book follows Bronwyn after her mother is declared dead when a tornado hits town. Her rich, senator father who seemingly abandoned her and her mother shows up to take her in. I love thrillers and mysteries but they usually feel so one dimensional. None of the characters feel lovable and they all feel like pawns to move the plot along. Not this book. All the characters were so complex and the story was more than just a murder mystery. It was about family, forgiveness and the different economic The book follows Bronwyn after her mother is declared dead when a tornado hits town. Her rich, senator father who seemingly abandoned her and her mother shows up to take her in. I love thrillers and mysteries but they usually feel so one dimensional. None of the characters feel lovable and they all feel like pawns to move the plot along. Not this book. All the characters were so complex and the story was more than just a murder mystery. It was about family, forgiveness and the different economic classes. I cried twice reading this book. The way parental relationships, sibling relationships and romantic relationships are portrayed are so beautiful. The ending was a bit predictable, but I still enjoyed the ride. The author did make me questions everyone twice to make sure they were innocent. I really recommend this book as it’s very well rounded.

  18. 5 out of 5

    John Clark

    Bronwyn might be a teen, but she often feels much older thanks to an absent father and a drug addict mother. She pays the bills, cooks the meals and bails Mom out of jam after jam. All she wants is to graduate and get away. When a tornado smashes through her town, destroying the trailer she and Mom share, it takes her from an old crisis-taking care of her mother, to a new one-being scooped up by her rich dad who's a U.S. senator and being cared for by family. She struggles mightily with her new Bronwyn might be a teen, but she often feels much older thanks to an absent father and a drug addict mother. She pays the bills, cooks the meals and bails Mom out of jam after jam. All she wants is to graduate and get away. When a tornado smashes through her town, destroying the trailer she and Mom share, it takes her from an old crisis-taking care of her mother, to a new one-being scooped up by her rich dad who's a U.S. senator and being cared for by family. She struggles mightily with her new reality, but as she starts to look more closely at the family dynamics now surrounding her, she can't help but wonder whose truth is stronger, the one her mother created for her, or the one surrounding her now. Reading along as she sorts everything out, coupled with the eventual identification of the person who murdered her mother makes for a very satisfying read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I really resonated with this character, as the child of addicts it was easy to lose myself in the character of Bronwyn. While the description of this book gave off thriller/mystery vibes, there's actually very little of that (in fact, the twist that the story builds up to, wasn't al that twisty). The story focuses mainly around Bronwyn adjusting to her new life and getting to know her biological father and his family that she had just become a part of. I feel like a lot of her reactions to situa I really resonated with this character, as the child of addicts it was easy to lose myself in the character of Bronwyn. While the description of this book gave off thriller/mystery vibes, there's actually very little of that (in fact, the twist that the story builds up to, wasn't al that twisty). The story focuses mainly around Bronwyn adjusting to her new life and getting to know her biological father and his family that she had just become a part of. I feel like a lot of her reactions to situations are realistic, but sometimes it was a little confusing. Obviously everyone grieves differently, but I found myself thinking, 'your mother died a week ago, what are you doing?'. The romance was a sweet, slow burn that I enjoyed and wouldn't mind seeing more of. *This eARC was provided by the publisher for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lena

    Thank you to the publisher through NetGalley for providing an advanced copy to review. Homewrecker by Deanna Cameron is an engaging and emotional story about a young girl coming of age and finding family through traumatic events. The story is a great read that doesn't forget its characters motivations as the story progresses. While on the whole a very idealistic story with idealistic characters, set within a tragic event, the story beats and character development flow easily and keep the reader e Thank you to the publisher through NetGalley for providing an advanced copy to review. Homewrecker by Deanna Cameron is an engaging and emotional story about a young girl coming of age and finding family through traumatic events. The story is a great read that doesn't forget its characters motivations as the story progresses. While on the whole a very idealistic story with idealistic characters, set within a tragic event, the story beats and character development flow easily and keep the reader engaged. The change in the teenage protagonist from an embittered and closed off trauma victim was a delight to read and is recommended for all ages.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    Bronwyn hasn't had an easy life- her mom is an addict, they live on the margins, she's only met her bio-dad twice- and then her mother is killed by a tornado. She's processing the grief and trying to cope with moving in with her bio-dad, her stepmother, and step siblings, when she learns her mother was actually murdered. Read this as a novel about a teen trying to reconcile different lifestyles and fold herself into what is essentially a new family. Yes, there's a mystery as to who killed her mo Bronwyn hasn't had an easy life- her mom is an addict, they live on the margins, she's only met her bio-dad twice- and then her mother is killed by a tornado. She's processing the grief and trying to cope with moving in with her bio-dad, her stepmother, and step siblings, when she learns her mother was actually murdered. Read this as a novel about a teen trying to reconcile different lifestyles and fold herself into what is essentially a new family. Yes, there's a mystery as to who killed her mom but canny readers might guess that early on. Give Bronwyn (and her attitudes etc) a break- she needs one. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. Good YA reading.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Miesha (BookedAnBusy)

    From the first few pages, I really felt for Bronwyn. Feeling disappointment from your parent has to be the worst feeling. And Bronwyn did think the worst in her mother. Her mother had a track record of being unreliable, so I understood where she was coming from. It was interesting to follow Bronwyn as she went from living in a run down trailer to being thrown into a wealthy lifestyle with the father she barely knows. Which really annoyed me that he’d have his daughter living in such conditions. From the first few pages, I really felt for Bronwyn. Feeling disappointment from your parent has to be the worst feeling. And Bronwyn did think the worst in her mother. Her mother had a track record of being unreliable, so I understood where she was coming from. It was interesting to follow Bronwyn as she went from living in a run down trailer to being thrown into a wealthy lifestyle with the father she barely knows. Which really annoyed me that he’d have his daughter living in such conditions. I wouldn’t completely call this one a thriller, I felt it was more family drama, with a murder involved. It also touched on manipulative parents, and class differences. Bronwyn was annoying in the beginning, but I leaned towards being on her side as I saw the growth in her character. My issues were that I felt that while the murder was very well written, I felt that it was very predictable. I also could have done without the romance. As a personal preference, I don’t need nor want a romance in my thrillers. Overall, while this was an easy read, it was just okay to me.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    ⭐⭐⭐ The thrilling new mystery by Wattpad's Deanna Cameron, for fans of One of Us is Lying and A Good Girl's Guide to Murder. Bronwyn Larson's life has literally been torn apart. An EF4 tornado ripped through their trailer park and her mom is found dead, miles away after the storm. Suddenly, her estranged senator father is a part of her life, who's been absent since Bronwyn was born as a product of her parents' secretive affair. After living alone with her mother in a trailer for seventeen years, Br ⭐⭐⭐ The thrilling new mystery by Wattpad's Deanna Cameron, for fans of One of Us is Lying and A Good Girl's Guide to Murder. Bronwyn Larson's life has literally been torn apart. An EF4 tornado ripped through their trailer park and her mom is found dead, miles away after the storm. Suddenly, her estranged senator father is a part of her life, who's been absent since Bronwyn was born as a product of her parents' secretive affair. After living alone with her mother in a trailer for seventeen years, Bronwyn now has a stepmother and four new siblings, including an older brother and sister who seem skeptical, if not actually disproving, of Bronwyn living with them. While staying with them in their vacation lake house, Bronwyn is hit with the bombshell that her mother's death is being treated as suspicious, with injuries inconsistent of being killed during the tornado. Bronwyn doesn't know who trust or who to believe about her mother's death. Torn between her life as the daughter of an addict and of a well-respected senator, Bronwyn is forced to navigate through this new unfamiliar life alone, with this gut feeling she has. Could her mother's killer be more familiar than she'd ever imagine? ⭐⭐⭐ I received this Arc from Netgalley for review. I was dying to read this book, because it sounded so interesting. Who wouldn't want to read a story about a Tornado, a murder and a scandal? This book works hard to keep you engaged and invested. The relationships Bronwyn forms are so sweet and heartwarming. If you're a Sarah Dessen fan you'll love this book. I was disappointed in the ending though, i just didnt find it believable. I can't say anything else without spoilers

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marcia

    Branwyn is a misfit. She's the illegitimate daughter of a senator. She's been told her whole life that he and his family want nothing to do with her. When her mother is murdered, she is suddenly thrust into being a member of his family. After being told she was rejected all those years, she has little interest in her father, step-mother, and half-siblings. Besides that, who murdered her mother? And what about the nice neighbor boy next door? This is a good summer read. Branwyn is a misfit. She's the illegitimate daughter of a senator. She's been told her whole life that he and his family want nothing to do with her. When her mother is murdered, she is suddenly thrust into being a member of his family. After being told she was rejected all those years, she has little interest in her father, step-mother, and half-siblings. Besides that, who murdered her mother? And what about the nice neighbor boy next door? This is a good summer read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Felicity Vaughn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I loved this book! My favorite things about it were the horror movie references (this author has excellent taste!) and the character development, particularly from Bronwyn. I wish I could give it a 4.5. I just wish there had been more sweet, romantic moments with her and Ethan. But I get that wasn’t the point of the book…that’s just me being a sap! Overall fun summer read, and I recommend it to any YA fan!

  26. 5 out of 5

    CR

    Although this book says it's a murder mystery its more of a family drama. It does have a murder etc. But the murder part was pretty predictable since there are only two choices. The family drama felt very real and I did enjoy it but I think this one would be better to check out via the library. Although this book says it's a murder mystery its more of a family drama. It does have a murder etc. But the murder part was pretty predictable since there are only two choices. The family drama felt very real and I did enjoy it but I think this one would be better to check out via the library.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Darryn

    Thanks to Edelweiss for a digital copy of this book. Rounded up from 3.5. I absolutely loved What Happened That Night, and while this one was good, it just didn't hook me like What Happened That Night did. There wasn't really anything shocking that happened in this story and as other reviewers have pointed out, it was more of a family drama. Thanks to Edelweiss for a digital copy of this book. Rounded up from 3.5. I absolutely loved What Happened That Night, and while this one was good, it just didn't hook me like What Happened That Night did. There wasn't really anything shocking that happened in this story and as other reviewers have pointed out, it was more of a family drama.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    This book has more drama than suspense. Bronwyn is a brat. Her father, who hasn't been in her life, tries to help her and take care of her after Bronwyn's mom dies. Bronwyn won't let him do that. I received an ARC from the publisher and NetGalley for an honest review. This book has more drama than suspense. Bronwyn is a brat. Her father, who hasn't been in her life, tries to help her and take care of her after Bronwyn's mom dies. Bronwyn won't let him do that. I received an ARC from the publisher and NetGalley for an honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Aria

    I really really enjoyed reading the book. It took a while for me to appreciate Bronwyn's character, but once she received some character development I loved her. All the characters were so thought out and I'm in love with Ethan. The dialogue was fun and witty, but also some heartwarming moments. I really really enjoyed reading the book. It took a while for me to appreciate Bronwyn's character, but once she received some character development I loved her. All the characters were so thought out and I'm in love with Ethan. The dialogue was fun and witty, but also some heartwarming moments.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    Home Wrecker is a bit of a murder mystery, a bit of teen romance and lots of drama. This is a great summer read. Thanks [email protected] books for the free book in return for an honest review.

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