Barbed Wire Heart by Tess Sharpe

Barbed Wire Heart

Never cut the drugs--leave them pure.Guns are meant to be shot--keep them loaded.Family is everything--betray them and die.Harley McKenna is the only child of North County's biggest criminal. Duke McKenna's run more guns, cooked more meth, and killed more men than anyone around. Harley's been working for him since she was sixteen--collecting debts, sweet-talking her way out of trouble, and dreading the day he'd deem her ready to rule the rural dr...

Details Barbed Wire Heart

TitleBarbed Wire Heart
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller

Reviews Barbed Wire Heart

  • Paromjit
    "Never cut the drugs--leave them pure. Guns are meant to be shot--keep them loaded. Family is everything--betray them and die."This is a brutal and violent family drama set in the mountains and forests of poverty stricken North County. This is redneck country, where men who rape and abuse women are easily forgiven, after all, women are to blame for being such a terrible temptation. Harley McKenna is 22, and the only daughter of the feared Duke, c...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    Tess Sharpe is a new name for me since I don't read much YA nowadays. However, I might have to check out her other books because this her first novel for adults blow my mind. I can honestly say that I was both surprised and delighted on how good the book is. Now, I felt right from the start, reading the first chapter that this felt right, it caught my attention and I was sucked into Harley's world. A friend on twitter called this rural noir and t...
  • Chelsea
    One of the few recent arcs I’m glad to have taken a chance on! I knew as soon as I heard the pitch ‘feminist Breaking Bad’ that I had to have this book, and I ended up actually enjoying it a lot despite some minor qualms.The novel follows 25 year old Harley, daughter of Duke McKenna, the infamous crime boss of her home, North County. The novel recounts Harley’s unconventional childhood as well as attempts to stop an impending turf war wit...
  • Re8ecca
    I read an early manuscript and absolutely loved it. Could not put it down. A feminist Sons of Anarchy - tense, violent and real. But what really carries the book is the relationships. Love in a myriad of forms, some unexpected, some unforgivable. Difficult choices between the future and the past. Highly recommend.
  • Yvonne (It's All About Books)
    Finished reading: February 26th 2018 "Sometimes you've got to save people from themselves. Even if they don't want it or know it." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[As much as I love the mystery/thriller genre, plots can start sounding similar after reading one too many of them. This is probably part of the reason why I ende...
  • Ashley Blake
    Damn. If you need some hardcore feminist rage in action--and who doesn't?--this book is GOLD.
  • Ava
    PSA: Tess Sharpe's Adult novel BARBED WIRE HEART is a masterfully crafted feminist brutal tale about love and family and the lengths you're willing to go to for those you love. It's dark and bloody and horrifying, but it's real. If you loved her masterpiece FAR FROM YOU and read Adult, consider checking this one out. It's damn good. Note: There are extensive trigger warnings needed for this book. On Sharpe's twitter she links to a page with all o...
  • Kara
    I read almost half of this and I am calling it quits. I absolutely loved this author's YA debut, Far From You. But this book was a big hot mess and not for me at all. Everything felt forced. The violence, the drama, the abuse, the explosions and stabbings all felt put there just for the sake of having it in there. In my opinion it went too far. Look, I read a book about a drug lord carving his initials into the love interest's back, so I can hand...
  • charlotte
    Galley provided by publisherBarbed Wire Heart is the story of Harper McKenna, the daughter of the most powerful criminal in North County. Her father's biggest rival, Carl Springfield, is starting to make moves against them, specifically with an eye on Harper herself, and if she wants to avoid a bloody and violent turf war, she must stop him at any cost.I don't know many authors better than Tess Sharpe at writing compelling mystery thrillers. Ther...
  • Brittani
    I am obsessed with this book. Once I started it I couldn't put it down and after I finished it, I kept thinking about it. I think this was pitched as "feminist Breaking Bad" and I see that, but it reminded me so, so much of Justified. So if you like Justified or Breaking Bad or just, you know, damn good books, I HIGHLY recommend this one. It was intense and dark and real. Harley is an incredible main character and I loved her from page one. She h...
  • MollyK
    Advanced reading copy won through Goodreads giveaways.So normally when I think of California I think of Real Housewives, so this book was total culture shock for me. When I first started reading the book, the setting was so reminiscent of Appalachia that I had to Google Northen Calafornia. That's a mark of a great book for me. When you get a chance to learn along with getting all the feels.The story is from the point of view of Harley and weaves ...
  • Amy
    BARBED WIRE HEART is the feminist thriller I didn't know I'd been waiting for. I read it in two days because I couldn't put it down. Propulsive & gritty, Harley McKenna's world of North County will take your breath away. & Harley herself is a badass, often conflicted, but tremendous protagonist – the action will keep you flipping pages, but Harley will have you reading carefully (& re-reading!)
  • Shiku
    Die deutsche Rezension findet ihr auf meinem Blog._____________________________Content NotesThe author herself wrote quite extensive ones. Please do have a look.The BookImagine you are eight years old. Imagine you see your father bringing a man into a shed. Imagine watching your father kill that man. This is how Tess Sharpe starts our journey with Harley, protagonist of her newest novel, "Barbed Wire Heart". I probably don't have to tell you how ...
  • Rowan Bradley
    Another bad ass heroine from Tess Sharpe!I won a copy from a Goodreads giveaway, thank you
  • Moxxi
    Sometimes I think I understand, and then something happens, like today, and I realize I've just scraped the surface. Of the evil in the world. Of the good. Of the strength in every woman.Score - 93%I received a free uncorrected copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This novel is a ride and a half. I'm gonna make a few things clear. I don't like mystery or thriller novels. I think they're dull, or annoying, or bori...
  • michelle (magicalreads)
    4.25 stars
  • Sara
    Thanks to Grand Central Publishing for the ARC. Couldn’t put this down, read it in one day. Some of the most compelling characters I’ve met in a long time!!!
  • Sarah Canfield
    For fans of Gillian Flynn and Tara French, Tess Sharpe has written an incredible story of a young woman forging her own path in a world normally dominated by men. Her father is the King of North County where he runs drugs and guns and protection and Harley has been a part of his business since she turned 16. Now, at 23, she comes to a turning point and reforms how the county will work in the future. Throw in a hotel she owns where battered women ...
  • viktoria
    tl;dr review: My feelings towards this are as ambiguous as Harley's morale code: technically a bit a dubious by normal standards, but leaning towards good? My English major side loved it; my reader side feels ambivalent. I do think the feminist Walter White/Breaking Bad comparison is legit enough.P.S. There was a lot of hype or speculation about the Harley being bi and bi representation, and Harley is not, just to warn anyone who might've been ex...
  • Torrey Grennan
    I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway.This is a dark and gritty thriller told from a woman's perspective. Instead of a world of black and white we enter a world of varying shades of grey. The story follows Harley, the daughter of the criminal king of a Norther California backwoods county, as she strives to create her own life. The author does a good job of interspersing snippets from Harley's past to better explain her current day act...
  • Mary Urban
    If Walter White had a badass daughter with a moral compass, if True Grit were set in modern-day rural California, if Elmore Leonard met Winter's Bone, you'd have this gritty gem of a thriller packed with solid moral and emotional conflicts.
  • Meredith B
    4 Stars!This book was very different from what I normally read. I was a little nervous going into it as I thought maybe I wouldn't like it but as you can see from my rating I really enjoyed it!We meet Duke and Harley. They are an unstoppable Father/Daughter Duo and they are tough as nails. They are the McKennas and if you live in the area you know that the Mckennas run this town. This book definitely tackles some hard subjects however if you real...
  • V
    So I didn't love it quite as much as I loved Far From You but to be fair I loved FFY a heck of a lot.This book is gloriously rageful and I'm excited for it to be out in the world. A book for our times.