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
GenreFiction, Mystery, Thriller, Adult, Favorites

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...
  • Eric
    Though it is early yet, sometimes there are novels that surprise me when it comes to the lack of public attention and those that seem to receive more than the novel deserve. Barbed Wire Heart by Tess Sharpe is one of the novels that surprise me when it comes to the lack of publicity and attention. Though it may be a bit too early since the novel was just released earlier this month, to this reader, Barbed Wire Heart is the type of novel that shou...
  • Brooke
    4 riveting starsBoy was this intense! This was my first Tess Sharpe novel & it certainly won't be my last. From beginning to end, Harley demanded my attention. She is strong, stubbornly determined, brazen, & most of all, she is a complexly flawed human being. There were times I could understand her logic; occasionally I shook my head & could only buckle myself up for the ride. One thing's for sure: Harley is a women on a mission & you do not want...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Elizabeth May
    The feminist Breaking Bad we all needed.
  • Ashley Blake
    Damn. If you need some hardcore feminist rage in action--and who doesn't?--this book is GOLD.
  • Perish
    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...
  • 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...
  • Chelsea
    3.5 stars. Barbed Wire Heart is an entertaining and dark thriller, but overall, I thought it was just okay. I love what Tess Sharpe attempted to do, but it didn’t pack as much as a punch as Far From You did.Read my full review on my blog!
  • 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...
  • Jessie (Ageless Pages Reviews)
    A brash and dark story that doesn’t skimp on violence and dark emotions. Harley is a one-woman assault team and reckons with her past in order to carve out her future.
  • Traci
    This novel made me question the way I define "good people" . I don't know that the main charachter, Harley, could be described as typically good. Tess Sharpe brings to life a world that I know nothing about. Her protagonist, Harley is a strong intelligent woman raised by the leader of a major meth ring. Through the use of alternating past and present chapters the reader gains more insite into Harleys motives than than they do into most characters...
  • 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!)
  • lacy [a ravenclaw library]
    A super special thank you goes out to Tess Sharpe for sending me a physical arc copy of this book. I'm sorry it's so late and you are so amazing! All thoughts and opinions are my own! Any quotes used come from an arc and may not be in the final click on this link to be taken to a list of trigger warnings that Tess has so kindly offered on her tumblr. Can I just say that this is an awesome idea? More authors need to do this! Tess Sharp...
  • 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 ...
  • Dayna Long
    This is the kind of fiction that made me love to read. Good, immersive story about a strong, smart woman living a life totally different from my own. The protagonist, Harley, is the heir to a criminal empire, beginning to take her seat on the throne. Full of twists (perhaps one too many), there were times when I found myself thinking it had gone too far and was now too unbelievable, but I reminded myself that we see unbelievable stories in which ...
  • Alex Carbo
    A feminist, grit-lit adult debut for Tess Sharpe who tackles important subjects and shouts a message that men better listen to : Women are stronger than men. They are smarter, stronger, and they will come at you, find your most vulnerable part and exploit it and have the better of you. If you mess with them, that is.Never fuck with a McKenna Girl because McKennas always win.
  • Rowan Bradley
    Edit: I'm over my airport brain so I will review this a little more thoroughly. I enjoyed this a lot. Harley was tough but still vulnerable and I really liked reading about her. I didn't enjoy it as much as Far From You but I didn't relate to it as much either which makes sense because my family is not in the meth business. I liked the character a lot. She felt realistic in a story that could have easily made her a Mary Jane. I really liked how h...
  • 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!!!