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Wish Me Dead [Kindle Edition]

Helen Grant
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Book Description

The funny thing is I never even meant the first one.

Now I bitterly regret visiting the cursed witch's house, deep in the middle of the forest. It's where I made my wishes.

I wished Klara Klein dead.

It came true.

I wished for the most gorgeous boy in town to finally notice me.

It came true.

I wished to be rid of the poisonous busybody who destroyed my family.

It came true.

I didn't mean for this to happen. Not me, Steffi Nett, the shy one who never says anything. But as the body count increases with every wish I make . . .

Who else could it be?

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Praise for Helen Grant's other novels: For something so chilling, it's terrific entertainment. (The Sunday Times)

Praise for Helen Grant's other novels: Remarkable. (The Guardian)

A writer to watch. (The Daily Mail)

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1920 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0141337702
  • Publisher: Penguin (2 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050N7GX6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #386,836 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Helen Grant was born in London. She read Classics at St.Hugh's College, Oxford, and then worked in Marketing for ten years in order to fund her love of travelling. 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. She then moved to Brussels for three years, and now lives in Scotland with her husband, two children and two cats.

Helen's first novel, "The Vanishing of Katharina Linden", was shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize and the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2010. It has also won an ALA Alex Award in the United States. Her second novel, "The Glass Demon", was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2011 and shortlisted for the Leeds Book Awards and the ITW Awards 2012. Helen's third novel, "Wish Me Dead" was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2012 and shortlisted for the Worcestershire Teen Book Award.

Helen's 4th book, Silent Saturday, was published in April 2013 and is the first book in her Forbidden Spaces trilogy.

Visit Helen's website and read her blog at:

You can also follow Helen on Twitter at @helengrantsays or see book trailers and location videos on her YouTube channel at

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy mystery with perhaps a supernatural twist 29 Jun. 2011
Wish Me Dead is Helen Grant's third novel and once again, she brings us another thrilling mystery with perhaps a supernatural twist. In it she returns to the location of her first novel The Vanishing of Katharina Linden: Bad Münstereifel. As I haven't read said title yet - it's on the TBR-pile - I can't say for sure whether there are any connections between the two books, though there is talk of a spate of murders in the past. The atmosphere of Bad Münstereiffel is perfect. Like the perfect little towns you see on TV during the Tour de France and other European cycling races, Bad Münstereiffel looks completely quaint and picturesque, but is just as small to live in as such towns look. And while such close-knit communities are often a good thing, they can be insidious, because everyone knows each other and they are often rife with small-mindedness and gossip. This latter side is what is showcased in Wish Me Dead to good effect, with devastating consequences, not just in the book's present, but also in its past.

The novel is peopled by an interesting set of characters. Not all of them are as well-developed as our central characters, but they are there for a reason and none of them feel like caricatures, except perhaps Frau Kessel, the town busybody. She reminded me of nothing as much as Mrs Crumplebottom from The Sims 2. She was this pruny old lady, who hung around town snooping and giving anyone who was getting too amorous a slap with her purse! Though Frau Kessel did much worse than just slap some people, she is the ultimate malign gossip. Steffi is part of a strange circle of friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've read in a while! 9 May 2012
When I read the back of the book, I really wasn't expecting anything special. All these books are the same, right? Wrong! This was something else. For a change it isn't set in America, where all these kind of YA novels are set, and I liked the little German words here and there. The setting gives it a creepy feel from the start (especially as the place is called Bad) and as you delve deeper and deeper into the story you become more enthralled by the whole plot. It doesn't always fit together (Julius just appeared?) but the thing that did it for me was the constant guessing of the "witch", which changed at least 5 times during the book. The ending was totally unexpected but was definately explainable when you thought about it. All I can say is read this book, and very well done to Helen Grant, going to buy her other titles now :)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE
Steffi, her boyfriend Timo and friends, Max, Izabela, Jocken and Hanna live in the quiet German town of Bad Münstereifel. Painfully shy, Steffi is resigned to having to work in the family bakery, even though she really wants to be a singer. When Max suggests spending Walpurgis night at the abandoned house of Rote Gerd (a legendary witch who was burned alive centuries earlier by villagers who suspected her of kidnapping local children) to try and raise her ghost, Steffi reluctantly goes along.

There they find a box filled with wishes made to the witch. Steffi's persuaded to write one wishing for the death of Kara Klein (an elderly German folk singer and local celebrity). When Kara subsequently dies they decide to repeat the experiment - this time with all of them making their own wishes. Steffi wishes for 500 and again, it comes true. In fact, every wish she makes, comes true. But when the wishes take a sinister turn and more deaths strike close to Steffi's family, she begins to question whether it's right to be given everything she wants - and whether she really wants what she's asking for.

Helen Grant's third novel is a thriller with supernatural overtones and the message that you should be careful what you wish for.

Steffi is a well-drawn character and has a strong first person voice that conveys her confusion and dilemma at having her wishes come true. Because she's so shy, it's difficult to empathise with her at times, particularly her passivity at the developing relationship between Timo and Izabela. However she does grow as the story progresses and the open ending reflects the choices available to her, which I liked.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling 11 Jun. 2012
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This book got off to a slow start, but I ended up staying up much later than I should have to finish it! A truly memorable book - the person who'd been granting Steffi's wishes was not who I'd expected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff! 15 Sept. 2011
By Jan
I wasn't too keen on Helen Grant's "The Vanishing of Katharina Linden", so I did not have high hopes of this one. However I really enjoyed it!

I liked the central character, Steffi, and understood her feelings at finding herself trapped in this small town doing a job she had no real wish to do. She just doesn't see a way out of this life. The future looks dull but if she leaves the town and the bakery it would hurt her parents a lot and they suffered enough when Steffi's older sister left.

Her friends suggest a lark one evening and, as a result, it begins to look as if Steffi's wishes really can come true. Somehow this is not such a wonderful thing after all, as people die and even the wished-for date with the town's pin-up boy turns into a nightmare.

I started to suspect the outcome and I was right, but the ending still had some surprises waiting. I thought this was a very well constructed story, there were enough clues along the way to keep my interest, and there was a really exciting end. The very end of the story sees Steffi planning her own future rather than the future other people have mapped out for her and that is a very good thing indeed.
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