Razorblade Tears #BookReview

S. A. Cosby | July 2021 | 336 pp

Loved it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Long story: I might be in live with this author. At the very least he’s in my top five and his releases will definitely be tagged for purchases prior to release. This is my third book with him and he consistently challenges and entertains me with his characters and storytelling.

This entry tells the rollercoaster of a story about unlikely companions, Ike, a black man, and Buddy Lee, a white man, from rural Virginia. The two men meet, at the funeral of their recently brutally murdered sons, an interracial couple with a baby girl. Because of the couples racial mix, economic status, and/or sexual orientation 🤷🏾‍♀️, police are slow to respond to the murder and as Buddy and Ike work through their grief and prejudices, they bond over their desire to get revenge for their sons.

Pros: All the characters are multi-layered and often make decisions and/ or reveal things about themselves that will keep you vacillating between love, outrage and sadness. The fathers loved their sons from birth but spent a life rejecting their choices and therefore missed important moments they’ve grown to regret after their death. Regret drives them together, at first tentatively, but chasing the truth leads them to share some experiences that pull them together.

Cons: Neither man would be described as politically correct or culturally sensitive in this modern world. Be prepared to read some foolishness, though I didn’t find it gratuitous or any more triggering than what you would probably read from a troll in your social media comments: racial bias and discrimination, homophobia, misogyny, police brutality, abuse..etc.

This story is GriT-TEA! And I loved every minute of it. I liked Ike and Buddy and found them to be typical of men born and raised during a particular time in the rural south. Some may describe this as ‘toxic’ masculinity, and maybe initially, this could be true. But both men grow in respect for one another and their children.

The heart of the story is a crime drama with the little guys going after the ‘big syndicate’. Its lots of action, violence, urgency, double cross plot, and crazy characters leading up to an over the top supernatural ending. All Hail Cosby. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💯

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