There is absolutely no sophomore slump going on here. Dare I say I loved RazorBlade Tears even more than Blacktop Wasteland!
Title: RazorBlade Tears
Author: S. A. Cosby
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Thank you Flatiron books for the #gifted finished copy and early digital @netgalley copy. Blacktop Wasteland was one of my favorite reads last summer, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read and review RazorBlade Tears.
“Tears ran from his eyes and stung his cheeks. Tears for his son. Tears for his wife. Tears for the little girl they had to raise. Tears for who they were and what they lost. Each drop felt like it was slicing his face open like a razorblades.”
The beginning ofRazorBlade Tears will tear at your heartstrings, but that won’t be the end of it. The author doesn’t hold back any punches and weaves a story filled with strong themes of bigotry and homophobia. This book is so mysterious and thrilling and will have you flipping the pages and on the edge of your seat one minute, laughing at Buddy Lee the next, and then just downright angry at the way the world sometimes. This book feels frighteningly realistic at times.
Ike Randolph has been out of prison for fifteen years, but has a Black man he’s come to be afraid of the cops. When they come knocking at his door the last thing he expects is to be told his son Isiah and his white husband Derek have been murdered. Ike never really fully excepted his son’s lifestyle and now it’s too late.
Derek’s father, Buddy Lee, was ashamed at him for being gay. Derek was ashamed of his father’s criminal record. They didn’t have the best relationship, but Buddy Lee still wants to know who killed his son.
When the case runs cold for the police, the two ex-cons band together in their desperate desire for revenge. Was this a hate crime? Or something more?
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️”It’s about letting people be who they are. And being who you are shouldn’t be a goddamn death sentence.” ⬅️ This sentence was everything for me. In this book Ike and Buddy Lee fumbled around with their feelings and guilt but really learned and figured things out.
RazorBlade Tears will be released on July 6th and I highly recommend this one!