I received a complimentary audiobook copy of RAZORBLADE TEARS by S.A. Cosby thanks to Macmillan Audio and Netgalley.
Rating: 4.5 / 5
RAZORBLADE TEARS begins with the funeral of two young men, Isaiah and Derek, who have been brutally murdered because they were gay, because they were a mixed race couple, or likely both. Their fathers Ike and Buddy Lee come together because they want answers and don’t trust the police to solve the crime.
Ike has kept his anger and violence in check since he got out of jail 15 years earlier, but the senseless violence that claimed his son has flared it back up. Buddy Lee has a criminal past as well, just one of the points of contention causing distance between him and his son, and he has the contacts needed to help the men start to seek out answers. Together they learn a lot about themselves and their guilt over their failure to fully accept their sons.
This story sucked me in right away and held on! Both Ike and Buddy Lee are very compelling characters. Neither of them had acceptance of their sons’ being gay while their sons were alive and the grief over this failure eats at both of them now that their sons are gone. They can’t fix that now, but they can seek out the people who killed them and find revenge. Along the way they learn a lot about each other and about the children that they lost.
This book does not pull many punches and there are major trigger warnings for violence and body horror. Still, that all did make sense in the frame of their rage at themselves and at the people who had so much hatred that they would murder two young men.
I did a bit of reading in print, but mostly read this one on audio. I thought the narrator did a fantastic job, so I would absolutely recommend that medium!