Book Review: Razorblade Tears

07.06.2021 | Flatiron Books
Rating: 5/5 stars


A Black father. A white father. Two murdered sons. A quest for justice.

Ike Randolph has been out of jail for fifteen years, with not as much as a speeding ticket in all that time. When the cops show up at his door the last thing he expects to hear is that his son Isiah has been murdered, along with Isiah’s white husband, Derek. Ike had never fully accepted his son, but that doesn’t stop him from being devastated by his loss. Derek’s father Buddy Lee was almost as ashamed of Derek for being gay as Derek was ashamed his father was a criminal. Ike and Buddy Lee, two ex-cons with little else in common other than a criminal past and a love for their dead sons, band together in their desperate desire for revenge. 

Last year I couldn’t stop telling the world to read BLACKTOP WASTELAND, which easily blew me away to earn favorite read of 2020 status. I’m always a little nervous to pick up the next book an author puts out when the first one I read blows me away so much. It’s safe to say I’ll never doubt that S.A. Cosby is going to deliver a fantastic read. RAZORBLADE TEARS is a story of revenge and family relationships written in a way that feels cinematic. The entire story is so vivid that when you’re reading the book you can’t help but feel fully immersed in the emotions and chaos surrounding Ike and Buddy Lee. Our main characters come to life before our eyes with genuine and realistic reactions that might leave you shaking your head and saying don’t do that, but you won’t be able to look away. RAZORBLADE TEARS is gritty and violent, but within all of that darkness is an emotional quality that will live in your heart well past turning the last page.

This book is available to buy from: Amazon | Book Depository

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