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Razorblade Tears, by S.A. Cosby

karlamcclatchey's review against another edition

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4.0

Two dead sons, a young daughter orphaned, two ex criminal fathers: one black and one white, searching for answers and justice. Initially the two fathers Buddy Lee and Ike seem to have little in common other than the murder of their sons and a criminal past, but their desire to avenge their sons brings them together; their wish to overcome their homophobia and accept their sons and the love they shared, and bring up their daughter without prejudice gives them a shared goal. Overall, this is a powerful story about love, relationships, and family. Such a shame that the catalyst allowing them to fully embrace their sons was their murder. Thay old adage- we never really appreciate what we have until it is gone. The audiobook version provided maximum impact.

bookmarksandcaffeine's review

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dark tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

This is a gruesome, horrific and action packed book about racism and homophobia. Buddy and Ike form an unlikely alliance to avenge (revenge?) the deaths of their sons. Lots of trigger warnings and some blatant stereotypes but I personally think the stereotype are part of what makes this book work. I don’t usually gasp out load while reading but several times I balked at what I was reading. Again, gruesome but WORTH IT. 

rwetta's review

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dark emotional tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

elljag's review

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challenging dark emotional hopeful mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

mynameisacolour's review

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dark emotional fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

There was a whole lotta ass kickin happening in this book. Good message. 

haleighlovesbooks's review

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dark emotional sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

kamcburns's review

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challenging dark emotional fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

randyrasa's review against another edition

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5.0

A fast-paced mystery/thriller that packs a tremendous emotional wallop. The first two chapters hit me really hard, and it didn't let up much from there. LGBT rep is strong, as are the themes of regret, redemption, racism, revenge, and found family. Simply one of the best books I've read in 2021.

nadian99's review against another edition

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3.0

داستان در مورد پدرهای یک زوجه که بعد از به قتل رسیدن فرزندانشون،برای انتقام و تا حد زیادی عذرخواهی و بخشوده شدن برای تمام سالهایی که همجنسگرا بودن فرزندانشون رو نپذیرفتن،به دنبال قاتلان پسرهاشون میافتن
رابطه‌ی بامزه‌ای بین این دو نفر شکل می‌گیره و همزمان داستان غم و خشونت زیادی رو به تصویر می‌کشه
به نظرم دلیلی که خیلی ازش لذت نبردم تلاش بیش از حدش برای جا دادن اینهمه موضوع توی کمتر از ۴۰۰ صفحه بود

torireadsnz's review

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challenging dark tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.5