Review

Review: Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga

Genre: Contemporary  Age Level: Young Adult Series: Jasper Dent #3
Genre: Mystery. Thriller
Age Level: Young Adult
Series: Jasper Dent #3

Jazz Dent has been shot and left to die in New York City. His girlfriend Connie is in the clutches of Jazz’s serial killer father, Billy. And his best friend Howie is bleeding to death on the floor of Jazz’s own home in tiny Lobo’s Nod. Somehow, these three must rise above the horrors their lives have become and find a way to come together in pursuit of Billy. But then Jazz crosses a line he’s never crossed before, and soon the entire country is wondering: “Like father, like son?” Who is the true monster?
The chase is on, and beyond Billy there lurks something much, much worse. Prepare to meet…the Crow King.

4/5

Blood of My Blood is impossible to put down. I read it before, during and after school; any free time I had was swallowed up with the desperate need to be engrossed in the story.  All this while I was sick and struggling to focus on just about anything else. So yeah, Blood of My Blood is a definite page turner.

In a lot of ways, this book is a combination of the two previous ones. It takes the psychological aspect of the first book and pairs it with the crazy serial killer mystery plot of the second. So where the overdone emotional plot annoyed me in book one, and the police work bordered on unbelievable in book two, Blood of My Blood has the balance the other two needed. However, what made I Hunt Killers special was Jazz, what made Game special was the game; but apart from the insane ending, what made Blood of My Blood special? Nothing.

I finally appreciated Howie and Connie because for the first time it didn’t feel that they were there to offset Jazz’s character or to forward the plot. They are finally characters of their own. I loved reading about Jazz embracing his darker side and finally learning how to use it to his advantage rather than be scared of it. There is a lot of juicy psychological stuff that goes on about nature versus nurture, and the line between good and evil.

Blood of My Blood continues to delve into the warped minds of sociopaths and shows you just how insane they really are. The entirety of the plot consists of Jazz doing whatever it takes to find answers and because of the simplicity, the book was able to delve into many subplots without being confusing. The ending is all kinds of crazy with twists, insane revelations and intense action. It is the culmination of everything that has been hinted at from the beginning of book one. It comes to a decent conclusion, with an epilogue that was actually necessary, with comments about human nature. I’m still scared of Jazz though.

This trilogy is definitely worth a read if you’re into serial killer psychological thrillers.

Have you read this book? What did you think? I’d love to hear from you!

 

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