Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga
I’m pretty sure Barry Lyga can stick a knife in your spinal cord and paralyze you with how awesome he is. (For those of you who have read Blood of My Blood, wink wink).
Publisher’s Description: Jazz Dent has never been closer to catching his father.
Jazz has been shot and left to die in New York. His girlfriend, Connie, is in the clutches of Jazz’s monstrous father, Billy–the world’s most notorious serial killer. And his best friend, Howie, is bleeding to death on the floor of Jazz’s new home.
Somehow, these three must rise above the horrors 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?”
From New York City to the small town of Lobo’s Nod, the chase is on, and this time, Jazz is the hunted, not the hunter–while Billy Dent lurks in the shadows.
And beyond Billy? Something much, much worse. Prepare to meet…the Crow King.
From acclaimed author Barry Lyga comes the shocking conclusion to the bestselling I Hunt Killer trilogy.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Kat Mandu says…
If you could take all the bravery, all the cocky, all the sanity from Jazz, Howie, and Connie, Lyga just did it. In Blood of My Blood, Jazz has been shot, saved by the person you’d least expect, is now accused of murdering an FBI agent and finds himself on the run – and on the hunt for his father. Connie has found herself face to face with Billy himself and a stranger she thinks also needs rescuing.
Both manage to get out of trouble but find themselves in worse situations. Jazz has to get himself back home, back where he knows Billy lurks – and possibly his mother. Connie and Howie have to help from the sidelines, eliminating bad guys from the roster even as their parents and law enforcement crack down on them for helping. Even as Jazz turns numb in his pursuit of revenge.
Emotionally-gripping, packed with action, and stunning from beginning to end. This has scenes where Jazz impersonates a cop, manages to elude the furious NYPD detective Hughes, and has to figure out if he’s truly his father’s son. There are sad parts, ones where Connie and Jazz are on the brink of ending their relationship, and happy ones, as Jazz comes to terms with who he really is. Startling revelations come to light and bonds are broken forever.
The gang’s all back to celebrate the ending too – G William plays another important role and so does Jazz’s long lost mother, his mysterious aunt, and Hughes. It’s such a great book. Amazing series. It took me a week or two to even compose a review for this, I was so mind blown. Naturally, I’m giving it a five.
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