“I taught you everything you know, but not everything I know.” // Review of “Blood of My Blood” by Barry Lyga

Title: Blood of My Blood (Jasper Dent #3)
Author: Barry Lyga
Genre: YA/Psychological thriller
Date Read: 09/07/2016 – 10/07/2016
Rating: ★★★


Hmm. Well, that was a bit disappointing. After such a strong series opener and a really good follow-up, I felt that this book was a bit of a mess. Maybe it’s just that I’m terrible at keeping track of details, but there seemed to be so much going on, and so many POVs, that I ended up lost. It’s never a good sign when you’re glancing down at the page numbers to see how many you’ve got to go, but that started happening with this book.

Jazz is on the run in New York City, suspected of at least two murders and a myriad of other crimes. Meanwhile, Connie and Howie are also both in danger, but both of them realise they will still do whatever it takes to protect Jazz. Eventually, everything converges on Lobo’s Nod again, where a final showdown is about to commence.

This book made a return to the first book’s tendency to focus on Jazz’s angst regarding his upbringing, and whether he might be a serial killer in waiting. While it’s completely logical that Jazz would wonder this, even obsess over it, it gets repetitive for the reader, especially when these thought processes have no evolution or resolution and don’t lead anywhere. Not only this, we also had Connie and Howie going through similar periods of angst. And it took a long time to get to a point in the book where these characters were doing constructive things, rather than just lying in hospital  or in Jazz’s case, road-tripping home.

On top of this, we had scenes from the POV of not only Jazz but Connie, Howie, Detective Hughes of the NYPD, Sherrif Tanner, and a couple of serial killers at times. It felt very busy, maybe even an attempt to make it appear more was going on than what actually was. On top of this was the strange backstory to Billy Dent’s career, and his position within an established serial killer pecking order. It didn’t make a huge amount of sense to me, and it didn’t help that by this point in the series, Billy Dent was starting to become something of a comical villain, rather than the chilling voice in Jazz’s head he started out as.

While I have read series closers that were more disappointing than this one (coughTheRavenKingcough), there is still that “…heh” feeling at the end. Despite that, though, I still recommend this series if you have the stomach for it. Even if this final novel isn’t quite as good, you are still in for a good ride!

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