#BookBeginnings Razorblade Tears


I’ve been hearing a lot of praise for S. A. Cosby’s Razorblade Tears, so I thought I’d share it for Book Beginnings on Fridays.

Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!



Razorblade Tears*by S.A. Cosby

(*Amazon Affiliate link- As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.)

Summary:  When someone murders Isiah Randolph and his husband Derek Lee, their fathers Ike and Buddy join forces to find out who killed them. Both ex-cons, Ike and Buddy must overcome their prejudices about not only their sons, but also each other in a quest for revenge and possibly redemption.

First Sentence:

Ike tried to remember a time when men with badges coming to his door early in the morning brought anything other than heartache and misery, but try as he might, nothing came to mind.


Wow, that first paragraph grabbed me and I couldn’t stop reading until I got to the bottom of the page.

I’ve been holding off reading this book because it contains violence, perhaps more violence than my normal reading comfort zone. I wasn’t the only one with concerns. There’s a question on GoodReads, about the level of violence, too.  Everyone says yes, there’s graphic violence, but thus far the consensus is that it’s a good book anyway. I’m beginning to see what they mean after only reading the first page.


The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice. The premise is simple. Turn to page 56 in the book and pick a quote.


Essential Events Bakery was housed in a cavernous building with high ceilings and multiple skylights tinted a light green…Ike could taste sugar in the air and smell bread baking.

Cosby sneaks some beautiful writing in between the action scenes.

Maybe I will concentrate on those and skim the gory bits

What do you think?  Have you ever skimmed the gory parts of a novel that you liked otherwise?


  1. Mark

    I feel like that opening is pretty universal. Cops coming to your house early in the morning is never a good thing no matter who you are.

  2. Cindy Davis

    I try to avoid books that have graphic violence since I am a sensitive reader. It’s impossible to avoid it all and if it is in a book I am reading, I do try to skim or avoid things that are disturbing. Have a great weekend.

  3. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I like the descriptive excerpts. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  4. Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog

    Sounds interesting. I like the Friday 56 quote. I’m a fan of smells being described!

    Have a great weekend!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog
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    • Roberta

      I also enjoy it when authors use more senses than just sight and sound.

  5. Freda Mans-Labianca

    I want to read this one! Happy weekend!

  6. Ashley S.

    Great snippets! Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

  7. Yvonne @ Socrates Book Reviews

    The excerpts sound really good. I do try to avoid gory parts in books.

    Have a great weekend!

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