Book Review: In the Blood by Sara Hantz


Title: In the Blood
Sara Hantz
Publisher: Sara Hantz
Published date: 1st Feb 2016
Available edition(s): ebook
ISBN: 9780101453814
Source: Netgalley
Date read: 20th April 2016
Rating: 3/5 stars

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.


For seventeen years Jed Franklin’s life was normal. Then his father was charged with the abuse and murder of four young boys and normal became a nightmare.

His mom’s practically a walking zombie, he’s lost most of his friends, and the press camps out on his lawn. The only things that keep him sane are his little sis; his best friend and dream girl, Summer; and the alcohol he stashes in his room. But after Jed wakes up from a total blackout to discover a local kid has gone missing—a kid he was last seen talking to—he’s forced to face his greatest fear: that he could somehow be responsible. In a life that’s spiraled out of control, Jed must decide if he chooses his own destiny with Summer by his side or if the violent urges that plagued his father are truly in the blood…

I have always love watching and reading crime stories, which is why I love Criminal Minds and Law and Order: SVU so much. That is why, this summary caught my attention. And my curiosity.

Unlike most crime shows I usually watch or books I usually read, this one is different. The main character is the son of the perpetrator. Therefore, throughout this story, we will get to see how he (Jed, the main character) feels, how he deals with being the son of a man who abused and murdered young boys. For me, it was a different experience because usually the narration is usually from the police or investigator.

In my opinion, the book started out okay. But after awhile, I felt like the story was just dragging. I thought a large part of the book would be about finding Dawson, but it wasn’t. In the end, everything was anti-climatic. Most of the book is just about Jed’s worries that he’ll end up like his father.

Other than that, the characters in this book just doesn’t stand out to me. I didn’t feel anything towards them. I can’t relate to any of them. For example, Jed, I don’t like him, but I don’t dislike him either. He’s responsible when it comes to his sister, so I like that. But still, my feelings towards him are neutral. The same thing for Summer. I think the only one I have a more than neutral feelings towards is Foster, and that is because I DISLIKE him. He is a douchebag.

In conclusion, this book is not what I expected. It wasn’t bad, but I think it could be better. Having an insight into the head of a family member of a perpetrator is a new experience, and I liked that. I think Sara Hantz did a great job at writing Jed’s emotional turmoil. I would recommend this book to people who likes psychological stuff. If you’re reading this because you like crime stories, then you will probably be disappointed.

I give this book three out of five stars.


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