February 15, 2009

Review: Blood and Bone by William Lashner

When Kyle Byrne was 12-years old he lost his father. Now as a young adult Kyle has lost both parents and he’s found himself drifting through life with no ambition and no prospects for his future. On the day he is fired from his job for not showing up he finds out that his father’s former law partner has been murdered. After the funeral he’s approached by someone claiming to need a file that his father my have left with Kyle and his mother. Suddenly Kyle has a goal; to find out the truth about his father’s death and to figure out why everyone is suddenly looking very hard to find this mysterious file.

I found this book very hard to get through. Kyle is just not likable with his “poor me, I’m an orphan attitude” and lack of ambition. He was an illegitimate child of a married man and his father was barely around while he was young yet we’re expected to believe that fourteen years later he’s still haunted by his father’s death of natural causes.

The plot wasn’t suspenseful enough to grab my attention but I kept reading hoping it would lead to a surprise ending which it never did. The only characters in the book I did enjoy were Kyle’s best friend Kat and the two detectives investigating the murder of his father’s law partner. They were believable and humorous throughout.

This is my first book by William Lashner and I don’t think I’ll be reading anymore.


Luanne said...

Hmm, I've enjoyed Lashner in the past, but haven't read this one - sorry you didn't enjoy it.

Anonymous said...

The Victor Carl series by Mr. Lashner are very good reads. I was very disappointed with "Blood and Bone" - there was really nothing likeable about Kyle Byrne, and the story line was almost ludicrous. I can't believe that I wasted time finishing this book.