Jed Franklin’s life was turned completely upside down a year ago when his father was arrested. Accused and charged with the murders and rapes of several young boys Jed’s father sits awaiting for trial. Every day since the arrest Jed has had to deal with the stares and accusations but now he questions himself and whether he will turn into his father, is it truly in the blood to be a pedophile or killer?
While In the Blood deals with some dark subject matter when it comes to what Jed’s father had done it is set in the tone of seventeen year old Jed who is struggling to deal with the aftermath. Jed is a typical teenager although with the weight of the world on his shoulders but he deals with things as a teenager would.
I immediately became engaged in this read and getting to know Jed. His mother is a zombie and not dealing well with the aftermath of the arrest and even forgets Jed’s birthday. Jed is practically raising his five year old sister and trying to hold the family together at his age and he has one friend left that still has faith in him. With school work slipping and getting in fights defending himself he has turned to drinking to drown out his troubles. Quite an intriguing read to see how it would all turn out.
Just a note, while the subject of what Jed’s father has been accused of is mentioned and talked about during the book there is nothing overly graphic concerning his crimes. This is more of the emotional roller coaster ride for the family of the accused and dealing with their world falling apart.
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.