Serpents in the Cold

Serpents in the Cold (The Boston Saga) - Thomas O'Malley, Douglas Graham Purdy

 

Hate was the only thing that could make one stronger, and he hated not just himself but every low-down bookie, thug, and peddler of junk and underage girls. Someday the fires of hell would take them all away, and he wished that he’d be able to sit on the precipice , taking in his last fix, and watch them all burn and suffer, knowing that soon enough the flames would eventually come his way and pull him down to join them.

It was a bit difficult for me to make up my mind regarding my rating of this book because while I really enjoyed the first half of the book, I wasn't as thrilled about the second half. This book follows two friends, Cal and Dante, who both have their fair share of hardship and pain as they try to figure out who killed Dante's sister-in-law, Sheila. From the book description I thought that Cal would be a lot more well-adjusted than Dante, but he was pretty screwed up too. I liked Cal a bit more than Dante but they were both interesting characters to follow.

 

I really enjoyed the first half of this book and couldn't put it down while reading it. I liked getting to read about Cal and Dante and seeing the dynamics of their neighborhood. I felt like the book kind of slowed down at about 50% of the way through and the plot didn't progress as much. Things really started to pick up towards the end and there was some great action (and also some heartbreak). I have to say that I wasn't all that satisfied with how everything was resolved. It almost seemed like the authors realized that they had to end the story so then the characters just went wild. I still had some questions that I felt like were not answered. From what I have seen I think that this is the first in a series but I can't see what could happen in a sequel to this (but I would be interested in reading said sequel). Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.