Review | Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer

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Review | Thicker Than Water by Brigid KemmererThicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer
Published by Kensington Books on December 29th, 2015
Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 322
Format: Paperback
Source: The Publicist
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Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect.

Not that there’s any evidence. But before Thomas got to Garretts Mill there had just been one other murder in twenty years.

The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous to Thomas. Her best friend was the other murder vic. And she’d like a couple answers.

Answers that could get them both killed, and reveal a truth Thomas would die to keep hidden…

My Take:

Even though The Elemental series has been on my TO READ list for ages, I have yet to read it. But when I saw Thicker Than Water, I knew it was one I needed in my life and jumped on the chance to read/review it.

Thicker Than Water had so many elements to the story that made up its greatness. A murder mystery, suspense, a romance.. and something else that I can’t discuss due to spoilers. But what I found I loved the most was the writing, and how the situation made me think; to question what I would do in said situation(s).

Thomas is the number one suspect in his mother’s murder, even though there is a huge lack of evidence. Him and his mother were new to town before her untimely death, and the residents are not kind; save for Charlotte. Charlotte is the daughter of a cop, and sister to three brothers on the force as well. Of course, this does not bode well. She is drawn to him though, and holds a lot of compassion for him and his situation.

Gosh my heart ached for Thomas. I can only imagine his pain and what he is going through. Yet despite the pain, he is strong. Having his POV, and Ms. Kemmerer’s skills at writing it, made this story a lot more compelling. I mean, take out his POV and you have a girl chasing after an accused murderer, ya know? Which brings me to my point about how her writing.

The people of this town are awful. The three brothers are the worst of it. But I put myself in their shoes, and wonder how I could react. Would I be rude? Tell my kids to stay away? Or would I channel my inner Charlotte and be compassionate? I DON’T KNOW.

Now as far as the romance goes.. I have conflicting thoughts. Based on what we discover about Thomas later on (i.e, spoilers) I wonder how much that played a part in everything. If that aspect wasn’t there, I would be looking at the romance in a whole new way but I can’t overlook it. So therefore, I was not 100% sold on the romance, even though I adore Thomas. Not to mention, I didn’t feel like there was a whole lot of chemistry going on anyway. Still, I like the idea of them together, and would love to explore their romance after the dust settled.

From my understanding, this is a standalone. Insert sad face here. I would love to go back and explore more especially with how things ended. Still, it sits well as a standalone even though the many questions I have are left unanswered.

Overall – I loved it. I loved the writing, and Thomas. His voice really made my love for this book soar.




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2 thoughts on “Review | Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer

  1. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    I actually tweeted Kemmerer to ask her about the status of whether or not this was a standalone. She said she hopes not (fingers crossed). I took this to mean that the publisher’s waiting to see how this book does before they give her the green light on the next book – so I’m hoping it does well!!

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