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 review. You can skip to the bottom to read my Q&A with Brigid :)
I have wanted to read this book for a while now, Brigid Kemmerer one of my friend’s favourite authors so I was really looking forward to it coming out in January. But then I saw the title was available on NetGalley and they approved me, so I read it straight away and now here I am. I had forgotten what it was really about so it was a really exciting read for me.
I absolutely loved the first three quarters of the book. 5/5 for that. It was thrilling, and I just couldn’t get enough. The romance of it was amazing, the writing was fantastic and the mystery was so intense. I absolutely devoured it. I have read a few suspense/mystery romances in my time (I say this as if I'm and old woman but I'm only 20) but this was by far my favourite. Seriously.
The characters were amazing. I really loved the dual perspective and Thomas was such a sarcastic, funny character. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for him. He seriously couldn’t catch a break at times. It kind of reminded me of Pretty Little Liars in that way. He always seemed to get stuck in a situation no matter what he did. I also really liked Charlotte as a character. She was annoying at times but not overwhelmingly so like some other YA characters I have read before. I liked the fact she had Type One Diabetes as well. I've never read a YA book where the character has some sort of disease or condition and it just made the character feel that much more realistic. I really loved some of the side characters too. Particularly Charlotte's brother Ben. All of her brothers are pretty awesome though, but Ben in particular. I feel like if this was going to be a series, the next book would (or should) follow Ben. Just saying... Another character I really enjoyed was Charlotte's best friend Nicole. She was such a quirky and loyal person, I couldn't help but love her.
Honestly, I loved everything about this book... Except for the last quarter. It let me down and I was a little bit disappointed with how the paranormal aspect was explained. It might just be me because I don't normally read paranormal, but I felt like when "it" was first mentioned, I had no idea what was going on, what it meant and how it all worked. I felt like I was only getting half the story and it was frustrating me (not enough to stop reading though because this was seriously addicting). It did start to make more sense once I kept reading on, so if I were patient it probably wouldn't have bothered me at all.
I also felt like the ending of the story felt a little bit rushed, mainly because after the thing that I shall not mention here, happened, it seemed to just end and I was slightly disappointed because I wanted to stay with these characters a bit longer.
I’m not really sure if this is going to be continued as an actual series following the same characters or not. The ending was left open so that she could, but honestly I’m kind of hoping that she won’t continue this as a series. I adored the characters and the writing, but I feel like if we follow this same story line, it will become a bit repetitive and unrealistic (I know it's a paranormal romance but still, there are limits). Either way, I would still read it because as I said before, I loved the characters and the story, just wasn't so impressed with the ending.
Overall: Loved it, except for the ending. I still highly recommend. It’s not something I would normally read but the writing style had a contemporary undertone to it which I thoroughly enjoyed. A must read for fans of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, or for those who love a little bit of suspense with their romance. Thicker than Water will keep you on your toes throughout the whole book. Warning, once you start, you won't be able to stop.
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Q&A WITH BRIGID KEMMERER!
Guys! I don't think you understand my level of excitement when Brigid wrote back to me saying she would answer my questions. Like, it was through the roof. And it was at 1:30 in the morning so I couldn't even share my excitement! STRUGGLES!! Anyway, here is my Q+A with the amazing Brigid Kemmerer!
1. What inspired you to write Thicker than Water?
I have no idea! One night I was getting into bed with my husband, and all of a sudden, I came up with the opening lines to a book. I had been reading on my Kindle, so I opened a new email to myself and started typing. After a few minutes, my husband looked over and said, "What are you typing?" And I'd written two pages of a new book. (Most of which is exactly what's in the book right now.)
2. I’ve never read a book where the character has a chronic illness. What gave you the inspiration for Charlotte’s Type 1 Diabetes?
Nothing, really. I like having characters who are dealing with real issues, and it seemed like a natural challenge from the first moment she appeared on the page. I'm currently working on a secret project where the main character has cerebral palsy.
3. Will this be a continued series? Or will you be writing any companion novels to go along with this book?
Ha! Fingers crossed, I hope I'll get the chance to write more... My next book will be LETTERS TO THE LOST, which is coming out with Bloomsbury in spring 2017.
4. What gave you the idea for the paranormal aspect of the story?
With the Elemental Series, the paranormal aspect was front and center. With THICKER THAN WATER, I wanted to be more subtle so I could let the characters really shine.
5. Do you have a favourite scene from the story?
My favorite scene is when Charlotte and her best friend are texting back and forth, and her friend is sending her secret pictures of the guy she has a crush on ... And then the guy catches them in the act!
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Format: Paperback, 484 pages
Genre: YA Paranormal
Acquired from: Allen & Unwin
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