Title: Thicker Than Water
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Kensington Books
Published: December 29th 2015
Source:: Netgalley Copy
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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…
When Everyone Thinks
Ever since reading Storm, Brigid Kemmerer has become one of my all time favourite authors. She is now an author who I read anything she has written. So much so that upon hearing she had a new book out, I did not bother reading the synopsis because I knew that regardless of what it said, I would read the book. Thus, I had no idea what to expect when I started Thicker than Water and I think that helped to make this book even more exciting. Once again, I am happy to report that Brigid Kemmerer has blown me away. This book is a fantastic book from start to finish; the kind of book that makes you wish you could read forever and ever more.
You Did It
Every single plot in Brigid Kemmerer’s books are incredible and the plot of Thicker than Water is no different. From the very start of this book you’re thrown into muddy waters (excuse the pun) with this book. There’s been a murder and no one knows who the killer is. Everyone is certain that Thomas is the killer, but Thomas is certain he didn’t, couldn’t do it. And Brigid pulls you into the story with this emotion so fluidly. Then the plot just builds, it throws you one way and then pulls you another and the whole way through the book you’re left wondering what is actually going on until it is finally revealed at the end. And what a reveal it is. I didn’t see it coming. I loved it. I love that Brigid kept you guessing and then threw your guesses away as something else happened. It made the book that much more exciting and intense to read.
How Do You
The main reason that I adore Brigid Kemmerer’s writing is because she has an amazing way of creating characters that you can easily connect to and love. Characters that have a vast array of emotions and characters that you cry with, laugh with and pray for. And she has continued that tradition with Thicker than Water. Thomas was an intense character but he was also troubled, caring and protective. He has the world on his shoulders and the cops on his back and is just trying to be and Brigid has portrayed this incredibly well. Then there’s Charlotte who is an amazingly strong character, she’s observing, protective but also feisty. She’s vulnerable, protected and cared for. I think I may have liked Charlotte that small fraction more than Thomas, but only because I loved how she dealt with everything thrown at her. She was a truly spectacular character. Hell, they both were.
Stay Above Water
Incase you missed the vibe, I very much enjoyed Thicker Than Water. It was a book that hooked me from the beginning and kept me hanging on until the very end. And, then of course, in true Brigid Kemmerer style, it was left on a gentle cliffhanger, the perfect promise of more. I personally cannot wait to see what will happen next in this story. I loved where this book took me, how it kept me guessing and I just got so pulled in by the characters. I do have to admit that I didn’t love it quite as much as the Storm series books but they are quite high in my heart, but I still loved every minute of this book and would happily recommend it and read it again!
** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **
About the Author
Brigid writes anywhere she can find a place to sit down (and she’s embarrassed to say a great
many pages of The Elemental Series were written while sitting on the floor in the basement of a hotel while she was attending a writers’ conference). Most writers enjoy peace and quiet while writing, but Brigid prefers pandemonium. A good thing, considering she has three boys in the house, ranging in age from an infant to a teenager.
While writing STORM, it’s ironic to note that Brigid’s personal life was plagued by water problems: her basement flooded three times, her roof leaked, her kitchen faucet broke, causing the cabinet underneath to be destroyed by water, the wall in her son’s room had to be torn down because water had crept into the wall, and her bedroom wall recently developed a minor leak. Considering SPARK, book 2 in the series, is about the brother who controls fire, Brigid is currently making sure all the smoke detectors in her house have batteries.
Brigid loves hearing from people, and she probably won’t refer to herself in the third person like this if you actually correspond with her. She has a smartphone surgically attached to her person nearby at all times, and email is the best way to reach her. Her email address is email@example.com
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