Thicker Than Water
Thicker Than Water had me sitting down for hours. The story was compelling from the start but it kind of threw me off towards the end. Even though it got weird, I enjoyed it.
The characters were pretty average. Not too complex, not too shallow either. They were definitely easy to relate to. Charlotte seemed typical but I like her personality. She's strong and smart, possibly since she came from a family of cops. Thomas, on the other hand, was a bit of a hothead. He seemed detached and angry most of the time but he's got a lighter side underneath. He's actually interesting given his mysterious personality.
The plot was excellent but the twist got me all, "WHAAAAAT?". I did not see that one coming. It doesn't mean it's all amazing though. I think the twist was a bit out of place, it's cool and I sort of predicted it but I didn't expect it to be that drastic. I don't have a better way of saying this so if you don't mind spoilers: So it turns out Thomas had a long lost brother and they have some sort of mind powers and his brother was the one forcing Thomas to hurt people by using his powers onto him.
The writing style was excellent as well. I found it very easy to read the book. Overall, I had a great time reading this book and I would definitely check out the author's other works.
The story was told in dual POVs. One was Thomas, an angry boy who felt the world was against him after the death of his mother soon after she remarried and moved them to a small town where he knew no one. The other was Charlotte, a naive girl struggling to be herself in a family of cops and a grandmother trying to enforce traditional gender roles on her. Their lives intertwine due to his mother’s murder and her family and brothers investigating her death.
I really enjoyed how completely different the POVs were in the story. Thomas was angry but he also was scared and felt alone. He was resentful that he’d been moved to a new town and was suddenly left in the care of the guy who married his mother, a guy Thomas never really got a long with or had really given much of a chance. Charlotte was a lot lighter. She saw the good in everyone and was learning how to stand up for herself against her family’s overprotectiveness. Her interactions with her brothers were a lot of fun and it was so easy to see the bond and love between them. There were moments that reminded me of the Merrick family and I really loved that.
I was liked the mystery themes that kept up through the whole book. Just when you thought you’d figured one part out, another piece of the puzzle took you in a whole new direction. It seemed like at one point of the book, I would have believed anyone as the murderer.