Thicker Than Water

Thicker Than Water
Age Range
13+
Release Date
December 29, 2015
ISBN
9780758294418
On his own 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…

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Great mystery read
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3.7
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4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
When I first saw this book, I was immediately drawn into it because of the cover. It clearly says mystery and suspense. It somehow reminded me of the Mara Dyer covers. When I got to the synopsis, I told myself I had to read it.

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.
Good Points
plot twists, good romance and family relationships
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3.7
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Murder mystery with a twist
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3.7
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I really enjoyed the Elementals series by Brigid Kemmerer so I was excited to read a new series that would be just as filled with characters I would love and relationships that were just as much fun to read about and were very relatable. I was also a little hesitant since I feared being let down due to how much I’d loved the Elementals series and the Merrick brothers.
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.
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