Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Length: Full (322 pages)
Age Recommendation: 16+
Rating: 4 stars
Review by: Honeysuckle
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 Frederick there had only 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 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.
The more they dig, the more it seems the only way they’ll hear the real story is from the source–the killer.
Not the kind of future plan a college recruiter likes to hear. But then, the better it works, the less likely either of them is going to have a future. . .
Family. Can’t live with them. Want to die without them. May get killed trying either way.
As the title alludes to, blood is thicker than water. Blood in this case does represent family but family isn’t always blood related as Thomas is about to find out.
It was a toss up for who managed to find trouble, or have trouble find them, the quickest. If Thomas wasn’t walking into a “wrong place, wrong time” situation then Charlotte was running headlong into dire straights, that usually resulted in Thomas going back to a holding cell. Bless them, it was a total star-crossed-lovers kind of theme, complete with overprotective brothers, and I couldn’t decide if I wanted to shake my head at their antics or just shake them. A little of both maybe.
The author has an excellent voice for bringing the reader right into the room. I could feel Thomas’s angst. Anger. Disappointment in himself. And his determination to find his mother’s killer. I tried to piece the case together and when the characters started describing the first murder, I tried to tie them together. I wanted to help Thomas and I wanted him and Charlotte to have a chance at being together.
I loved the interaction between Charlotte and her friend Nicole. Very typical teen dialogue. I also laughed out loud almost every time Charlotte brought up her grandmother. My favorite line: “Grandma is knitting or crocheting or sitting around having judgmental thoughts.” Her grandmother really is a piece of work, but I could honestly tell that every member of Charlotte’s family really loves her and worried about the what ifs where she and Thomas were concerned. Having a teen daughter, I couldn’t say I blame them but I was really hoping to see them accept Thomas at some point.
There’s a mild form of paranormal experience in this that I wasn’t sure I understood. I mean, I could see that it impacted the events throughout the book but like Thomas, I kept feeling like I missed something important. As is I go back and read it again, it’ll be more clear. The overall story was really well written. I love the constant tension and attraction between Thomas and Charlotte. I couldn’t wait until their first kiss because the buildup was crazy. I appreciated that the author didn’t include them going too far as it was obvious that Charlotte was very sheltered and underage. Besides the kissing, there’s some heavy petting and innuendo, but not too much.
I really hope the author continues their story. There’s some unfinished business that could cause them all trouble later on and Thomas has some work to do. Plus, this author has experience writing series paranormal books so, I have hope to see Thomas and Charlotte again. Reader’s who want a YA story wrapped in tension and suspense should give Thicker Than Water a try.