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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It is going to be very difficult for me to describe the complete awesomeness that is this book, but I'll give it a try.
I very rarely give out five star reviews, but when I do, it's to the books that I can barely stand to put down, the books that when I wake at night to go to the washroom I have a hard time getting back to sleep because I'm thinking about them, the books that I wish weren't fictional because I want to believe that the characters are real, or the books that are so suspenseful and tricky that I just can't wait to figure out what is going on! If one of these books has a somewhat open ending, I agonize over what will happen next, and maybe even tweet the author to ask if there's going to be a sequel (yes, I did do that in this case! Unfortunately, her answer was very vague.). "Thicker Than Water" is just that kind of book for me, and I absolutely loved every minute of it! Well, maybe not every minute, as there are some pretty creepy happenings in there. I didn't love those things, they were rather uncomfortable to read about if I'm being honest, but they definitely helped to make this book a standout.
I really enjoyed Kemmerer's other series, and one of the main reasons is the way she writes her characters. Same thing here. Her good guys always have flaws, and her bad guys are never truly evil. They all seem like they could be real people, even with their paranormal abilities, and I really appreciate that, in any book, but especially in YA books - it just seems as though these types of characters are few and far between in this genre.
I don't want to say too much about the plot or just how twisty it was, but it kept me guessing and surprised throughout the entire book. I never really knew what was going to happen next, and even if I was going to hazard a guess (which I didn't really have time to do because I completely devoured this book!), I would never have guessed right! Yep, totally flummoxed, that was me!
If you enjoy paranormal YA and are sick of the same ol', same ol', you should absolutely give Brigid Kemmerer's books a try. They are all great, but "Thicker Than Water" is hands down my favourite. I so hope this book will turn this into a series, because I want more, I need more, please give me more!