“If he’s strong enough to do this, he’s strong enough to do a lot of other things.
Like strangle someone.”- Charlotte, Thicker Than Water
Title: Thicker Than Water
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Publication Date: December 29, 2015
Publisher: Kensington Books
*I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
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…
Not going to lie, I judged the cover of this book REALLY hard. I don’t like it, but that’s just me. I do however like the title for this book. Perfectly wraps up what this book is all about.
This book is told in alternating chapters of both Thomas and Charlotte’s POV. Thomas is currently the lead suspect in the murder case involving his mother. Thomas knows that there is no way that he could have committed such an act and the only other person who believes that he is innocent is Charlotte.The two start their own investigation and what they discover changes Thomas’s life forever.
For the most part, I enjoyed the writing in this book. The suspense, the plot twist, it all just kept me on the edge of my seat. When I thought I had things figured out, BAM, another plot twist hit and I was FREAKING out! Because our two main characters are not really sure what it going on, we as the reader are not quite sure what is going on. I was pointing the finger at EVERYONE! When the WHO and the HOW were finally revealed, I was shocked!
Family is a major theme present in this book, hence the title for the book. We have Charlotte’s family who are a tight-knit bunch. Her three brothers and father are all police officers and throughout the book Charlotte is constantly torn between siding with her family and staying away from Thomas or helping Thomas solve his mother’s murder. Family also plays a very important role for Thomas, but I’m not going to reveal why because SPOILERS!
The thing I didn’t like about the writing was the INSTA-LOVE. I don’t understand why it was necessary in this book. You literally get hit all that tension right in the first chapter and these two characters haven’t even had a full conversation yet. No, just NO!
I have some very strong feelings of HATE towards all the characters in this book. I honestly just wanted to put them all on a boat, let it sail to the middle of the ocean, and then sink it (I’m being dramatic). I just couldn’t connect with any of them. First, let’s talk about our main two characters:
♥ Charlotte: I did NOT like Charlotte. Her constant back and forth just annoyed me to the point where I wanted to slap her. One moment she’s all about being with Thomas and then the next she’s questioning everything about him.
I understand that she’s put in a position where she is left feeling completely divided, but she doesn’t ever really make up her own mind about anything. Even if she decided to stay out of it would have been fine because then at least she would be making a DECISION!
♥ Thomas: I’m not quite sure how I feel about Thomas. I didn’t love him, I didn’t hate him, he just didn’t have any effect on me. I felt sorry for him and the position he was being put in, but not to the point where I was ready to stand up and defend him.
As for the rest of the characters in this book, I HATED them too. They were all so quick to jump the gun and never actually paid attention to the FACTS!
Besides the insta-love and unlikable characters, the one other issue I had with this book was the ending. It was kind of abrupt. I didn’t feel like any actual justice was really served and I have so many unanswered questions. COULD THERE POSSIBLY BE A SEQUEL?!
Overall, even though I did have some issues with this book, I think this book is still worth the read. It’s different from any other young adult book that I’ve read and it managed to keep me entertained the whole time.