Rating: 4.5 stars
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Synopsis: 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…
How I got this book: Sent from publisher (THANK YOU Allen & Unwin)
Release Date: January 4, 2016
The Short Version:
I absolutely loved it.
Even though I didn’t realise it was supposed to be paranormal until about half way, when the paranormal elements revealed themselves. And then the paranormal elements seemed a little under-developed.
It also seemed to set up for a sequel, though I have seen no news of a sequel.
Also, I feel the need to point out that the synopsis seems to be for an almost completely different book…
The Long Version:
I was a HUGE fan of the Elementals series, so I was super excited to hear about Thicker than Water.
And I absolutely loved it. It was full of all the things I loved most about the Elementals series.
Brigid Kemmerer’s writing never ceases to be amazing. And her characters…just perfect. They are always just so real and wonderful and Thicker Than Water was no exception.
Thomas had just lost his mother, and everybody thought that he did it. And, while you could see where they were coming from (looking at the evidence they had that pointed to him), you couldn’t help but be angry at them for Thomas’ sake. Seriously, I just wanted to punch most of them in the face.
But they were cops, so that’d be a bad idea.
And then there’s Charlotte, who has overprotective brothers and a fairly judgmental grandmother. While I don’t have overprotective older brothers, I do have a grandparent who has fairly specific ideas on how I should act/behave, and I could totally understand Charlotte’s frustration (though my grandparent’s issue is that my skirts aren’t short enough and my hair’s too long, but the frustration is still definitely there).
My only (very, very minor) dislike of the book is the lack of paranormal aspects. It felt like a contemporary murder mystery, then I double-checked the back of the book, which said that it was a ‘paranormal thriller’. However, there was little-to-no evidence of any paranormal stuff going on until over the half way point.
Which was a little disappointing, but the writing and the characters were so wonderfully amazing that it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story.
Also *cough* as I’ve already said, can we ignore the synopsis? Because I have a little trouble believing someone read this book and then wrote THAT synopsis. Seriously, guys, you had one job (maybe…I don’t know who writes those things…)
The only disappointment was the undeveloped paranormal aspects. Ignoring that, it was a fantastic book.