Review: Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer

Thicker than WaterTitle: Thicker Than Water
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Series: standalone
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Mystery fantasy
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Blurb:
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…

My Review:
This was a gripping, intense, suspenseful read with an original concept and superb writing that hooked me instantly.

Both Charlotte and Thomas were likable main characters and I enjoyed both their voices and perspectives. Character and plot development were steady and consistently built and I enjoyed the slow-burning romance.

I really felt for Thomas – he was in a crappy situation that kept getting crappier. It’s obvious from the start that there is something that doesn’t quite add up about him, but I still wasn’t expecting the paranormal shift which happened about 60% in. It took me by surprise and I felt the book halted for a chapter or two until I got my head around what was happening. Then the pace picked up perfectly and I enjoyed this new angle.

Charlotte was a strong female lead and I loved how she wasn’t afraid to stand up to her family, and to defend Tom, even though she had some niggling doubts.

The romance was perfect and I felt the chemistry between them.

This is my first Brigid Kemmerer book, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I loved it, and I adored her writing style. Very slick and professional and the words flowed smoothly on the page. I’m not sure if there is going to be a sequel. I think there’s enough meat there for one but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

I would recommend this book if you enjoy contemporary YA romance with a paranormal twist.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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