Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer

Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer
Pub. Date: December 29, 2015
Source: e-ARC via netgalley (Thank you, Kensington!)
Summary: 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…
Genre: YA, Mystery, Paranormal

Oh, Brigid. OH, BRIGID. Is everything okay? I know you have a small child plus a full-time job in addition to writing. Maybe it’s time to take a little vacation?

Thicker Than Water was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. I loved – LOVED her Elemental series and consider myself so lucky in that the series started and ended in two years. Five books plus multiple novellas. Not every author could pull that off. Unfortunately, Brigid couldn’t either and the final book in the series (which just so happened to be the one I was most looking forward to since it featured my favorite character) was a total letdown and the war the previous books had been building up to was simply skipped over and multiple key character were forgotten about.

But when I heard she was writing a new series I set my skepticism aside and rejoiced. After all, I really do love her previous series, hiccups and all, and couldn’t wait to get my hands on something new. Something different. …or so I thought.

Thomas Bellweather isn’t having a great day. Or a great life. When he was five, he and his mother left his father and it’s just been the two of them ever since. Until Stan. His mother’s new boyfriend seems like an okay guy and just a few months later Thomas finds himself packing up and moving in. Not long after his mother and Stan marry. And a week later his mother winds up dead. As if that isn’t bad enough, the entire town thinks Thomas was the one who killed her. Things go from bad to worse at the funeral. Stan’s a cop and the church is crawling with fellow officers, each one itching to get at Thomas. One small push and he finds himself being hauled off in the middle of the service.

Only two people believe Thomas is innocent: Charlotte, the youngest child in a family full of cops, and Stan. Unfortunately for Thomas, the universe works in funny ways and he keeps finding himself in jail.

The first half of the book is essentially Thomas being thrown in a jail cell numerous times for ridiculous reasons. Charlotte can’t keep away from him even though she’s part of the reason he keeps getting arrested. Her family is SUPER old-fashioned and I was going to claw my eyes out if I had to sit through another scene of her ~getting revenge~ on her stuffy grandmother by wearing tiny little shorts.

Brigid has a thing for brothers because there are a ton of them in this book as well. I initially thought she was going for a mystery angle until about halfway through when the paranormal factor kicks in and, oh I guess we’re back to the Elemental series.

I don’t even want to finish writing a review for this one. It was just bad. The only redeeming factor was that it was an extremely quick read. Other than that? Skip it. What a shame.


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