Title: THICKER THAN WATER
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Release date: December 29, 2015
Publisher: Kensington Books
Formats: Paperback, eBook
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…
NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the publicity agency via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.
Brigid Kemmerer’s THICKER THAN WATER is not your standard murder mystery. Right from the start the author sets a slightly different tone that lets you know that something is off, even if you can’t immediately put your finger on what it is. She introduces a narrator who is not the most reliable, making you question his innocence. And she creates a number of characters whose reactions are not what you might expect, which makes for a fascinating and intriguing and incredibly exciting read.
Everyone thought that Thomas Bellweather was responsible for his mother’s death. He was in the house. There were no signs of forced entry. And while they may not have had any evidence against him, they knew he had to be her killer. It was only a matter of time before they could pin the murder on him.
Charlotte Rooker couldn’t help but be drawn to Thomas. He was intense, mysterious, gorgeous. Even though her father and brothers warned her to stay away from him, she couldn’t. While she wasn’t entirely sure he was innocent, she felt safe with him and she wanted to help him. She just wished that every time she was with him she didn’t make things worse for him.
And she wished her family wasn’t so dead set on putting him behind bars. Because if Thomas didn’t do it, then their single-minded pursuit of him could allow a murderer to walk free.
Author Brigid Kemmerer penned a unique and compelling story with a main character who you’ll want not to be guilty. She hints at a potentially dark past, teasing only a fraction of his earlier life – just one of the many puzzles to be solved – and alludes to an even more uncertain future. He is at once disconcerting and thrilling and immensely appealing.
With a number of subtle, well-placed clues and a few twists and turns and surprises, THICKER THAN WATER is sure to keep you locked in from beginning to end. And with the addition of another unsolved crime, a possible second suspect, a life-altering secret, and a forbidden romance, it promises to be an electrifying story that delivers the unexpected, that will keep you guessing, and guarantees that you’ll want to see more of these characters and this world at the story’s end.
About Brigid Kemmerer
Brigid Kemmerer was born in Omaha, Nebraska, though her parents quickly moved her all over the United States, from the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio, and several stops in between, eventually settling near Annapolis, Maryland. Brigid started writing in high school, and her first real “novel” was about four brothers causing a ruckus in the suburbs. Those four brothers are the same boys living in the pages of The Elemental Series, so Brigid likes to say she’s had four teenage boys taking up space in her head for the last seventeen years. (Though sometimes that just makes her sound nuts.)
Brigid loves hearing from people, and she probably won’t refer to herself in the third person like this if you actually correspond with her. She has a smartphone surgically attached to her person, and email is the best way to reach her. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.