I received this book for free from publisher request pitch in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Kensington Books on December 29th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Source: publisher request pitch
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…
Thicker than Water starts off as a romance read where we have our default bad boy and good girl who fall in love. And even though Thomas is a bad boy who is the feared to be the alleged killer of his own mother, we see there is something else at work. I was quite surprised and elated that it turned this romance contemporary into something worthy of a paranormal book and I didn’t even see it coming. Eventually my interest grew and I was glad it turned into a mystery thriller instead. The writing is divided between the two main characters and we see how each other affects one another. Sometimes it’s quite hilarious but other times it grew to be a little bit out of sorts. And what we think is an obsessive love story, it’s not.. Something else is going on! And we the reader are left in the dark.
Charlotte is protected by her family, especially her three older brothers who are all cops. Even her father is. I don’t blame them one but for wanting to keep her safe. And even though she’s quite rude and mean to her grandmother, she loves her traditionally family even when they have only the women do womanly duties like cooking and cleaning.
And her grandmother wasn’t helping when she said this:
Honesty I wanted to yell at her family just because she’s female doesn’t mean she should be regulated to the kitchen! I really did like Nicole, her boy crazy best friend who is hilarious and jokes a lot and also who works at the library. I found her personality to be more lively and more fun than Charlotte’s whining and “damsel-in-distress” ministrations. I couldn’t quite believe the things she would get herself into. And not just once but three times. Then there’s Thomas who had such a temper. Black-outs and no memories whatsoever? There’s clearly something wrong with him.. And even when it was explained, I still didn’t accept it. I don’t even know why he was angry all the time. Sure the people who live in his town might be ignorant jerks, but you don’t need to give them more ammunition. Both characters are rude to their parental guardians and I just wanted them to have a bit more respect for them.
Overall, I was assuming just by the cover it would be a romance, but I was satisfied that it turned out into something else entirely. Thicker Than Water had me on the breaking point several times and I recommend it to anyone looking for books with a unique plot twist.