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Thicker Than Water
by Brigid Kemmerer
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About the Book:
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…
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I loved this book. And if I didn’t feel a certain sense of responsibility to give you more, I’d leave it at that because it’s the truth. I loved the storyline, the twists, the mystery, the characters and the wonderful writing. This was one of those books that had me hooked from the very first page and had me reminding myself over and over to slow down…I was so desperate to find out what was happening that I was reading too quickly to absorb it all. I’d never read any books by Ms. Kremmerer prior to this one but, if her others are even close to the awesomeness that is Thicker than Water, I will definitely be moving her up on my TBR!
Consider this…a young guy, new to town, finds his mother murdered in their own house in the middle of the night. He has no friends to speak of, no job, no connections. He’s the perfect suspect and, in this small town, he feels convicted even before he’s charged. That is Thomas. He’s hurting, he’s sad, he’s lonely, he’s scared, and, because of the wonderful writing, I felt every one of those emotions right along with him. But I wasn’t the only one interested in Thomas. Charlotte is curious as well. She sympathizes with Thomas and, regardless of public opinion, believes his story. The kink in all of this is that Charlotte’s entire family, brothers and father, are police officers who wholeheartedly believe Thomas is guilty…so their relationship is an uphill battle. Add to that certain twists in the story that, at times, even make Charlotte confused, and you’ve got yourself a story that will capture your heart and your imagination. I loved the strength, the fierceness, and the intelligence of both these characters and felt like I was living the story right along with them.
As the mystery unravels, the author provides more and more clues – some of which I guessed, some I didn’t – and has you both sure of what will happen and, at the same time, second guessing yourself. The story flows smoothly, providing enough information to keep you in its grasp at all times. To lighten the mood, there is some humor as well, mostly thanks to Charlotte’s internal monologue and her feelings towards her grandmother, as well as in the scenes with her best friend, Nicole. I’m hoping there might be more to this story (although, at the moment, it seems to be billed as a standalone) so that we can delve deeper into the secondary characters, which I enjoyed as well. The story is finished but there’s definitely an opportunity for more to happen in this small town. And, if no other book is forthcoming, then I will definitely beg the author for a longer epilogue…I need more time with Thomas and Charlotte!
I know that even though I’ve written all these many words, I really haven’t told you much. But this is a story you need to experience for yourself. You need to believe, you need to doubt, you need to know the answer and then to second guess it, you need to immerse yourself in this world…and then, hopefully, you will fall in love with it, just like I did.
About the Author:
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 vampire 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 writes anywhere she can find a place to sit down (and she’s embarrassed to say a great many pages of The Elemental Series were written while sitting on the floor in the basement of a hotel while she was attending a writers’ conference). Most writers enjoy peace and quiet while writing, but Brigid prefers pandemonium. A good thing, considering she has three boys in the house, ranging in age from an infant to a teenager.
While writing STORM, it’s ironic to note that Brigid’s personal life was plagued by water problems: her basement flooded three times, her roof leaked, her kitchen faucet broke, causing the cabinet underneath to be destroyed by water, the wall in her son’s room had to be torn down because water had crept into the wall, and her bedroom wall recently developed a minor leak. Considering SPARK, book 2 in the series, is about the brother who controls fire, Brigid is currently making sure all the smoke detectors in her house have batteries.
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 nearby at all times, and email is the best way to reach her. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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