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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  1,781 ratings  ·  453 reviews
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, lit
Paperback, 322 pages
Published December 29th 2015 by Kensington Books
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Oct 27, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: in-progress
THIS IS AVAILABLE ON NETGALLEY. *flail* *flail some more*

*cough* I mean, if you would like to read it, reviewer friends, harken thee to NetGalley, for download goodness. I can't wait to hear what you guys think!
Jennifer Kyle
4.25 STARS

"Everyone hates me, but no one knows her." I wince, and the words claw their way out of my throat. "No one knew her. No one cares about finding out who did this. They just care about how much they hate me."


I loved the writing and the characters just the hows and whys were a bit confusing. However, I notice that the author mentions a sequel for Thomas and Charlotte on her GR page and so I'm assuming more will be answered in the next book. This is a very entertaining story and I'm lo
C.G. Drews
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
My very eloquent and intelligent thoughts about this book can basically be summed up as: "OMG WHAT IS THIS. I LOVE THIS. HALP. OMGGGG." See? Eloquent. I actually had noooo idea if I'd like this but SMOKING GRAPES AND CRACKERS it was a really me story.

Although I was really thrown that it's actually a PARANORMAL thriller/murder-mystery. I kind of get annoyed when books do that? Either set it up at the beginning to be paranormal or doooon't twist it in that direction. Argh. So that was really my o
Whitney Atkinson
This book was a rollercoaster for me, unfortunately not because of the actual book's writing or plot, but because my emotions were all over the place as I realized that this book was not what I was expecting. I got it for review (thank you publisher!) thinking it was a new adult book about solving a crime. When I realized it was about a 17/18 year old couple, I was slighly disheartened but decided to continue reading to solve the mystery. And I was glad I did because I thought this was a very so ...more

***Kristalia (can I thank you enough for your support during my reading of this book. If not for you, I would've gone crazy without an opportunity to share my crazy theories with someone who already read the book and can give me some hints *hearty hug*), my friend, I have a theory about this books title and I will share it under the spoiler tags.

My friend's amazing review for this book you can find here.

Actual rating 4.4

“I can see how it would be exciting, spending time with a dangerous young

Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Kensington Books
Publication Date: December 29, 2015
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 murd
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley.)

“Loneliness is a funny disease. You don’t realise how badly you’re infected until someone gives you a shot of contentment – and then it wears off.”

This was an okay story, but the pace let it down.

Thomas and Charlotte were both okay characters, although both made mistakes. Thomas kept making things worse for himself with his behaviour, and Charlotte kept puttin
Rachel Maniacup
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone who wants to read this!^^
Recommended to Rachel by: Donita Luz
This is my first of Brigid Kemmerer,and I'm immediately smitten by her ultimately,impressive writing.I rarely encounter a different kind of story such as this,and I found this one surprisingly remarkable!

As I started reading Thomas' POV,I am instantly swept away into his world.I strongly felt for him that,whenever he's emotionally pained,I cried over and over for him.My heart did ache for him for all the frustrations he went through,and for all the horrible things that happened to him.'Cause rea
Donita Luz
"Loneliness is a funny disease. You don't realize how badly you're infected until someone gives you a shot of contentment-and then it wears off."
I knew I made the right decision to read this book just after reading the first page of the this book in the midst of having a book slump. You rarely meet a book that can grab and hold your attention that fast, but Thicker Than Water did it so effortlessly, at least for me. You see before this book, I've read like 2 books and I can't seem to finish
Danielle (Love at First Page)
After seeing the cover and the synopsis for the first time, Thicker Than Water was a book I immediately wanted to read. It’s a sort of murder mystery set in a small town, written from the perspective of two teens almost from different sides of the track. There’s Thomas, new to town, whose mother was recently murdered by way of strangulation. With no leads or evidence, the police are looking at Thomas as their most likely suspect. Then there’s Charlotte, the good girl, daughter to a police office ...more
Final rating: 4.75/5 stars

Loneliness is a funny disease. You don’t realize how badly you’re infected until someone gives you a shot of contentment—and then it wears off.

Brigid Kemmerer is amazing author. I love her Elemental series and when I saw that she wrote another book, I HAD to read it - that woman knows how to angst and write happy things.

I did not regret picking up this book and i certainly don't regret being surprised by it. I went into this story blind, without looking for
Marla Mei
I'm here because I've been attracted to you since the moment I saw you outside the church.

Yes that totally justifies hanging out with a guy who's suspected of murder. Come on, he's cute! Murder? How could he possibly?!

I'm here because you let your guard down around me sometimes, and I don't think you do that with anyone else.

Seeing as you're the only one who talks to him, what with him being a murder suspect and all. I can't imagine anyone else who would willingly off
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, ya, z2015, netgalley
* I received an arc from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This book REALLY surprised me. I wasn't expecting it to be as good as it was! Before I discovered Goodreads, I would read the first two pages (or so) of a book and decide then and there whether I thought the book would appeal to me or not. I still do that sometimes and I have to say this book is the first book in a long time to hook me in from the first 2 pages. I instantly knew I would like this book from the word go.

I th

Ermagerd that suspense! I loved this book. At first I was very frustrated with Charlotte, to the point of it taking away from the story but over time I was able to just shrug it off and get back into the plot. Thomas was an extremely sympathetic character and my heart ached for him.

I didn't really get a star crossed lovers vibe while reading this even though I know that seemed to be the intention. I definitely felt an attraction between the two leads but nothing as dramatic as the description i
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I adored the Merrick boys so when I knew we were getting a whole new book, once again from the male perspective AND by Kemmerer, I was all in.

No worries about not liking Thomas or the setting, or any other characters, I had complete trust that Kemmerer would deliver one heck of a story and mystery that would keep me turning the pages and on the edge of my seat and she came through like a champ.

In fact, I really did love this and the surprises along the way were all Kemmerer, what I have come to
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
3.5 Stars.
Thicker Than Water wasn't at all what I had expected. Intense, sultry and enjoyable for the most part. From the first few pages I gathered it was little more than a typical young adult contemporary but of course well written and engaging. Sweet, small town girl falls for the new bad boy in town, he's the town pariah and she wants to rescue his soul. They fall in love, he changes his ways and they live happily ever after. Thicker Than Water isn't that book. It's a complex contemporary b
Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
***3.5/4 Stars***

Thicker Than Water started out as an intriguing mystery that morphed into a paranormal story that had a sinister twist.  I easily fell into Thomas and Charlotte's world, and their first few interactions had so many feelings floating around in me.  Sympathy for Thomas being convicted as his own mother's murderer, especially since he was the one to find her.  Anger for how he was easily judged and convicted within others eyes.  Curiosity for Charlotte and if she would be his savin
Elle's Book Blog
I received an ARC copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

:: 4.5 Interesting Stars ::

This is a very well written and suspenseful read. Although readers should be warned that the plot takes a drastic change in the last 40% of the book. What readers are lead to believe in the first sixty percent will suddenly and dramatically be different than what is really going on in the story. Yikes… I just didn’t see that coming! This is a very unique read and I am happy
I've been waiting for what feels like years for a new book from Kemmerer. I make it no secret that her Elemental series is one of my absolute favourites. It's pretty much everything I want in a series of books. Thicker Than Water is a little different but still has Kemmerer's signature writing and fully developed and personality-filled characters.
Kemmerer does an excellent job of setting up what is ultimately a very head-scratching mystery. Obviously, with it being a mystery I can't give much aw
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

After her very successful Elementals series, which I loved dearly, I’ve been waiting for Brigid Kemmerer standalone project with bated breath. It promised to have everything I’ve come to love about her work: small town mystery, forbidden romance in dual point of view and plenty of excitement to go around.

Thicker Than Water started out wonderfully, though perhaps with an overabundance of negative feelings. It’s clear right away that no love is lost between Thomas and his new town. With his m
Jen Ryland
Torn a bit on this one. I've read some of Kemmerer's Elemental Series books, and at first seemed like she was trying something entirely new: until about the halfway point, this read like a contemporary YA murder mystery with a romance and everything seemed to have a bit of a Veronica Mars flair (there was a teenage murder victim named Lilly who was a friend of the main character).

But then quite a ways through the book, things took a rather unexpected turn -- or perhaps a more expected turn? -- a
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I was really intrigued by the premise of this book and that cover sucked me in, so I was pretty eager to read it.

I really liked Thomas and Charlotte. Their situation is interesting and I really enjoyed being able to see both sides of the story. I do wish Charlotte would have stood up for herself a bit more and not been so trampled in her family, but I loved her loyalty. And Thomas had me swooning without even trying.

The mystery of what was happening had me captivated. I am a huge fan of
★MC's Corner★

I am auto-approved by Kensington son yeah… I got the ARC of Brigid Kemmerer’s new book Thicker Than Water!

I love it!

At first, I said, ‘A non-paranormal/supernatural book by Brigid Kemmerer? Hmm… that’s interesting.’
Then halfway through the book… it was like the whole world (in the book) flipped suddenly.

*MC’s Corner*
Note: Spoilers.

• I can’t talk about what happened halfway through because that would TOTALLY SPOIL the whole story.
Don’t worry it was good. I didn’t expect it.

• The st
Siobhan Davis
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,
Summer (buttermybooks)
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OMG HOLY FREAKING PLOT TWIST. Normally I can predict a plot twist waaaay before it happens, but this time I was take by complete surprise. I honestly was completely wrong about what I thought would happen.. I’M STILL SHOCKED OMG.

This story is absolutely heart wrenching and I spent most of the book all tied up in knots over what would happen. Thomas was so great. I instantly loved him and his personality, which is more than I can say for Charlotte. She was a bit harder for me to bond with. Her fa
Liz Barnsley
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thicker than Water is a great YA mystery tale of the kind I love. Also it has the added benefit of being a novel that ended up completely surprising me. As this does not really happen that often I say YAY.

Thomas moved recently to a new town with his mother – one morning he discovers her dead, murdered. The prime suspect, he is viewed with caution by the whole community and Thomas is not exactly even tempered so he’s about to have a pretty hard time. However, help comes in the form of Charlotte,
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another Brigid Kemmerer book? Oh, yeah! I love her!

Okay, how many times does the release date have to change? It is back to January 2016. It was probably always that. Before that, it was December 2015. Before that, it was...well, January 2016. Before that, it was October 2015.

Will I survive, is the question... And, yes, I will. At least I hope I will. But I'm sure I will. There's plenty of books that can distract me until this book comes out.

3.5 Stars

Things you should probably know going in: this is paranormal. I had no clue about that so it was kind of jarring when it appeared.

Another thing to know: the title and cover make no sense (at least not to me).

However, the book itself was good, but I had a lot of issues. The story alone was enough to make me want to read it. Thomas is accused of his mothers murder. No one believes that he didn't do it except Charlotte who of course is the little sister to a family of cops. Murder mystery
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: love, paranormal, arc-15
My Initial Reaction :
No way no way! WTH?
You can't do this! You can't leave me hanging like THAT!
Is there another book? When is it coming out??

Okay okay. Let me calm down. I mean this is me freaking out because I want MORE.
This has Kemmerer written all over it: Fabulous Character building, interesting paranormal side track and the feels.... yeah THE FEELS... seriously don't ask me how she does it, but she does get exactly the reaction she wants from me, every freakn time. Maybe she is a bi
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Brigid Kemmerer is the New York Times bestselling author of dark and alluring Young Adult novels like A Curse So Dark and Lonely, More Than We Can Tell, and Letters to the Lost (Bloomsbury), as well as paranormal YA stories like The Elemental Series and Thicker Than Water (Kensington). A full time writer, Brigid lives in the Baltimore area with her husband, her boys, her dog, and her cat. When she ...more

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