ARC Review: Thicker Than Water-Brigid Kemmerer

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synOn 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…

review3/5 Stars

***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Kensington Books.


  • Thomas is sensitive, yet elusive. He evades and keeps to himself but when he opens up, it’s packed with honest, raw emotion that will have you falling for him just as hard as Charlotte. His sadness is poignant and his confusion will make you second guess everything. Thomas’ emotions propel the story forward and add to the mystery. They’ll make you keep reading, you’ll have to know whether or not he did it.
  • Charlotte and Thomas have killer chemistry 😉 the wide-eyed innocence meets full-frontal flirting will leave you laughing and charmed. They’re adorable together. The sweet blushes, indecent thoughts, and the fact that they keep coming back to each other, no matter the risk, the heat is undeniable. Some parts are mature for the younger YA audience. Alternating POVs let you get every second of tension and dirty thoughts as their relationship evolves. 
  • Secondary characters were all engaging, unique, and memorable. They had flaws and lots of personality that made you want more of each of their stories. Charlotte’s BFF Nicole is ballsy, hilarious, and a lot pervy. She’s great for one liners and creative, inappropriate musings. Ritz crackers. That is all. 


  • The twist was shocking, yes, satisfying, no. It’s one of those moments where you ask yourself was that necessary and wonder why the author took that turn when the original path was already incredibly engrossing. Because of this “twist”, the story reads like two separate books that don’t quite fit together. While it does slip into the plotline, it’s far from seamless and a little messy.
  • Some sections are slow. There’s a lot of internal dialogue that rambles a bit, though it increases the emotional connection to characters. 
  • It’s hard to believe. Not only the twist but the detective work in general. That there would be an arrest so quickly without evidence and so many leaps and bounds in the investigation, all assumptions took away from the authenticity of a true crime story. Had there been more detail on the murder itself, what was missing, what evidence they did have, maybe more information from the many, many cops involved and mentioned, it would have added a layer of believability. Instead, it feels like the investigation is hanging on by a thread and kind of a joke, despite the severity of the murder. 

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Pleasant reading, 


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