Release Date: December 29, 2015
Publisher: Kensington Teen; 322 pages
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…
You guys. This book had me in tears more often than I'd really like to admit. The emotions she brought out in me was insane. Thomas' struggle was heartbreaking and just downright awful. It's never easy to lose someone you love; I'm pretty sure a lot of us have been there and if you haven't, I don't wish it on anyone. You never get over the loss but you just learn to cope with it and live your life as much as you can, even with that emptiness inside of you. But to have no one there to support you, to be that shoulder to cry on or at least keep you upright - no, I can't imagine going through that. How real it felt, like I was actually a bystander watching this whole thing unfold, it was hard. My emotions got the best of me and all I wanted to do was be that shoulder he needed. Be that support he didn't have.
She brought me in to the story right off the bat, she connected me to Thomas from page one and I felt protective of him. I liked Charlotte, but I hated her family and I hated her upbringing. I can't imagine being stuck in a family that is that old fashion. My father is pretty old school, though he's gotten a little be more relaxed as us kids have gotten older but he was tough growing up with and his ways of seeing things. I can't even imagine being in this family. Not just old fashion, but all cops.
I didn't see part of the story coming. I mean, I did and I didn't. But I like that I was still surprised and still excited in the direction it went. I never once stopped supporting Thomas, even with everything he was going through (and wow, did he go through A LOT in this book). I was still rooting for Charlotte to break out of the mold and be her own person, which I felt she did quite a lot. She loves her family though, so it always felt like there was an internal tug-of-war going on inside.
I love this book and I cannot praise it enough. I've already told my soon-to-be sister-in-law that she'll need to read this book once I have it in my hands (which she uses me and my books are her personal library) and my mom, who enjoys reading a lot of the same books, as well. I will have this book soon (as I'm going to her launch event on Saturday) and I can continue spreading the love for it around.
I am begging Kensington to not let this be a standalone. This needs to grow - there's so many things left unsaid, so many aspects of this story not yet touched that need to be. This can't be all there is for Thomas. It's just the beginning and I'm begging you to let his story to be told. As long as Brigid wants to tell it, that is.
Thank you so much to Kensington for allowing me the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.