by Maggie Shayne

November 2003
ISBN: 1-55166-737-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Julie Jones collides with arch nemesis and enemy, Sean MacKenzie at the murder scene of a politicianís brother. Sean is great at tracking down secrets people donít want exposed and it quickly becomes obvious that Ms. Jones is hiding something from her past. As he begins to try and unravel the clues, he finds himself being pulled closer to Julie and her daughter, Dawn. He no longer wants to know the secrets to destroy her, he sees she is in trouble and wants to help her. The problem is will Julie trust him enough to be honest with him and let him help her?

Julie has had a rough, scandalous past. She has a lot to hide and a lot at stake if her secrets come to light. At all costs, she will do whatever it takes to protect her daughter, Dawn from the truth and the consequences of the truth. Someone keeps trying to expose her, someone other than Sean, and she begins running out of options for help. Although, Sean is there and willing she has to wonder what his true motives are.

The constantly emerging background story of Julieís life is riveting. This story examines some very confusing issues, such as cults and what inspires someoneís loyalty to them. Though, there arenít any real answers to these questions and others inspired by this topic, the characters are led on their own quests for what makes followers and leaders tick. Knowing the fanatic of cult followers and leaders, is it any wonder that this book will captivate and intrigue the readers? At almost every page the reader is left in that gripping the seat suspense and will find it very hard to put the book down.

There are pieces to the puzzle that the reader will probably figure out chapters before it is revealed but with the element of surprise and suspense, there are always those few tiny details that arenít revealed and most times readers will overlook, that make the ending gripping. While I confess to thinking the puzzle solved, several times before the end of the novel, alas, there were a few moments in the ending that had me not only surprised but even breathless with anticipation as some of my predictions are acted out.

I would have to say, I highly recommend Thicker Than Water for any romance or suspense reader.

Reviewed in October 2003 by Katy.

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