Thomas Bellweather is the prime murder suspect in his own mother’s death; middle of the night, locked doors, only the two of them inside the house. He can’t explain it. Which makes him the target for every cop in town who believes he did it. The only one’s not to see him as guilty straight away are Stan (his new step-father) and Charlotte (the sweet girl with three cop brothers and a cop daddy).
Kemmerer’s style of writing is very enjoyable to read, flowing nicely into each scene. And I love the flirty banter between Thomas and Charlotte. That was delicious. I would hate to be this author’s teenage child because she’s already thought of the worst possible scenario (written it) and so will know what you’re planning before you even try to sneak out of the house. Using “babysitting” as an excuse, bad idea.
But the paranormal element is still too convenient and tidy. That was a big letdown. It was a really interesting power (no spoiler), just done too late in the book. Would’ve preferred if it had been the seedy side of humanity who’d done the murdering, without paranormal. Not that it destroys the story, it’s just too clean for my liking. It’s hinted at throughout the start that things are not what they seem. Just little moments here and there where Thomas can’t explain how someone has gotten hurt even though he swears he didn’t touch them. Very subtle. Almost too subtle to make the paranormal connection early.
In fact, when the other murder with similarities to his mother’s was mentioned, my brain kept trying to figure out if maybe mother dearest was having an affair and let her killer into the house, just like the previous. Every other possible solution was coming to mind. But they were all wrong.
And there was the part with Charlotte dreaming about the murder of a girl and solving it… too easy. Too lame. That was really annoying and I’m going to pretend it never happened.
Thomas is that cute guy that we all want to flirt with… and other things. Charlotte is a little too sweet (I think she gave me a cavity) and nice and stupid; duh, don’t go chasing the guy wanted for murder into the woods where you’ll be alone and no-one knows where you are, again. But we can live with that because of Thomas. He makes up for it with mystery, sexiness, and flaws. You can understand why she was drawn to him and kept on making stupid mistakes and getting him deeper into trouble.
This was a very well written story; the only thing missing was a decent explanation that didn’t involve the paranormal.