Thicker Than Water

Finished Thicker Than Water by Kelly Fiore.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

Cecelia Price killed her brother. At least, that’s what the police and the district attorney are saying. And although Cecelia is now locked up and forced into treatment, she knows the real story is much more complicated.

Cyrus wasn’t always the drug-addled monster he’d become. He was a successful athlete, but when an injury forced him off the soccer field and onto pain medication, his life became a blur of anger, addiction, and violence. All CeCe could do was stand by and watch, until she realized one effective way to take away her brother’s drugs while earning the money she needed for college: selling the pills.

Soon, CeCe becomes part drug dealer, part honor student. But even when all she wants is to make things right, she learns that sometimes the best intentions lead to the worst possible outcome.

Thicker than Water is an unforgettable dark, harrowing look into the disturbing truth of drug addiction and the desperate love of a sister watching her brother deteriorate before her eyes.”

I’ve loved Kelly Fiore’s books since I read Taste Test, and this is easily her best one.  (No offense to the others.)  Those are just incredibly fun, sweet, fast reads and this one broke my heart.

CeCe carries around a lot of guilt for her brother Cy’s death and as a result, she doesn’t do that much work to participate in her own defense.  (We learn the exact circumstances of his death toward the end of the book, but we know that whatever it is, her involvement was enough to land her in legal trouble).

This book absolutely gutted me.  It’s so easy to feel guilty for things that aren’t your fault, but what CeCe was feeling…without going into specifics, let me just say that Kelly Fiore makes you absolutely feel everything CeCe does and will also give you so much empathy for every character in the book (even CeCe; even Cy).

Highly, highly recommended.

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