Thicker Than Water
By: Kelly Fiore
Released: January 5, 2016
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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. (Goodreads)
Wow Thicker Than Water is a memorable and well written story. Fiore takes on a really serious topic and handles it well.
Thicker Than Water is the story of Cece whose brother was addicted to prescription drugs. As she stands by and watches her brother become more and more addicted, she takes advantage of the opportunity to make some extra money for college by selling his pills. Now according to most people, Cece is responsible for her brother's death.
Cece is a complex protagonist. She is flawed and she's made mistakes. She is also living with a lot of guilt on her conscience. I really like how the story alternates between the past and present. It shows this contrast between what her life was like when her brother first started taking the pills to how it continued to escalate over time. There are also some interesting side characters, but I felt like you never got to know any of them all that well. Cece does have a really complicated relationship with her father though. That whole aspect of this story is interesting too.
The plot is paced well and as I mentioned earlier, I really like how it alternates between the past and present. It not only built up the suspense as to how Cece ended up in a treatment center, but it also helps the story move along. The plot deals various topics such as drug abuse, loss, and financial struggles.
Fiore especially does a really excellent job with the topic of drug abuse. She shows in a realistic and brutally honest way how drug addiction can escalate. She also shows the effects it has on not only the addict, but the addicts family and loved ones. Reading through Cece's perspective as she watches her brother struggle with addiction was difficult at times. Fiore talks about her own personal experiences and the research she did on addiction in the Author's Note at the end of the book. That experience and research truly shows in the story itself.
Thicker Than Water is an important and heartbreaking story that I absolutely recommend picking up. This is a story that will stick with me for a very long time.