I gave Thicker than Water 5* out of 5*
Thicker than Water is the third book in the Grayson trilogy and is a brilliant ending to the series.
Emma Grayson’s story continues at Melton Manor; living in the cottage on the estate and responsible for the stables. Emma and Trent marry but there are still problems surrounding the criminal Polzin organisation,
Having read Before the Dawn (the second of the series) I immediately turned to this last. The final book of a good trilogy pulls together all the loose strings that unravel in the first two novels. This is no exception. Surprising, thrilling. Best of all, satisfying. Yet there is always the feeling of regret when the last page is read.
So, not to spoil things, I won’t give away the story but will let the book blurb entice:
There are tough times ahead for Emma Grayson in the final part of these mysterious and romantic adventure stories as she struggles to move on from her old life.
‘Vaguely aware of the tremor in my hand I ran my fingers up through the thick locks of his dark hair. Fear clutched at my heart as I sensed the icy tendrils of grief reaching for me once more.’
As the overseas action steps up a gear for Trent, Emma has her own challenges to face. Loyalties are tested and vengeance sought when she attracts interest from an unwelcome source.
Because someone is coming. Someone who has Emma in their sights.
Someone who will turn her life upside down… forever.
Told mainly from her own reflective viewpoint, we see that the protagonist Emma has grown from the fragile wary character initially portrayed by the author in the first book, A Single Step, into an even more rounded character; strong, courageous, even heroic. Finally she is now shown to be equal with Trent. In turn, he has become more empathetic, more multi-faceted. And, as the trilogy has progressed, the secondary characters have become more rounded; Turner, Carlton, Grace, Greene. I also liked the characterization of the two children.
The descriptions of the settings are evocative and compelling, giving a real sense of place.
Both the dialogue and the narrative is strong, decisive and carries the reader along with some heart-stopping moments amongst the many twists and turns but the pacing steadily builds to a satisfying denouement.
Georgia Rose tells a great story; a cross genre of contemporary romance and crime,Thicker Than Water is the perfect ending to this trilogy. I highly recommend it.
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