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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
Eddy and Will LeBarron are brothers who seem to have nothing in common, and their differences in character and values are the driving force behind Geoffrey Carter’s Thicker Than Water. This is a poignant story about family and the environment, one which leaves you breathless and waiting for the next turn of events as you delve deeper into its intriguing plot. Eddy is an opportunistic real estate salesman while Will is an introvert who enjoys his connection to nature as a forest ranger. Their fraternal relationship is about to be tested when they inherit a vast tract of wilderness. Eddy wants to develop the land while Will wants to preserve it. This inheritance is going to become the biggest source of their philosophical differences: one that will involve a spilling of blood.
Thicker Than Water has a host of serious and well-articulated ideas that give full meaning to that old adage of being your brother’s keeper, providing a thought-provoking intersection between personal values and commercialism. It is a powerful portrayal of fraternal antipathy and love. Geoffrey Carter is a master when it comes to writing gripping scenes, and you can feel that awkward tension between the two brothers: their grownup quarrels amplified by the contrast of their closeness when they were children. It offers a good balance in the narrative as you come to learn, by the end, who truly inherits the land. It is a rediscovery of priorities and what truly matters, a story that cannot be easily ignored. In its brutally honest and observant writing, Thicker than Water runs smoothly in its examination of fraternal tension, bitterness, murder, and ultimately love.