Thicker Than Water

Thicker Than Water

by Maggie Shayne

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ISBN-13: 9781460395615
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 04/11/2016
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 113,970
File size: 479 KB

About the Author

RITA Award winning, New York Times bestselling author Maggie Shayne has published over 50 novels, including mini-series Wings in the Night (vampires), Secrets of Shadow Falls (suspense) and The Portal (witchcraft). A Wiccan High Priestess, tarot reader, advice columnist and former soap opera writer, Maggie lives in Cortland County, NY, with soulmate Lance and their furry family.

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Thicker Than Water

By Maggie Shayne


Copyright © 2005 Maggie Shayne
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0778322432

Sixteen Years Later Syracuse, NY

Mascara tears were so far beneath her that she could barely believe they would dare skim down her face. She speedyanked a half-dozen tissues from the hotel-issue dispenser and wiped the trespassers off. Then she cranked on the cold water, splashed her face and went still, staring at her reflection as the water dripped from her chin.

What would Dawn think of her if she saw her mom like this? Was this the way she was raising her daughter to be? Weak? Compliant? Afraid?

No. "I'm not paying the scrawny little bastard anymore," she whispered to her reflection. She stood a little straighter, lifted her chin a little higher. "No more. It's over. One way or another, it's finished."

She opened her purse and yanked out a compact. She wouldn't give the bastard the satisfaction of knowing he'd made her cry. No one made her cry. Hell, she was the one who was known for making other people weep. On the air, in front of the entire city. This idiot had jerked her around long enough. The fact that he'd dared to even try -- the fact that she had let him get away with it, even for a little while -- it was beyond the pale.

"What the hell was I thinking?" she asked her reflection, while her hands moved to automatically and expertly return her face to a state of near perfection."I'm not some little nobody. I'm Julie Fucking Jones."

The doorknob of the hotel's bathroom jiggled. She sent it a burning glance. "Keep your pants on, Harry. I'll be out by the time room service gets here with your goddamn celebratory champagne."

Footsteps moved rapidly away from the bathroom door. She paused, glanced down at the mascara she'd just pulled out of the handbag, and grimaced at it."Waterproof, my ass." She flung it at the wastebasket, then snapped the bag shut and turned on her heel to return to the other room -- to end this thing, as she should have done six months ago.

She flung open the door and stepped through it. "I don't know why it took so long," she said, her voice as firm and strong as it was when she was on the air. "But you've finally pushed me too far. It's finished, Harry. You're not getting another nickel from me. You can drop this now, or I'm going to go to your brother and tell him everything."

He sat in the small armchair, right where he'd been when she'd excused herself to go to the bathroom and gather her courage. As if he'd never moved. His back was to her. She could only see the top of his head. The little pink patch where his black hair was starting to thin. He said nothing, probably too surprised. She couldn't imagine why he hadn't been expecting this. Did he really think she would let him keep pushing?

"You can do whatever you want with the evidence, I don't care," she lied. She did care."If it goes public, Harry, you'll go to prison. I'll see to it, even it means losing everything. Nobody wrongs me like this, much less threatens my daughter, and gets away with it. Nobody."

She strode straight past him to the nightstand, wondering at the metallic smell in the air. He always brought copies of the damning evidence to these meetings. Always promised they were the last copies in existence as he sold them to her for large amounts of cash. Always insisted on closing the deal with a glass of champagne. And a month later, he always showed up with another set of demands. She looked down at the table. But the envelope was gone.

She turned slowly to face Harry. "All right, what did you do with the..."

Her voice tripped over a heartbeat when she faced him fully. He sat in the chair, just as he had before. Only now he was dead. The white dress shirt he wore was completely soaked in blood. So were his hands, and the chair itself, his shoes and the beige carpet underneath them.

Her gaze slid to his face again. The slightly open mouth. The wide, sightless eyes. The dark, gaping, bloody crescent in his long, skinny neck. Her body began to shake. A tremor formed somewhere down deep and worked its way outward to her hands and knees and even her head, lips, eyes. Fear gripped her heart like an icy fist as her gaze danced around the room. But no one else was there. Not now. She checked the tiny closet just to be sure, but it was empty. She was alone in the room, and Harry Blackwood was dead.

A wave of nausea rose up in her stomach as she lunged toward the door to turn the dead bolt. She barely got it done before she had to run for the bathroom again, and while she leaned over the toilet, she got so dizzy she nearly fell in.

When she could finally stop retching, she braced one hand on the tank to hold herself upright, knocked the lid down, flushed. Then she turned weakly to the sink to rinse her mouth.

It was as she turned the taps off again that she found herself blinking down at her hands on the knobs. And slowly a line of news copy printed itself across her mind.

Respected News Anchor Sole Suspect in Brutal Murder. Fingerprints Found at Scene. Blackmail Plot and Scandalous Past Uncovered.

"Details at eleven," she whispered softly. She was swimming in motive. And standing in the middle of a visit that spelled opportunity in 30-point type. She closed her eyes.

"No. No, goddammit." Yanking tissues again, she used them to wipe the faucet and valves, the toilet tank, its handle and anything else she had touched in the bathroom. She tossed the used tissues into the wastebasket, and then grabbed a washcloth from the stack, wet it and wiped down the counter, the doorknob, everything. She removed the plastic bag from the wastebasket and carried it with her back into the main part of the hotel room. When she bent to wipe off the nightstand she had touched moments ago, an icy chill whispered along her spine. The envelope. Where was the envelope? What if the killer had taken it?

"Jesus. What is this? How could anyone know what was in that envelope? And why would they take it if they didn't know, and..."

No time, not now, her mind whispered, and she found herself nodding in agreement. She had to move; she had to be smart, eliminate any hint of her presence and get the hell out of here, all unseen. She could not afford to panic.

Moving silently and quickly, her entire body still trembling, she wiped down the dead bolt, the doorknob, every surface and door frame in the room, anything she had even been close to, just in case she had rested her hand on any surface. She was careful, and she was thorough. She searched as she wiped. Every cupboard and drawer. She found a stack of selfhelp books by self-proclaimed psychics on the nightstand: John Andrews and Sylvia Brown and Nathan Z. But the envelope wasn't there. It wasn't under the bed. It wasn't in Harry's coat pockets or his shaving kit, and those were the only things in the entire room that belonged to him.


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Thicker Than Water 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
J: This book needs to be a 10 star! It is everything I love and more. It starts off with a bang and keeps on shooting; with so much suspense I almost called in sick for work to finish it. The story line is gripping, full of twists and turns, and the excitement has you on the edge of your seat. It is so well written with NO unnecessary "fluff", repetition or narratives. I connected with the characters instantly, the relationship developed logically and there was just the right amount of romance. There was also humor that made me laugh out loud at times. The background to this story sounds so familiar though that I went searching through my library for a prequel which I did not find.
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twilighfan More than 1 year ago
oh my gosh! i may be exaggerating my review but definitely this book is sooo AWESOME!!! i love the plot it's great! you would never know what will happen next that's why you'll kept turning the pages to next! and oh my gosh i just loved the character! Julie or Jewel is such a great,intelligent,independent and strong woman! my kind of woman! i'd love her character here very strong and independent at age of 16 she made her life complete and happy with a child in her hand and very succesful in her career! and Sean is such a sexy hoty man becomes her lover. i love the way they argue kind of sexy thing lol having great chemistry..and you'll feel the hot balance of their romance...and but ofcorz the ending your not going to expect it but sure your gonna ******* can't say the word! haha i swear your not gonna regret reading this book love the story it makes me cry a lil bit but everything there is balance the suspence,thrill,humor, and drama will make you stay up til 5 in the morning and finding yourself wake-up in the morning and continue reading! this is my first book of Ms.Maggie Shayne and i swear! it wouldn't be my last! her story is sooo great! i love the way she narrate and she tells you every characters been up to while some stuff happening in other side! i'll recommend this to all who loves Romance Suspence!!! :D
Guest More than 1 year ago
A superb who dun it! I could not put it down. I was reading it in Photography class, Helloooo, We work in a dark room! Plus it is my favorite class. Maggie Shayne has not made a mistake yet in any of hers books to my knowledge. She is the best. No lie. I promise that you won't be upset that you puchased it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If I could I would give this book 10 stars!! I couldn't put it down!!! It's a great mother daughter book, with a hint of romance, and tons of suspense!! MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thicker than water is the ultimate title for this book. This title truely compliments the entire contents of the book. The book its self reveals a true love between mother and daughter and the extent a mother and daughter whom are close will go to for eachother. I would recomend this book to any one. It starts out exciting and the ending is ablolutely wonderful. I never wanted to put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's been a long time since I have read a book with such unexpected twists! This one is fantastic. Just when you think you have got it figured, WHAM, it side-swipes you with a new development. I highly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Twilight Phantasies more than 10 years ago and at the time it was the best book I had ever read by a wonderful 'new' author. I've read a few of Maggie Shayne's book over the years, so when I saw Thicker Than Water in the grocery store 2 weeks ago, I had to get it! What an great investment that was!!! I finished it within a day and reaffirmed that Maggie Shayne is my absolute favorite author. I can't wait for the next one!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a can't put down book, it will keep you interested from page one to the end. do yourself a favor and add this to your list of to do's, by giving yourself some well deserved me time and enjoy the supence of maggie shayne in thicker than water.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This really was a great book. I've only read one other book by her ('The Gingerbread Man' but picked this one up and read it in a day. The characters were very real and came alive, and the action was mixed perfect with the romance. Loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Seventeen year old runaway Julie believes that her mentor, cult prophet Mordecai Young is insane and dangerous. She worries that he will choose martyrdom for him and his followers in their upcoming confrontation with the law. Julie fears for his infant daughter and the mother of the child Lizzie. The assault occurs, but Julie rescues the child. Lizzie and Mordecai apparently died in the fiery inferno. Sixteen years later, Julie is a successful Syracuse news broadcaster though raising Dawn on her own. Harry Blackwood, brother to a state senator, has blackmailed Julie threatening Dawn with information he obtained on their days in the cult. Julie confronts Harry, but finds him dead. Julie knows that the killer has the damaging information that Harry used on her. Though she feels he is an uncouth boar, Julie turns to her co-anchor Sean MacKenzie who observed her pull a crime scene stunt and a break and entering so he helps her while they fall in love. Though there has been a bundle of news romance tales especially in the movies, readers will appreciate THICKER THAN WATER. The story line is fast-paced as the seemingly prim and proper Julie tampers with a crime scene and breaks the law in an attempt to protect Dawn. Sean is an intriguing hero who cannot believe what Julie has been doing since the discovery of a dead Harry. Though the final twist or two seem odd, fans of exhilarating romantic suspense thrillers will want to read Maggie Shayne¿s fine tale. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the intro of the book and bought it thinking it was a Rachel DeLuca book, instead its a re-release of a book I already have and have read
DJAERA07 More than 1 year ago
Awesome Book! Maggie always does great research to make her books believeable and as accurate in detail as possible, and this book is no different! Wonderful!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very well written story. I couldn't put it down. Read it in one day. Lots of suspense and drama with some romance thrown in.