I have a second review for you all today, this time for A House Divided by Rachel McLean. This book is the first in the Divided Bell Trilogy and I am very excited about it. Keep your eyes peeled for more on this brilliant trilogy throughout the rest of the year.
Jennifer Sinclair is many things: loyal government minister, loving wife and devoted mother.
But when a terror attack threatens her family, her world is turned upside down. When the government she has served targets her Muslim husband and sons, her loyalties are tested. And when her family is about to be torn apart, she must take drastic action to protect them.
A House Divided is a tense and timely thriller about political extremism and divided loyalties, and their impact on one woman.
You can read an extract of A House Divided here.
Living in rural England, I can’t even begin to comprehend the extent of racial tensions in our cities. Even though you hear about it on the news, it always feels slightly removed from my life. As such, reading this book served as a real eye opener for me. The stark realities presented within it mean that is not always a comfortable read, but it is an important one. Whilst obviously written as a work of fiction, it feels a little scary to read something that seems so close to the reality that we are living in.
I found it particularly interesting to read a book of this nature told from the perspective of a white woman, married to a Muslim man, working within the government. Her personal struggle with loyalty to her country, and her fellow Ministers, conflicting with love for her family felt very real. For me, her actions and reactions felt very relatable, as her life spirals out of control around her, and she is surrounded by betrayal and lies.
A House Divided is a fascinating read, if somewhat unsettling, and I am looking forward to seeing how the story unfolds through the rest of the trilogy.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I’m Rachel McLean and I write thrillers and speculative fiction.
I’m told that the world wants upbeat, cheerful stories – well, I’m sorry but I can’t help. My stories have an uncanny habit of predicting future events (and not the good ones). They’re inspired by my work at the Environment Agency and the Labour Party and explore issues like climate change, Islamophobia, the refugee crisis and sexism in high places. All with a focus on how these impact individual people and families.
You can find out more about my writing, get access to deals and exclusive stories or become part of my advance reader team by joining my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub.
Many thanks to Rachel McLean, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources, for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour, and for providing me with a copy of the book.