Book Review

Divided We Stand – Rachel McLean

At long last I can tell you all about the final book in the Division Bell Trilogy! If you haven’t read the first two books, can I suggest reading them before you read the rest of this post because otherwise there will be spoilers aplenty. You can read my reviews of A House Divided and Divide and Rule here.


Britain is a country under surveillance. Neighbours spy on neighbours. Schools enforce loyalty to the state. And children are encouraged to inform on their parents.

Disgraced MP Jennifer Sinclair has earned her freedom but returns home to find everything changed.

Rita Gurumurthy has been sent to a high security prison. When a sympathetic guard helps her escape she becomes a fugitive, forced to go into hiding.

To reunite her family and win freedom for her son and her friend, Jennifer must challenge her old colleague and rival, the new Prime Minister Catherine Moore.

Will Catherine listen to reason and remove the country from its yoke of fear and suspicion? Or will Jennifer have to reveal the secret only she knows about Catherine, and risk plunging the country into turmoil?

Divided We Stand Ebook


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Well, what can I say. I am a little sad that I have now reached the end of the Division Bell Trilogy. I thoroughly enjoyed every book, and the finale certainly did not disappoint. Rachel McLean continues to create a grim picture of the state of the UK in the early 2020s, writing in a way that makes you feel that this story could really be the newspaper headlines in the not too distant future.

Although the subject matter of the entire trilogy could, and perhaps should, make for uncomfortable reading, Rachel’s writing style is such that you just cannot stop reading. Divided We Stand is one of those books that you can’t help but read quickly to see what happens (and to find out if there is any hope for redemption for our country), but at the same time you find yourself trying to read more slowly so that it lasts just a little bit longer.

Over the course of the trilogy, I had become attached to a number of characters, and I was pleased to see that Rachel gave each of these characters their own conclusion and I wasn’t left wondering about anyone’s fate, be that good or bad.

Having said earlier this year that political thrillers were not my usual choice of genre, it is safe to say that the Division Bell Trilogy has well and truly converted me, and I look forward to seeing what Rachel comes up with next.


rachel mclean

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





My thanks go to Rachel for allowing me to part of the blog tours for all three parts of this fantastic trilogy, and for providing me with my copy of the books, and also to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for making it so easy to take part.

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