Book Review

Thicker Than Water – Rachel McLean

Regular readers will know that I am a huge fan of Rachel McLean’s Division Bell trilogy, so I was so excited to be given the opportunity to take part in the blog blitz for another of her books. Many thanks to Rachel, and to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part, and for providing me with my copy of the book.


Six years after floods made her family homeless, Jess Dyer has found safety on the wild North Yorkshire coast. Her sister-in-law Ruth is forging a role as doctor to their community of refugees and the rock around which the family revolves.

But the family is haunted by memories of the journey north and the loss of their mother Sonia. And their community is under attack from the local population.

When Jess answers a distress call at sea, she brings strangers to their village and puts Ruth in jeopardy. Jess must calm the community, mount a rescue mission and keep her brother Ben from tipping into insanity.

Will she succeed? And will she find Ruth before it’s too late?

‘Thicker Than Water’ is a gripping thriller about family, belonging and revenge.

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When you read and love a trilogy by an author, you are always a bit nervous to pick up a book that falls outside that series, just in case your hopes are too high and it is disappointing. The good news is, Rachel McLean continues to triumph with this book. Although a complete departure from the political intrigue that had me hooked on the Division Bell trilogy, Thicker Than Water is just as gripping. In fact, if it hadn’t already been quite late in the evening when I started reading, I am quite sure it would have been a “read in one sitting” kind of book, especially as it’s one of those books with really short chapters so you can keep telling yourself, “Just one more chapter. One more won’t hurt,” and then suddenly it’s 3:00 in the morning!

Once again Rachel’s writing is so scarily near the mark of reality, as we watch the horror stories on the news of communities being devastated by the storms, earthquakes and tsunamis that are happening around the world.

From the instant the flood waters start to rise there is a sense of unease that runs right through the book. The displaced community is populated with people who have all left secrets behind them in their previous lives, some of which are threatening to come back to haunt them. On top of this, they are totally isolated within their community, unwanted by their near neighbours, and left to struggle and scavenge for their survival. All of this is before the real action of the book even begins, so I am sure you can see why I was reluctant to put the book down and go to sleep!

When strangers enter the community, that is when the unease develops into full blown danger. There’s not much I can say without giving things away that I am sure you would much rather discover for yourself. Let me just say, allow yourself plenty of uninterrupted reading time, because once you start you won’t want to stop.

I loved this book so much that I went hurrying off to look up the sequel to pre-order. I was in such a rush that I almost forgot that I am reviewing it next month on release day. I hope you will be as excited by that as I am. Oh, and if anyone wants to join me in mounting a campaign to get this made into a TV series, I am totally up for that. It would be perfect!


rachel mcleanMy name’s Rachel McLean and I write thrillers that make you think.

What does that mean?

In short, I want my stories to make your pulse race and your brain tick.

Do you often get through a thriller at breakneck pace but are left with little sense of what the book was really about? Do you sometimes read literary fiction but just wish something would damn well happen?

My books aim to fill that gap.

If you’d like to know more about my books and receive extra bonus content, please join my book club at I’ll send you a weekly email with news about my writing research and progress, stories and bonus content for each book. And I’ll let you know when my books are on offer.





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