Thicker Than Water

Author – Rachel McLean.  My 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 rachelmclean.com/bookclub. 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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Publisher – Catawampus Press

Pages – 372

The Blurb –

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.

Today is my stop on the Thicker Than Water review.  Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to read and review.

My thoughts – I enjoyed this book.  You will find her reasons for the theme at the end of the book, but in this current climate (no pun intended!) it really does make you think.

She has took scenario that is well within the realms of possibility and created some very well rounded characters especially in Jess and Ben.  I found myself wanting to know more about their back story and this is drip fed to you as the story unfolds.

Although the main story is about revenge, there are lots of other themes explored such as sibling rivalry, regret, leadership and loyalty.

I am looking forward to reading the next in the series.  It was also nice to see in acknowledgements a mention for Birmingham.

Purchase Links – Thicker Than Water

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