Book Review: A House Divided by Rachel McLean


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.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

In today’s climate, there are challenges for Muslims and their loved ones because of terrorism performed by radical Muslims. There are a lot of people who don’t seem to realize, or don’t want to understand, that radical Muslims are a very small percentage of that religion. A House Divided takes place in the near future and conveys what could actually happen in a nation and in one Muslim family.

A House Divided is based on events in our world today. Being set in the UK, I learned a lot about their political system since the main character, Jennifer, is a government minister with a Muslim family. She’s torn between her government and her family and has to take a stand, but it’s not an easy thing to do. And of course there is a strain on not just her marriage but her family as the government’s policies become more and more extreme.

Rachel McLean’s writing flows well and the characters are well developed and complex. The story was interesting but started out slowly. It wasn’t until the last third of the book that it really kept my interest. 

I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the Division Bell trilogy.  I have to find out what happens because of the way it ended!!




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

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