Jennifer Sinclair’s fight to save her political career, her family and her freedom has failed. Traumatised by prison violence, she agrees to transfer to the mysterious British Values Centre.
Rita Gurumurthy has betrayed her country and failed the children in her care. Unlike Jennifer, she has no choice, but finds herself in the centre against her will.
Both women are expected to conform, to prove their loyalty to the state and to betray everything they hold dear. One attempts to comply, while the other rebels. Will either succeed in regaining her freedom?
Divide and Rule is 1984 for the 21st century – a chilling thriller examining the ruthless measures the state will take to ensure obedience, and the impact on two women.
I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
I read A House Divided, the first book in the Division Bell Trilogy, and found it interesting and a little scary. Jennifer Sinclair was a minister with the government and ended up in prison because her teenage son associated with the wrong crowd and he was staying at her place in London. Because of the new laws and the way that they’re currently interpreted, Jennifer is convicted of harboring a terrorist!
Divide and Rule begins with Jennifer being transferred from prison to a different facility, the British Values Centre, that is supposed to be better. She’d been having problems with her cellmate so she’s willing to try it. It ends up being better than living with that cellmate, but she finds that they are trying to brainwash everyone to conform to the will of the government. The longer Jennifer is there, the more horrified and hopeless she becomes. She also realizes that she can trust no one.
My interest was captured immediately in Divide and Rule and it kept my attention throughout. Rachel McLean’s writing flows well and the characters are well developed and complex. I felt like I was right there was these poor women. The ending was a surprise and I’m looking forward to reading the third book and finding out what happens.
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.
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