Book Review: Thicker Than Water by Rachel McLean


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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My Review

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

I read The Division Bell trilogy and liked it, so I was happy to read Thicker Than Water. It took me quite a while to get into A House Divided (the first Division Bell book), and when I started this book, I was afraid it was going to be the same. Thankfully, I was wrong!

A community on the North Yorkshire coast has worked hard to survive after floods that wiped out their homes six years ago. They’re self-sufficient but on edge because they know there is danger lurking outside their community, and they always need to be on guard. At the same time, though, many believe they should help others in need. But how do they know when they can trust strangers?

Even with all of their precautions, they rescue strangers who are actually predators and they kidnap four of the women. Jess, the new leader of the community, heads a rescue party to save the women. Her sister-in-law, Ruth, is one of those kidnapped, and her brother is not dealing with it well. 

Meanwhile, Ruth is a strong woman and is determined to find a way to escape. The tension is intense as she makes her plans and deals with a man who she knows is going to rape her soon. Can she put him off long enough? She also knows there’s at least one other woman being kept captive. How can she save her? Or can she?

Thicker Than Water is filled with suspense as well as the complications of the relationships between characters who are realistic. I enjoy Rachel McLean’s writing and the more I read, the better it gets! I can’t wait to read Sea of Lies.  



Author Bio

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.

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