Book Review: One of Us by Rachel McLean

‘Leave, or die.’

Jess Dyer has won safety for her sister-in-law Ruth and proved her worth as the leader of her refugee community.

Sarah Evans has stood up to her parents and discovered who she can trust.

But the villagers still aren’t welcome. When the local population expresses its anger, can Jess keep everyone safe? And can she hold it together as Steward when someone she loves dies?

And how will Sarah react when her new fiance Martin receives death threats, telling him he must leave her, and their village?

One Of Us is a gripping thriller about belonging and acceptance. It’s the third book in the Village trilogy and the sequel to Sea Of Lies.

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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. I had read Thicker Than Water and Sea of Lies, the first two books in this trilogy, and was looking forward to reading the last one.

Six months ago, several women were kidnapped from the refugee community but the women are still trying to deal with the abduction. A couple of them are dealing in healthy ways and a couple aren’t dealing with it very well.

At the same time, the nearby town of Filey has had an explosion and a lot of the citizens have lost their homes. They’re now expecting the refugee community to share their housing even though they’re not welcome in town.

It seems like all hell has broken loose, and the steward of the refugee community, Jess, is having trouble keeping up. Not only does she have a lot to take care of but her brother fights her at every turn. It’s quite annoying because it doesn’t matter what the subject is, he disagrees with Jess.

There is a wide array of characters. I like how the author portrays most of them as all good or all bad at the beginning but by the end, the reader learns that not everything is as it seems. I was surprised at how much a couple of the characters had changed since the first book.

The end of the trilogy was a little unexpected but it was a good ending.

About the Author

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 a 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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