Rachel McLean: Thicker Than Water

Today I am delighted to be taking part in the blog blitz for Thicker Than Water. My review is written with thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the blog blitz and for my copy of the book.




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.




I read Rachel McLean’s The Division Bell Trilogy last year and it made my “Top Ten (ish) Books of 2018”, so I was excited to see what she would do with a more psychological element to the plot. The community which the characters inhabit is very different to my own lifestyle, and although it took me some time to get used to this, I found myself immersed in their way of life and the issues it presented for them.

Thicker Than Water is set both on the coast and on farmland, and the descriptions of the surroundings make it very easy to visualise the setting and picture what is happening there.

McLean’s  writing is very fast paced with the short chapters alternating between the search for the missing people and the scenes where the missing people are being held. This creates a lot of tension, and I read most of the book in a day, wondering if the rescue mission would be successful, and I could not rest until the missing people were found.

Jess and Ben also have a secret which runs through this novel, heightening the sense of danger and intrigue and I could not wait to find out what this was.

I am looking forward to seeing how the plot develops in the sequel, Sea Of Lies.

Thicker Than Water is available from Amazon.

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