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.
First, I have to tell you I never read a book by Rachel McLean before this one. I think when you would like to discover this it’s better to read the first one in this series. Now I just fell into a story in the future and I had no clue about what really happened in the past.
Thicker than water starts with a self-sufficient community on the North Yorkshire coast. Six years ago a flood almost completely destroyed the United Kingdom. Jess and her brother Ben could survive and found a safe haven.
In this village they have begun a new life with other inhabitants and their group has developed a system of law and order. A steward is democratically chosen and their task is to hold the community together. When a new steward stands up, this isn’t the right decision for everyone. After a criticized rescue at sea, the new steward has organised, a nightmare appears. The situation gets out of control when beloved ones are in danger. Jess has to maintain peace and has to let the townspeople believe she is capable to solve the mystery. Ben, her brother is going insane when his lovely Ruth is in jeopardy. Ben is not the only one who is almost flipping, the whole community is angry and rebellion is not far away. The dangerous journey will reveal the ugly truth and nothing will ever be the same again.
Thicker than water is an easy crime read, with short chapters and an unexpected twist. It’s an entertaining crime story, but unfortunately it didn’t grip me as expected. Maybe I will love the next one more. The book is told from different perspectives and the tension is nicely builds up, but I was a bit disappointed. Perhaps I had loved it more when the story had more depth.
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.
If you’d like to know more about my books and receive extra bonus content, please join my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub. I’ll send you a weekly email with news about my writing research and progress, stories and bonus content for each book. And I’ll let you know when my books are on offer.
Titel: Thicker than water |Auteur: Rachel McLean| Uitgeverij: Rachel Mccollin Ltd | Categorie: Fantasy & Science fiction| Uitvoering: paperback | 370 pagina’s | ISBN13: 9781999878252 | Verkrijgbaar sinds: mei 2018 |Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 11-03-2019 | Prijs: € 16,99 | Bestellen