Thicker Than Water – Rachel Maclean

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?



My review

The story starts with a prologue in the present and in chapter one the clock has been turned forward 6 years.

The author outlines live in a small community of people being brought together after a serious ordeal and now they are trying to survive with the little means they have. Although it’s though they seem to be able to make it work until disaster strikes again and the past that was hidden for a long time comes back to haunt some of them, but affecting the whole village.

Can they work together to  solve everything or do some prefer to go solo? Can they go back to their peaceful life or have some relationships been broken for ever?

The author leaves us in the dark for a very long time before she starts unravelling the past but this only wants to make you keep on reading.

The very short chapters which I like very much add speed to the story and there is a lot going on.

The only thing that was not clear for be was that I can’t really situate the story in time. Is it dystopian? I can’t imagine that after six years the situation would still be the it was in the story in our society?

There were parts that I liked, but it was not really my cup of tea. 3 stars.

Thank you, Rachel McLean and Rachel’s Random Resources.


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 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 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.

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