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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.
Wow, this author sets out to make you think and she certainly succeeds in this thrilling, timely, dystopian story. With all the warnings about the impact of global warning and climate change this story imagines the impact of devastating floods on life in the UK, focussing on a family who escaped from flooded London travelling to live in a small, isolated community on the North Yorkshire coast near to Filey. However, this is not a tranquil existence as other locals resent them, things we take for granted are no longer available, there’s no reliable power sources, law and order has broken down and they are under constant threat from them. When they spot a ship in distress and rescue the three strangers on board they hadn’t expected the impact on their community, families, lives and relationships. There are secrets from the past coming to haunt some of them, vengeance is being sought and danger surrounds them all.
This is a well paced, character driven thriller where obsessions affect behaviours and reactions. It is only through the relationships amongst this close knit community that they have any hope of surviving but even that is now in peril. Can they work together, putting some concerns behind them to move on to a future together or will the past be seriously detrimental and threaten the safety and well being of them all? This is part of a series but still works well as a standalone – I haven’t read any other books in the series and still enjoyed this one.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest opinion after choosing to read it.
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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Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for providing materials for this post and organising the blog tour it is part of. The review is my own, honest opinion after choosing to read this book.