Thicker Than Water by Rachel McLean – Book Review



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.



Thicker Than Water is the debut novel by author Rachel McLean. A post-disaster thriller.

Set in the near future on the North Yorkshire coast and the UK has flooded, the Thames Barrier breached and a lot of the country is now under water…..the survivors have settled into small isolated communities, scraping a living from the land and what they can find. 

They have set up a kind of government where a steward is in charge, but most decisions are made by discussions and votes. Jess is the new steward but her brother, Ben is very upset as he feels he she has stolen his job…how important is family ? And will the be able to resolve their issues?

Ben’s wife, Ruth was a vet but now administers to everyone using the meagre supplies they have…

One night, Jess sees a distress signal at sea and the community manage to rescue three men from the freezing water, and get them to land. There is some discussion as to what to do with them , but they find somewhere far them to stay…while discussion continues…..

But……then they disappear….and some of the women with them, including Ruth…

This is where the story really gets going….there’s kidnap, secrets, and a daring rescue attempt. Who is Robert ? What is his relationship to Ben? 

A really gripping thriller with so much happening to keep you totally engrossed…..wonderful expressive writing. I’d love to know more about how the country fell apart in such away and I’ll be looking out for more by Rachel McLean that’s for sure….

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

Buy a copy here

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.

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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4 responses to “Thicker Than Water by Rachel McLean – Book Review”

  1. Quite a different story I loved this. Seems like a good thriller. Lovely review 😍

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    1. It is…..all about society after the UK floods….

      Liked by 1 person

  2. The premise certainly sounds unique and so good. Great review.

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