Rachel McLean

– Thrillers That Make You Think

Book Recommendations: Family

My first book, Thicker Than Water, is about a family going through some tough times. Flooding, homelessness, internal feuds, kidnapping, the list goes on.

So I thought for this book recommendations post I’d include some psychological thrillers featuring families. Often families who hate each other, at least for part of the book!

Brothers & Sisters by Adele O’Neill

Brothers & Sisters by Adele O'Neill

This is a book that a lot of people who read Thicker Than Water have also enjoyed, so you might too.

What lengths would you go to protect the ones you love?

When the complex web of dark family secrets begins to gradually unravel, Tim and his sister Rose are consumed by trying to protect their 46-year-old secret, a secret that was never meant to be told.

Faced with an impossible dilemma, they must decide whether to tell the truth or face the consequences.

One thing’s for sure, nothing remains buried forever…

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The Child by Fiona Barton

This is another book that’s popular with readers of Thicker Than Water.

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers it’s impossible to ignore.

For one woman, it’s a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her.

For another, it reveals the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered.

And for the third, a journalist, it’s the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth.

The Child’s story will be told.

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The Sisters by Claire Douglas

Sisters are a recurring theme – in Thicker Than Water, I have a brother and sister, but the relationship between the sisters-in-law Jess and Ruth is crucial to the story. This book features sisters who are no longer together, but the death of one leaves a shadow that falls ominously over the other.

One lied. One died.

When one sister dies, the other must go to desperate lengths to survive

After a tragic accident, still haunted by her twin sister’s death, Abi is making a fresh start in Bath. But when she meets siblings Bea and Ben, she is quickly drawn into their privileged and unsettling circle.

When one sister lies, she must protect her secret at all costs

As Abi tries to keep up with the demands of her fickle friends, strange things start to happen – precious letters go missing and threatening messages are left in her room. Is this the work of the beautiful and capricious Bea? Or is Abi willing to go to any lengths to get attention?

When the truth outs, will either sister survive?

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Thicker Than Water by Rachel McLean

Thicker Than Water book coverAnd, as is traditional in these book recommendation posts, I’m including my own at the end.

Six years after floods made her family homeless, Jess Dyer has found safety on the wild North Yorkshire coast.

Ruth Dyer 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 has to 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.

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