Tuesday, 20 November 2018

#BlogBlitz: Divided We Stand by Rachel McLean @rachelmcwrites @rararesources #DividedWeStand


Published on 27th October 2018. My thanks to the author and the publisher for the review copy and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me on to the blog tour. You can get your copy:
Purchase Link:
US - https://www.amazon.com/Divided-We-Stand-chilling-surveillance-ebook/dp/B07GNP3Y53


Britain is a country under surveillance. Neighbours spy on neighbours. Schools enforce loyalty to the state. And children are encouraged to inform on their parents.

Disgraced MP Jennifer Sinclair has earned her freedom but returns home to find everything changed.

Rita Gurumurthy has been sent to a high security prison. When a sympathetic guard helps her escape she becomes a fugitive, forced to go into hiding.

To reunite her family and win freedom for her son and her friend, Jennifer must challenge her old colleague and rival, the new Prime Minister Catherine Moore.

Will Catherine listen to reason and remove the country from its yoke of fear and suspicion? Or will Jennifer have to reveal the secret only she knows about Catherine, and risk plunging the country into turmoil?


My Thoughts:

Divided We Stand is the third and final book in The Division Bell Trilogy. You can find my thoughts on the first two books here. I had been excited and apprehensive about reading Divided We Stand, scared about what final direction that it will take. 

The pace is on par with the other two and it is just as taut and thrilling. Of course I am not going to tell you the outcome. That would be to spoil for you the best series I have read in a long time. 

Rachel McLean writes with amazing skill, research and insight and her creation of the political landscape and the somewhat dystopian nature to these books is spectacular. 

The reader gets to meet Jennifer Sinclair and Rita Gurumurthy again and both of these characters are excellently drawn. Both these ladies are different but they are drawn together by circumstance. This is a battle for values, family and their lives as they wish to live them. They are fighting against an establishment and a government that has turned into Big Brother. I really admired both of their grit and determination to stick their heads above the parapet and be counted. 

This is hard hitting stuff and really made me think and continues to do so. Wonderful writing. 

About the Author:
I'm Rachel McLean and I write thrillers and speculative fiction.

I'm told that the world wants upbeat, cheerful stories - well, I'm sorry but I can't help. My stories have an uncanny habit of predicting future events (and not the good ones). They're inspired by my work at the Environment Agency and the Labour Party and explore issues like climate change, Islamophobia, the refugee crisis and sexism in high places. All with a focus on how these impact individual people and families.

You can find out more about my writing, get access to deals and exclusive stories or become part of my advance reader team by joining my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub.
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