Thicker Than Blood
by Madeline Sheehan & Claire C. Riley
A true friendship never dies.
Leisel and Evelyn lost everything. Husbands. Families. Friends. Lives that made sense. All they had left was each other, and a friendship that could withstand anything…
Even an apocalypse.
Until one fateful night, the marginal safety they’d come to rely on comes to a vicious and brutal end. With the help of Alex & Jami, both unlikely allies, Leisel and Evelyn are able to escape their shattered sanctuary only to find themselves face-to-face with a much altered, much crueler life where they have to find the way—and the will—to stay alive in a world they no longer recognize.
Traveling across a broken and infection-ridden country; the road-weary group are pitted against endless violence, improbable circumstances, and the ultimate loss.
Everything comes at a price—especially safety, the cost of which could very well strip them of the one thing they’ve tried so hard to cling to: their humanity.
Yet along with all the trials they’re forced to endure, there’s also hope in the form of love. Having loved Leisel from afar, Alex attempts to put the pieces of her fractured heart back together.
But in such a savage world, is there room for love?
In a place of nightmares-made-reality, where the living should be feared far more than the dead, an unbreakable friendship and a love amongst all odds can mean the difference between life and death.
There are friends…
And then there are Leisel and Evelyn.
4.5 'Welcome to Hotel de la Zombie' Stars
A hard-hitting, action-packed, survival of the fittest apocalyptic horror story that delivers! Every aspect of this book is thwart with challenges but fought head on by two extraordinary friends and a good man who remembers what it's like to treat yourself and others with respect. The virus that struck our lands and eradicated most of the human species is a threat, but falling into the wrong hands of the living can be deadly.
Thicker Than Blood may be a little reminiscent of The Walking Dead but it also had a very profound and refreshing edge. Madeline Sheehan and Claire C Riley have written a very clever, shocking and upsetting story and weaved it with a beautiful friendship and growing love story that every reader will be able to appreciate and identify with, even if they are not necessarily into the whole zombie genre. Yes, their are 'rotters' roaming the earth, and no, it's not a pretty sight but this story reflects more on the adaptation of civilization, and what a very sordid and unsettling picture it paints.
Women are nothing but currency, slaves to sex, a chip to barter for food, shelter and clothes in a world that has very little left.
Once upon a time Liesel and Evelyn had it all. A happy marriage, a nice home and a good job. But everything changed when the virus struck and the dead started to walk. Running from their home, they found sanctuary in a place that offered shelter and hope but laden with a responsibility to keep the human race thriving, they were partnered off to a man not of their own choosing. They survived in their makeshift world, only to run for their lives when Leisel, having suffered at the hands of her abusive captive husband, killed him in cold blood to escape the harsh reality that all hope of a new and peaceful existence is gone.
Evelyn is more wayward, her newly acquired husband unaware of her sexual escapades with Jami, a guard at the compound. Upon hearing of her best friend's demise and being put to death over the murder of their leader, they, with the help of Jami and Alex, a guard and Leisel's one true savior, they barely make it out only to find they have left one hell for another, and their real journey is only just beginning...
I cannot tell you how many times I read this book holding my breath. The sheer excitement and anticipation of 'what happens next' is a theme here that kept me on my toes. Heart-pounding, nightmare-provoking and an all round great read that has you rooting for the characters and internally praying for their survival.
I enjoyed this book, and at the same time found myself hating parts of it because it scared me. I love The Walking Dead, it is one of my favourite shows, but the world these two ladies have created is genius as much as it is disturbing. This is not an easy read, it's angst ridden to the point of pain and I feel like I need to take a breather and ground myself back to reality, and thank bloody goodness for that!
A great story with interesting characters, which highlights the power of friendship and the strength and endurance of the human spirit. The fight for survival is ON!
Kelly - 4.5 Crowns