Thicker Than Blood by Madeline Sheehan and Claire C. Riley – Review


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.


I’m a massive The Walking Dead fan, so when I heard about Thicker than Blood I had to buy it and I’m so glad I did! What a story!

The focus is on Leisel and Evelyn but there are also some other amazing characters that help them along the way. The situations they find themselves in are harrowing which leads to heartache and despair but they also manage to find strength in each other. They both lost their husbands to the outbreak and ended up in a camp which was less than perfect, they wanted and deserved more and had each other’s backs, but would it be enough to support them all the way through. Alex was Leisel’s saviour and really a gentle giant, always quiet and watchful yet strong and determined at the same time. Jami loved Evelyn but she found it difficult to say the words back to him but in the end they both knew what would happen. 

“We’d all lived through our own horrors, and whether they showed on our skin or not, we all bore scars, didn’t we?”

This is a story not for the faint of heart, it’s full off anguish, awful situations, it’s brutal and raw and at times it takes your breath away! I sobbed through parts of the story yet seeing the gritted determination in both Lei and Eve gave me hope. I loved seeing the tender loving moments between the characters this added another depth to the story but one thing I will take from them is the love that never faltered towards their husbands, they looked back and rejoiced in what they had. This is a very moving story one that I won’t ever forget.

If I could give it more than 5* I would I loved every moment of it even when it broke my heart.

red 5 star



meet a

USA Today bestseller, Madeline Sheehan, is the author of the Holy Trinity series, and the Undeniable series.
Other works include the Thicker Than Blood series, dystopian novels co-written with Claire C. Riley, and their latest contemporary romance novel: Shut Up and Kiss Me.
For a listing of her short stories included in charity anthologies, please visit:


Claire C Riley is a USA Today Bestselling author as well as a #1 Bestselling British Horror Author. Her works include: Odium The Dead Saga, Limerence (The Obsession Series), Thicker Than Blood and Shut Up & Kiss Me.
She writes dark twisty words, is a lover of epic romances, and an eater of cake!
She writes characters that are realistic and kills them without mercy.
She lives in the UK with her three young daughters, husband, and scruffy dog.
For more information visit



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