Sea of Lies by Rachel McLean – Book Review

Sea of Lies by Rachel McLean – Book Review




He abducted her. He fell in love with her. He helped her escape. Can she trust him?

Sarah Evans has returned home after being abducted and held in a dilapidated farmhouse by a group of men.

With her is Martin, who turned against the other men to help her escape. He says he’s not like them, and claims to be in love with her.

Can Sarah trust Martin? Does she share his feelings? Or should she listen to her father, himself deceitful and abusive, and turn her back on the relationship?

Sea of Lies is a chilling psychological thriller about secrets, trust, and a family falling apart.

A standalone sequel to Thicker Than Water



“Dawn pulled Sarah into the house and closed the door behind them. She was like a startled animal, breathing in sharp bursts and looking around her with small, quick movements.”

Sea of Lies is the sequel to Rachel McLean’s Thicker than Water. It is easily read as a stand-alone, but for a bit more background to the characters it is worth reading book one….

Sea of Lies continues where Thicker Than Water left off and is the continuing tale of the refugee village community when the kidnapped women return after their ordeal.

They also bring back, Martin….one of those responsible for the kidnapping and this causes a lot of bad feelings within the small community.

We follow the relationship between Martin and the village residents…the police also appear after a murder (or murders ?)….as if they haven’t enough to deal with! 

It has some great characters, Sarah and Ruth, the vet turned doctor, it also has domestic violence and fear. It’s a story of relationships, trust and betrayals in this gripping psychological thriller.

I really enjoyed how we get to know more about the village and its inhabitants, but it’s a miserable existence at times with such a shortage of just about everything…

I really want to know more about how the flooding started and why…but I understand there will be a prequel and I’ll be looking out for that for sure….brilliantly creative and atmospheric writing by Rachel McLean and if you like dystopian fiction, you’ll enjoy this….especially those of us in the U.K.

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.


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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