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Book Info

Author: Claire C Riley, Madeline Sheehan
Title: Thicker Than Blood
Published On: January 12th, 2015
Series: Thicker Than Blood #1
Genres: Horror, Zombies
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Pages: 366
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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.

NOTE TO READERS: **Thicker than Blood is the first in a series consisting of several STANDALONE novels all based in the same setting.**



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Mike’s Review

5 Stars (5 / 5)
This was a wonderful story! This was a horrible story! This was a wonderful story!

If I had to describe this story to someone using movies/shows (often the best way to describe it to a non-reader) I’d call it Thelma & Louise blended with The Walking Dead, then topped with the worst (some would say best?) parts of 28 Days Later and The Road (The book, I haven’t seen the movie yet to know how it compares)

Thicker Than Blood has a lot of gritty and dark moments. We’re reminded how thin the line between civilization and chaos is, how easily those in power can come to abuse it, and how standing up for the things we believe in can cost us everything.

A fabulously dark read with just enough lighter bits to keep you hopeful. I can’t wait for the sequel “Beneath Blood and Bone”!

All About Claire C. Riley & Madeline Sheehan

About Claire C Riley

Claire C. Riley is a USA Today and International bestselling author. She is also a bestselling British horror writer and an Amazon top 100 bestseller.
Her work is best described as the modernization of classic, old-school horror. She fuses multi-genre elements to develop story lines that pay homage to cult classics while still feeling fresh and cutting edge. She writes characters that are realistic, and kills them without mercy. Claire lives in the United Kingdom with her husband and three daughters.

Author of:
Odium The Dead Saga Series (4 books),
Odium Origins Series (3 books),
Limerence (The Obsession Series) (2 books),
Out of the Dark Series,
Twisted Magic,
Thicker than Blood series (2 books),
& Shut Up & Kiss me,
Plus several charity anthologies.

About Madeline Sheehan

Fantastical realm dweller Madeline Sheehan is the USA Today bestselling author of the Holy Trinity Trilogy and Undeniable Series.

A Social Distortion enthusiast, lover of mud and anything deemed socially inappropriate, Madeline was homegrown in Buffalo, New York, where she can be found engaging in food fights and video game marathons with her husband and son.