5 Fang Review: Thicker Than Blood by Madeline Sheehan and Claire C. Riley


Thicker Than Blood

By: Claire C. Riley, Madeline Sheehan
Genres: Horror, Zombies
Pages: 366
Publisher: Smashwords
Published on: January 12, 2014

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.

Also by this author: Limerence, Odium II, Limerence 2, Thicker Than Blood, Beneath Blood and Bone


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Melanie’s Review


Thicker Than Blood has completely freakin DESTROYED me emotionally. When I finished reading it, I felt like a part of me had been ripped out, lit on fire, and then shoved, still flaming, back into my body. Seriously, I don’t think I’ve EVER felt this emotionally drained after a book.


This really is a phenomenal book. The writing in and of itself is easy to follow but not immature. The story has multiple layers but isn’t confusing. Initially I thought reading the book from both Leisel’s and Evelyn’s perspective would be confusing, but it wasn’t. The authors did a good job of making it pretty clear who was telling the story, in addition to actually labeling each chapter with the name of the speaking character.

There is action, romance, and horror. Everything I need in a book to keep my attention.


Leisel and Evelyn are absolutely characters with which most women can identify. They are best friends and are devoted to one another, especially after everything they have been through together. They are the sort of women that I would want to have as a best friend. Evelyn is fiercely loyal. The things she sacrifices to protect Leisel, oh my damn. I just can’t imagine. Leisel has her own strengths, despite them being more of emotional and non-conventional in nature. I never expected to become as emotionally involved with these characters.


The world that Sheehan and Riley have built in Thicker Than Blood is definitely not one I would want to live in. I think I would prefer to have just been shot in the head at the beginning. I highly doubt I could have survived the things they experienced and kept my mind intact. The scariest thing about the world they have created is that I can see our society becoming this in the face of an apocalypse. Just due to basic human greed and male mentalities. People are disgusting.


Thicker Than Blood is the kind of book that made me feel a range of emotions, but always have that underlying fear of what would come next. I wanted to help the characters. I wanted them to be safe. I wanted them to be victorious over their surroundings and the people within. I felt like they were MY friends. Like I knew them personally! I wanted to hurt anyone who hurt them. When they were sad, I was sad. When they were happy, I was happy.


If you like post-apocalyptic zombie books, this is a MUST READ. And I used all caps for serious right there. You really must read this book to get the full scope of how I feel about Thicker Than Blood. I want to be mad at the authors for making me feel like I do right now about this book. But I know that by feeling how I do, they have done their jobs as authors. To make me feel something real for someone who is not. To really believe the story and become so emotionally invested in a book that I want to climb into the pages and start wrecking people for hurting my friends isn’t something every author can accomplish.


Just please, go read this book. Then message me and tell me what you think!

 5 fangs

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.



Purchase Links

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Check out some
of Claire’s other books: 

Odium (The Dead Saga)
Odium Origins
Limerence 2
Fading Hope

Let’s Scare Cancer to Death
State of Horror: Illinois


Look for some of
Madeline Sheehan’s other books

The Soul Mate



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