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Jennifer Sinclair is many things: loyal government minister, loving wife and devoted mother.
But when a terror attack threatens her family, her world is turned upside down. When the government she has served targets her Muslim husband and sons, her loyalties are tested. And when her family is about to be torn apart, she must take drastic action to protect them.
A House Divided is a tense and timely thriller about political extremism and divided loyalties, and their impact on one woman.
In Rachel McLean’s novel A House Divided we meet Minister Jennifer Sinclair, a Labour party politician. The book is set in late 2019 in 2020 and in 2021. Labour is in power and Jennifer is at the top of her career. But the party and the country are soon rocked by a series of devastating terrorist attacks that take place, and the country’s mood, including the mood of politicians, darkens. A bill is put forward to take a tougher stance on immigrants from certain countries entering the UK, to help prevent another terrorist attack from taking place. This puts Jennifer in a very uncomfortable position; she has to make up her mind on some tough decisions, including, potentially, the rest of her career in politics.
Although the novel is set just a few years into our future, the issues being discussed feel very close to what is happening in today’s world. You only have to look at Trump’s travel ban in the US to realise that the ideas that Rachel McLean explores aren’t very far-fetched at all, which is what makes the ideas in her book scarily plausible.
Rachel’s writing is very readable, and it does move along at a fast pace, particularly in the first half of the novel which explores the effects that the attacks have had on the public and on politicians in Westminster. Jennifer is a British woman, but she is married to a Muslim, Yusuf, and they have two children, so her own family is affected by the troubles. This is what makes the current situation within her party deeply personal to her, and her views against it come across very strongly in Rachel’s writing, particularly in a speech she delivers when the vote on the proposed bill is just about to be held. I think it’s Jennifer’s passion, for trying to defeat what the government is proposing, which pushes the novel forward. I could never be sure what was going on behind the scenes, in both her own party and the opposition. It did make me think of the current state in British politics at the moment, where it seems that there is always someone ready to stab a colleague in the back in their push for promotion.
The end of this book left me gasping. A House Divided is part of a trilogy, and it has made me very keen to pick up the next book as soon as I can get my hands on it. If you are fascinated by politics, and if you’re looking for a book that is character driven with an ending that will get your heart pumping, then I highly recommend giving this book a go. Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and for providing me with a copy of the book to review.
Publisher: Catawampus Press
Publication day: 24th September 2018
Print length: 327 pages
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