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.
Thicker than Blood is a book that I anxiously awaited upon seeing the cover, and who authored it. I’ve never read a book by Madeline Sheehan, but I have read the Odium series by Claire C. Riley and they are beyond amazing (as in if you love all things zombie, then go forth and read)! So even though Madeline is a new to me author I was more willing to take the chance to read this book because of Claire. Oh hell, who am I kidding, I would have read it anyway because it has ZOMBIES.
Here’s the thing about Thicker than Blood though, it’s so much more than a zombie book. It’s part horror/dystopian (people rebuild society in the worst ways really)/post apocalyptic/romance/the kitchen sink. I mean there really is a bit of everything in this book. It’s heartwarming, and absolutely heart breaking at the same time. I know Claire has absolutely no issues doing what needs to be done in her zombie books, and it seems Madeline was right there with her. What they gave us was an amazing book about friends, and love. They gave their characters an honest story in which they grew as people. It’s an amazing read because while it’s situated in a genre (zombie) that has a million other books, movies, and TV shows, this one stands out because it’s so different. It’s one of the few (I can only think of one other series) that focuses on friendship during Z-Times.
The writing was on point. The first few chapters moved a bit slower than I am used to in this genre, but that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. I appreciate that they took the time to build the world, and SHOW us the relationship between Lei and Eve. To SHOW us Alex’s devotion. To SHOW us what the world was like now, four years after Z-Day hit. We got to experience the years and layers of Lei and Eve’s friendship. Their love of their dead husbands, shitty chocolate cake, and good memories. It was a stark contrast to what their current world was, yet they still had each other.
Once you hit 50% take a break, get your snacks, pee, call your mother, turn off your ringer and set your DVR because at this point I was pretty unable to put my book down. And this was in large part due to the amount of time they’d spent putting me in the story in the first 50%. In a world where we want to be instantly gratified and entertained it’s nice to see people taking their time to make sure things are right.
Let’s not talk about the ending though, okay. I can’t handle it right now.