Thicker than Blood – Madeline Sheehan and Claire C. Riley

If you are looking for a horror set in a zombie apocalypse scenario featuring two strong women who are not lesbian or bi but thoroughly friendly with each other, you have come to the right book.

The Story

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 and 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 crueller life where they have to find the way—and the will—to stay alive in a world they no longer recognise.
Travelling across a broken and infection-ridden country, the road-weary group is 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 feared far more than the dead, an unbreakable friendship and a love against all odds can mean the difference between life and death.

There are friends… and then there are Leisel and Evelyn.

Yet another disease, another epidemic, was sweeping through the third world with crippling effects, decimating entire villages within mere days. The Vaal Fever they’d called it, and it took no mercy on its victims. Men, women, and children alike were ravaged by the disease, and most perished as a result. Only, they didn’t stay dead.

Looks can be deceiving. What is meant to be a place to be free, is more like a prison. This is especially true for the quiet and meek, Leisel, who has been enduring hell for a long time. When she finally snaps, it is her strong friend Evelyn who will be by her side in hopes of leaving this disguised sanctuary.

On their journey for survival and freedom, the two find that outside of the walls they were behind, are not only the infected, but humans who will do anything to survive.

Because the infection ran so much deeper than just turning people into mindless cannibals. It destroyed people’s souls.

With women used as currency and the “kill or be killed” mentality is all that surrounds them, what does fate have in store for these two friends? Will their friendship survive, and will they will they find some humanity amongst the darkness that is everywhere?

This was such an intense, deep, emotional, dark, and gut-wrenching read. My anxiety levels were at an all time high, and I thoroughly enjoyed and loved all of it.


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