• Paperback: 432 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (October 3, 2017)
From New York Times Bestselling Author of WHAT SHE KNEW
“A hugely satisfying and thrilling read. Highly recommended!” -Shari LaPena, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door
“Literary suspense at its finest.”—Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Baby
How well do you know the people you love…?
Best friends Noah Sadler and Abdi Mahad have always been inseparable. But when Noah is found floating unconscious in Bristol’s Feeder Canal, Abdi can’t–or won’t–tell anyone what happened.
Just back from a mandatory leave following his last case, Detective Jim Clemo is now assigned to look into this unfortunate accident. But tragedy strikes and what looked like the simple case of a prank gone wrong soon ignites into a public battle. Noah is British. Abdi is a Somali refugee. And social tensions have been rising rapidly in Bristol. Against this background of fear and fury two families fight for their sons and for the truth. Neither of them know how far they will have to go, what demons they will have to face, what pain they will have to suffer.
Because the truth hurts.
While I’m not one to shy away from any and all books that might make me uncomfortable, I wouldn’t normally have picked this one up because of there being children involved, however, I’m glad I took a chance, as she handled matters in a very conscious way. Odd Child Out is a timely, thought provoking read full of questions many people are already asking themselves in these turbulent days. Family isn’t always honest with each other, good though their intentions may be. And that dishonesty can have consequences. While I felt at times there were too many irrelevant plot threads going on, and that they were a bit clumsy and awkward in a few places, Macmillan expertly weaves them all together at the right moments.
Furthermore, she handled issues of race and prejudice in a way that few non-POC writers achieve- without ever reaching the point of condescension or self-righteousness. It was refreshing to read a story with so many perspectives that really delved into what each person’s experiences were and how they felt about the way they fit (or didn’t) into the world around them.
A slowly building book, yes, but once it sinks its teeth in you’re not going to put it down. You’ll be wrapped up in mystery, compassion, suspense and bewilderment. It’s delicious.
4 stars and my thanks to TLC Book Tours and William Morrow books for the review opportunity!
About Gilly Macmillan
Gilly Macmillan is the Edgar Nominated and New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew. She grew up in Swindon, Wiltshire and lived in Northern California in her late teens. She worked at The Burlington Magazine and the Hayward Gallery before starting a family. Since then she’s worked as a part-time lecturer in photography, and now writes full-time. She resides in Bristol, England.