Odd Child Out: A Novel by Gilly MacmillanOdd Child Out: A Novel by Gilly Macmillan

Odd Child Out: A Novel

byGilly Macmillan

Paperback | October 3, 2017

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 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.

Title:Odd Child Out: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.08 inPublished:October 3, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062740474

ISBN - 13:9780062740472

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Turn of events I bought this book excited to read it. The first half of the book was able exciting and engaging, however I found the second half hard to read, and hard to stay hooked to. It almost felt like a chore to finish. There were some unexpected plot twists that came in the second half that would draw me in for a few pages, and then loose me again. However, overall it was a well written book. I have "What She Knew" in my pile to read next, and hope that it's better and more engaging than "Odd Child Out".
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could have been better I really wanted to love this book and at first I was pretty hooked. I just found that towards the middle it just started to drag on and I found myself losing interest with the repetitiveness. I was disappointed by the end, the story seemed a bit too fantastical in a way. Wouldn't really consider this a thrilling mystery, more like dramatic fiction.
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Love the different views and story lines which made it a page turner! Enjoyed the first few sections that were interesting but made the outcome predictable. The last few chapters a whole different story kind of emerge that I don't think matter. Kind of disappointed at the end.
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great I was not aware that this book is technically a sequel. I read it anyway. It was good. All the different stories were able to be wrapped into one.
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this. This book was fantastic. It dealt with 3 different stories and was able to bring them together. Noah and Abdi are friends, on night Noah falls into a canal and that night will haunt Abdi for a long time. Abdi was trying to deal with his own problem and did not understand what Noah had to tell him or what he was doing that night. This story brings to attention the way people are scared of all the immigrants moving into their country and how the unknown is the scariest things, it shows both sides of this story.
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it Enjoyed this book. It was an easy, and comfortable read
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's alright It's an okay book. It's not really that amazing. Beginning to the middle of this book is a little bit boring but picks up close to the end of it. So it's not that bad. Wish it was more exciting.
Date published: 2018-02-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Mystery! A good mystery! You'll like this if you're a fan of the current trend of British modern-day thrillers. A good book to curl up with or take on vacation!
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Drama/Mystery I read this book without knowing what it was about, which is sometimes the best way to read a book. I bought this book at 50% off sale at Chapters which is a GREAT way to read new authors. The story surrounds 2 friends- and incident- and the fall out. One of the friends is a refugee from Somalia and the book also goes into his past which is quite interesting and makes up the balance of the book. I found this book quite good, and well written. I really liked the characters of the two detectives Clemo and Woodly. I hope this author revisits these two characters in her next book. I would definitely read this author again.
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read, Felt a bit Unfinished This was a very enjoyable read, especially if you like crime mysteries. The interesting thing is that you know what happens before everyone else does, yet it is still able to keep you interested. There was a side plot which I felt was unfinished. Maybe that will be addressed in the next book?
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Predictable premise but some good twists & turns
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A gripping mystery "Odd Child Out" is a gripping novel with a mystery at its core. Noah, a young teen living with advanced cancer, is best friends with Abdi, a Somali immigrant of the same age. Living in Bristol, England, the two are unlikely friends, coming from different cultures and socioeconomic groups, but their friendship has endured. When tragedy strikes, detectives strive to solve the mystery and confront some uncomfortable circumstances. A very good read.
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read A great read, could not put this book down!
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from mystery is always at its best! When I read the synopsis, I suspected that Abdi killed Noah, I read it to find the truth... You have to read it too to find whether I am right.. Enjoy!
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good read #plumreview I enjoyed this book as much as others written by this author. The perspectives of several characters makes for an interesting read. It was difficult to put down but the ending was a bit of a letdown.
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great loved reading this, gave me a whole different perspective #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I was a little disappointed with the ending
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I was a little disappointed with the ending
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Was in denial throughout the book
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Was in denial throughout the book
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! Once again this author doesn’t disappoint.
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it A great read again from this fab author
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok the whole story is ok but the ending is bit disappointing
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This book was really good. I was in a really bad book hangover and this was perfect. The world building and the world in general was amazing
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This book was really good. I was in a really bad book hangover and this was perfect. The world building and the world in general was amazing
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from cool the book is very effective in delivering its thrill!
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overall a good read! This book definitely was one that you wanted to finish quickly. It kept you guessing as to what twists and turns were going to happen next.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Great read - really enjoyed it. Keeps you on the edge of your seat. I will definitely be seeking out "What See Knew" now.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mystery A well-paced story that keeps you going. A good and solid mystery. Someone posted a potential spoiler in the comments section so be wary...
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Mystery I have not read MacMillian's first novel "What See Knew" (which features the same detective), but that does not affect this story. Two teenage schoolboys sneak out late one night and in the morning one is in the hospital fighting for his life while the other is is so tramatized he cannot speak. What happened? A well paced story that keeps you guessing to the end.
Date published: 2017-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from page turner I really enjoyed this book. It's not the best thriller I've ever read but it's entertaining and kept me guessing.
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I can not believe this is a debut.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful simply wonderful! highly recommend
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent A real page turner, hard to put down, highly recommend this !
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read Heart-wrenching and thought provoking.
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok It takes along time to finish
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from thought it was okay I didn't like this as much as other reviewers seem to have liked it.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book I bought this book on a recommendation and I could not put it down! It is very good. One of my favourites from Gilly Macmillan. Her other books, "The perfect girl" and "what she knew" are also very, very good. Great writing, and keeps you guessing. You think you know what is going to happen but then it goes in a different angle! Such a great read.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good i cannot put it down, it's so good!
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good a very interesting book! i recommend it!
Date published: 2017-10-04

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