Holy cow. This book. All of the intrigue and suspense.
Odd Child Out shifts perspectives very often, switching between Noah, DI Clemo, Sasha, and Maryam and Nur. DI Clemo’s portions are the only ones in first person, but seeing the story unfold from several different points somehow ups the intrigue. You still don’t know exactly what happened even though you’re getting a lot information from a police perspective, from the victim and his family, and from the suspect and his family.
Noah was found floating in a canal in Bristol and Abdi won’t talk about it. Noah is in a coma and can’t talk about it. No one knows what happened to these boys. DI Clemo is fresh off a leave of absence after a case that involved a kid and went horribly wrong. He and his partner need Abdi to tell them what happened, but Abdi seems like he’s in shock and like there’s also something else wrong with him. What did he see to send him into such a shock?
There’s also an element of timeliness to this book. Abdi’s family are immigrants from Somalia and he’s somehow involved with his best friend’s death, who is white. A reporter publishes sensational stories about the incident possibly being racially motivated, which, of course, doesn’t help the investigation, nor does it help racial tensions that are omnipresent in Britain at the moment.
This is one of those books that I wanted to read in one or two sittings, but I had to read it slowly because, y’know, I had to go to work. But it had an ending that I was not expecting, but it was still very satisfying. I love when books end this way. Some books surprise you and I’m disappointed. This book surprised me and I was happy about it.
If you’re looking for a book to give to someone for Christmas and they love mysteries, Odd Child Out should be on your list.
• 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.
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.