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by Sphere, 5 April 2018. ISBN: 978-0-349-41292-4(PB)
Gilly Macmillan returns after Burnt
Paper Sky (also known as What She Knew)
and The Perfect Child with a fabulous
multi-layered thriller, Odd Child Out.
We meet Inspector Jim Clemo again (he was in Gilly Macmillan’s first book but
not her second), having undergone counselling, but is now back on duty and
assigned to a low-priority case.
involves two 15-year-old boys who are both friends and outcasts: Noah, white
and privileged and struggling with cancer, and Abdi, a Somali refugee in
Britain after his family spent many years in a refugee camp. The boys are
involved in an accident at a canal that leaves Noah in a coma and Abdi too
traumatised to talk.
against a Bristol backdrop and in the wake of an anti-immigration march, Gilly
Macmillan handles themes of family relationships, friendship, love, loss and
secrets with sensitivity and compassion. There are also topical themes of
refugees, how life in developing countries is portrayed by the media, and
terminal illness in children that all add layers to the story.
is a mix of first-person and third-person narrative from the points of view of Noah and his family, Abdi and his family and Jim
Clemo which I found engaging and effective. Gilly Macmillan never relies on
stereotypes, her characters are always flawed and multi-faceted, and with her
beautiful prose she slowly unravels the story.
novel has a really interesting structure and a timely, believable plot that
twists and turns at great rate.
Odd Child Out is an interesting and
wonderful read and something different to many of the police procedurals on the
market at the moment. I heartily recommend it.
up in Swindon, Wiltshire and lived in Northern California in her late teens.
She studied art history and worked at The Burlington Magazine and the Hayward
Gallery in London before starting a family. Since then, she's worked as a
photography teacher but now, very happily, writes full time. She lives in
her first story on her newly acquired blue Petite typewriter, when she was
eight. When she grew up she had to earn a living and became a BBC radio talk
show presenter and journalist. She has covered many life-affirming stories, but
also some of the darkest events of the past two decades. Then, in true
journalistic style, she decided not to let the facts get in the way of a good
story and got creative. She wrote for women's magazines and small presses. She
formed WriteOutLoud with two writer friends to help charities get their message
across using their life stories. Now she is writing crime thrillers drawing on
her experiences in journalism. Her third
book, set in East Anglia and featuring investigative journalist Alex.Dark Waters, was published by Harper
Collins/Killer Reads in March 2018.