Odd Child Out

Author: Gilly Macmillan
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Genre: Mystery
Source:  William Morrow Paperbacks

 

 

Goodreads:  How well do you know the people you love…?

Best friends Noah Sandler 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.

Ope’s Opinion:  This entire book takes place in about five days, so it seemed to move slow at some points for me.  As it moved along there was a lot of back story added.  Each chapter was told from a different point of view – there is no title or anything that tells you who is talking.  You have to start reading and figure out who is speaking.  That was  part of what  made this a three instead of a four chair for me.

This is the second book of Macmillan’s with Detective Jim Clemo.  I have not read the first one – you don’t need to in order to enjoy this one.  There is obviously some things about the detective that you don’t know, but it doesn’t effect the story all that much.

The ending fell flat for me.  It made me understand what happened, but didn’t really give me much satisfaction.

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