Book Review for ODD CHILD OUT by Gilly Macmillan

ODD CHILD OUT by Gilly Macmillan
William Morrow Paperbacks
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 My Highly Caffeinated Thought: An emotional tale of secrets, lies, and social issues. 

Here is the thing. ODD CHILD OUT was not the book that I thought it was. Soon after reading the first couple of chapters, I realized that this book was going to be something so much more. If you are looking for a high-octane thriller, this is not the book for you. However, if you are open to a book that tackles social and family issues wrapped up in the mystery of what happened to two boys one foggy night, then this one should be added to your to read pile.


Gilly Macmillan has given her readers a beautifully written story about two boys that couldn’t be more different. She addresses racial bias and terminal illness in a way that doesn’t exploit either of these weightier topics. She gives them a voice through Noah and Abdi. Her characters are honest and real. They deal with jealousy, pain, and the struggle with how to approach the truths within their lives. By intertwining the mystery of what happened to Noah and Abdi the night that put Noah in the hospital, the author adds increased tension. This tension and what results from it truly elevates the story.

I happen to be a fan of the author’s work, but this book blew me away. I am still thinking about it days after finishing it. Honestly, this is definitely worth a read for those who are open to a story like this.

Reviewer Disclaimer: I received an this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Plot Summary

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.

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About the Author: 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. Find out more about Gilly at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Book Details:

Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (October 3, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062476823
ISBN-13: 978-0062476821

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