Odd Child Out by Gilly Macmillan

Odd Child Out

 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 wro...

Details Odd Child Out

TitleOdd Child Out
Release DateOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Odd Child Out

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    FULL REVIEW WILL BE UP ON OCTOBER 5."The descriptions and the character development are very good and help you visualize the scenes and totally experience the emotions of each character which were mostly fear, loss, and questioning. You also feel the weight of lies and silence, truths untold, and prejudices.ODD CHILD OUT is an emotional, tense book that will make you think and question.Another excellent read by Gilly MacMillan. 4/5This book was g...
  • Judy Collins
    Gilly Macmillan returns following What She Knew and The Perfect Girl with her latest, ODD CHILD OUT —her third highly-charged compelling psychological (literary fiction) suspense.Set in Bristol, meet two teen boys from different backgrounds: Noah Sadler— a native-born British boy, and Abdi Mahad —refugee from Somalia. An opening scene. One boy jumps near a canal at the edge of the water . . . He lands, gets up and begins running. One p...
  • Nancy McFarlane
    Media exploitation of events to gain an audience and the bias and prejudice against immigrants trying hard for a new life are front and center as Detective Jim Clemo tries to find out what happened the night that young Noah Sadler either fell or was pushed into a canal. His young Somali friend Abdi was with him but he refused to say a word suffering from what everyone thought was shock, and before the police could pressure him to talk he ran away...
  • KC
    Best friends Noah, a British lad and Abdi, a Somalian refugee, were inseparable. One evening, Noah was found unconscious and floating in a local canal, a result from either falling in or being pushed. He is rushed to the hospital alongside Abdi, who had witnessed his friend's accident. Abdi ends up traumatized unable to speak, while Noah is put into an induced coma. Detective Jim Clemo is back from a mandatory leave and assigned to the case. The ...
  • Ally
    I was really excited when I won this advanced copy in a Goodreads giveaway. This is the 3rd book I've read by Gilly MacMillan and I've enjoyed them all.Odd Child Out is not your typical suspense book. It deals with tough subjects like childhood cancer and immigration. I read tons of suspense/thrillers and they start to blend together after a while. This story will definitely be one that will stick with me. Highly recommend!
  • Patty
    Odd Child OutByGilly MacmillanWhat it's all about...This book really is about the lives of two young boys...Abdi and Noah...and the complexity of their relationship. They are the best of friends but this friendship has many and varied attached strings...mostly due to Noah. Noah is quite ill and presumed to be dying but something happens one night that causes Abdi much pain and fear. Are these boys the best friends that everyone thought them to be...
  • jendlo
    A good kickoff to the fall reading season! 🍂🍁Although the blurb for this second book in the Jim Clemo series didn't grab me, I still wanted to read it, because the author struck the right chord (pun intended, with a nod to The Perfect Girl) of drama and suspense in her previous novels.This story is sort of a House of Sand and Fog in the Brexit era crossed with a couple of Jodi Picoult books. It's fast-paced and emotionally gripping. Just a ...
  • Anbolyn
    This is an odd mix of a book that might disappoint readers who are looking for a straightforward suspense novel. It is part police procedural, part examination of a teen friendship gone wrong and partly the story of an immigrant family in Bristol. I enjoyed the results of this combo and think this is a much better book than MacMillan's previous title, The Perfect Girl.
  • Darcia Helle
    Odd Child Out is a story with a lot of depth, taking on some difficult and controversial topics. Be aware that this is not a straight up suspense story. Instead we have a character-driven literary experience with a mix of police procedural and suspense. The focus here is the cast of characters, as we get to know them and learn that perhaps all is not as it appears.The story is told from multiple viewpoints. In fact, every relevant character has a...
  • Carrie
    I won an ARC of Odd Child Out through First Reads. I would like to thank goodreads, William Morrow, and Harper Collins for sponsoring and participating in the program. Following is my review:To be honest, I was all over the place with this book. For the most part, I guess that's a really good thing to say. The story centers around Noah, a 15 year old boy with terminal cancer, and his friend Abdi, a Somalian refugee. Late one evening, an urgent ca...
  • Sherwestonstec
    I really enjoyed this book! Gilly MacMillam is the author of What She Knew, which I have also read. This is the second book with Detective Jim Clemo of the Bristol Police in it. I don’t feel you have to read the first book, but I am glad I did. This story involves two 15 year olds, Noah Sadler an upper class youth with terminal cancer and his best friend Abdi Mahad an immigrant from Somali who has a scholarship to the same school as Noah. Their...
  • Karen
    See my full review and much more on my blog KissinBlueKaren I picked up ODD CHILD OUT because I had read the author’s THE PERFECT GIRL and thought I enjoyed it for the most part. Looking over my review just now I see I rated it only 3/5 stars. I am glad I am just now realizing that because I enjoyed this book. ODD CHILD OUT was a unique story about a friendship between a dying boy and a Somali refugee. It was also a pretty interesting police...
  • Jill
    I had just finished the preceding novel by Gilly MacMillan, "What She Knew", and was pleased to discover that one of the main characters from that novel, Detective Inspector Jim Clemo, reappears in this novel. He has just returned from an extended mandatory leave of absence after his last case went badly and he took it very personally.Noah Sadler is a privileged white student in Bristol, England, but he has suffered from childhood cancer for near...
  • Jessica
    Noah Sadler and Abdi Mahad are best friends who have become inseparable. One night Noah is found floating unconscious in Bristol's Feeder Canal with Abdi sitting, unable to speak, on the embankment. Detective Jim Clemo who just returned from a mandatory leave following his last case is assigned to look in to what happened the night at the Canal. At first it looks like a simple quarrel between friends that went wrong, but when the details unravel ...
  • Alyssa Gil
    (Note: I received a free ARC of this book via a Goodreads giveaway.)This is one of those books that I don't even really know how to review, because it was so bland that I don't feel like I have much to say about it. But I would feel bad not reviewing a book I won an ARC of, so I'll say as much as I can!From the very beginning, I was distracted from the story by the lackluster writing. This was my first experience with this author's work, other th...
  • Mel
    I would give this book 3.5. My problem with this book is very personal. I will say I do like the way the story is written in descriptions of characters and the point of the book. I had a really hard time in the beginning reading this because it was so slow but I hung in there to see how it came along. The story is of a teenager who develops a friendship/dependency with one boy in particular. He has a terminal illness and his friend is a refugee f...
  • Christine Boyd
    Jim Clemo is back to work and looking into what's transpired between two boys late at night that ends with one boy unconscious in the hospital. As Jim and one of the boy's sisters begin to search for answers we find that not all is at it seems and that all families harbor secrets.A nice continuation of the Jim Clemo series - I was glad to read some more about his character and to see how things ended up after the previous book. This is a stand-al...
  • Brittany
    This is the second book I've read by Gilly Macmillan, the first one being The Perfect Girl. I enjoyed this book much more than The Perfect Girl. The story touches on many crises that are plaguing society today including racism, classism, and refugees. The characters have a lot of depth to them and the story draws you in. This is Macmillan's second book featuring Detective Jim Clemo and there are a few references to that, but not enough to feel co...
  • Alyxandra Bryndzia
    I'm really liking these DI Clemo books. Though it's not a sequel to "What She Knew" I would highly suggest reading it first because there's a lot of mention to DI Clemo's past the the Ben Finch case and his relationship to Emma Zhang and other things that take place in "What She Knew", although it could be a standalone book because the author does give sufficient information to understand how his past relates to what's happening in "Odd Child Out...
  • Dad
    I won this book on Goodreads. It was the 2nd Gilly Macmillan book I've read. Even though parts of this mystery was disturbing, and sad, because it was about a 15 year old boy who is ill, I still loved the story. I also enjoyed the other book I read by Ms. Macmillan. She writes well and keeps the suspense going without letup. The story begins when 2 friends in Bristol, England are out one evening near a canal. One seems to fall in, or was he pushe...
  • Kevin
    I received this book through Goodreads giveaways. The second in the Jim Clemo series, but this is the first book I've read with this character. Overall, the plot moved well beginning with two kids and a tragic event. Back story of Somali refugees provides a unique twist. A good book with my only criticism surrounding the back story of detective Jim Clemo. Since I didn't read the first book, I feel I'm missing some of the story. A good book that's...
  • Susan
    This was a really good psychological mystery. It was really two different mysteries - what really happened to Noah Sadler and who was the man Abdi was searching for. I did feel like I would have benefited from reading the previous book - What She Knew - the book referenced things that happened to Clemo and his previous case. It is also clearly setting up the mystery for the next book as well and I look forward to reading more by Gilly Macmillan. ...
  • Marykaye
    This well written book is about two teenage friends. One is a Somali refugee named Abdi and the other is a British boy named Noah. Noah has cancer and is expected to only live a few more months.A unexpected accident occurs with Noah. Both families, along with Detective Jim Clemo come together to find out if Abdi did something criminally wrong in regards to the outcome of this accident.This book keeps you in suspense and you will not see the endin...
  • Terry Pearson
    I won a copy of this book in a giveaway on goodread. It is not required that I leave a review.Ahh, Noah and Abdi. Good friends. That is until Noah is found floating in the water and Abdi runs away.I have always liked Gilly MacMillan books and continue to. They never fail to provide me with solid believable characters that are three dimensional and this one was no different. Her stories are plausible and hook you quickly. I would have liked to hav...
  • Dan
    Noah, a British teenage with cancer and Abdi, a Somalian refugee are the best of friends. One night while sneaking off, Noah falls into a canal and is rushed to the hospital unconscious. Did he fall or was he pushed? Abdi may have the answers but is too traumatized to speak and then runs off for some unknown reason. During the police investigation, we learn more about the two boys and their families. The detective, Jim Clemo wants to find Abdi be...
  • Burma Turner
    I love Gilly Macmillan's novels. I had read her previous two and this one is just as good. It begins as a novel about two 15 year old boys. Then it develops into so much more. There is mystery, suspense and so much more. I found it realistic and very interesting. It tells the story of two families and a detective determined to uncover the truth. This book held my interest the entire way, I enjoyed it very much!
  • Linda Quinn
    A good follow-up to What She Knew, this time centering on the friendship and relationship of two teenaged boys. Noah is fighting cancer and has been defined by it for more than half his life. Abdi is an immigrant, son of a Somalian family, and defined by the color of his skin more often than he'd like. Told in multiple voices, we see the relationship thru multiple perspectives after a night that changes everyone's lives forever.
  • Benjamin Bookman
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, not so much for the mystery aspect, as for the depth of material. Race, religion, immigration, war, privilege, family, grief, trust, prejudice, friendship, growing up, atrocities, it seemed like so much reality packed into such a small group of characters, but in a way that felt believable. If this had been a less nuanced story, just a mystery, I probably would have hated it. But I am very glad I took a chance, sin...
  • Mary
    I was lucky enough to to get an advanced copy of this book. Although I must say, it was weird reading a paperback instead of an ebook!!It was a good read about 2 boys friendship. One who was ill with cancer and the other a refugee. When mysterious circumstances surrounds one boys death, prejudices and the police investigation clash. And the truth surrounding one of the boys comes to light.
  • Pam Walrath
    I could not put this book down!!! Read the whole thing in twenty-four hours - the only perk of being home sick with a bad cold. It was fast-paced yet easy to read, compelling, engaging, and full of gut-wrenching emotion. As soon as I finished the Advanced Reader's copy I received (Thank you William Morrow/Harper Collins!) I immediately picked up the Nook edition of The Perfect Girl I had recently downloaded and began reading it. I highly recommen...