Odd Child Out (Jim Clemo #2) by Gilly Macmillan

Odd Child Out (Jim Clemo #2)

 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 (Jim Clemo #2)

TitleOdd Child Out (Jim Clemo #2)
Release DateOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Suspense, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Odd Child Out (Jim Clemo #2)

  • Diane S ☔
    3.5 Compelling, but don't go into this book expecting a suspenseful read, I found this book to be much more and less than that. Two young teen boys, friends because of their difference, one white, Noah, struggling with cancer and the long effects of hospitalizations, the other Somali, Abdi, here with his family after his family spent years in a camp. They bond because they are basically two outcasts. Become best friends, do everything together un...
  • Paromjit
    This is my first read of author Gilly Macmillan and I was really impressed at this novel that speaks to us of the social and political issues that are permeating and dividing our world. It is a multilayered emotive, atmospheric and character driven mystery featuring the recent return of Detective Jim Clemo after undergoing counselling with Dr Manelli on his mandatory leave. Set in Bristol, Fifteen year old friends, Noah Sandler and Abdi Mahdi are...
  • Linda
    "The atoms of my soul are fading, dissolving, disappearing."What exactly is the tinder that sparks one to be drawn to the flame of another individual's life? Sometimes we go willingly, and more often than not, our paths cross and intersect by chance. The ending result can't but leave a deeply indelible mark on that very soul.Gilly Macmillan presents a tale of people acting and reacting to the simple humanity in all of us. Her characters reflect t...
  • Julie
    Odd Child Out by Gilly McMillian is a 2017 William Morrow publication. Deeply absorbing literary suspense.Inspector Jim Clemo is back at work, after having completed his requisite counseling. His first assignment, on the surface, is a low priority case, a probable accident. However, the circumstances are murky and the incident did leave a terminally ill boy in a coma and another boy so traumatized he can’t – or won’t- speak. The question Cl...
  • Liz
    4.5 stars, rounded upThis is not your standard mystery. Among other things, it deals with racism and discrimination, exclusion and privilege, not to mention rabid dog journalism, making it all seem especially current. It’s really more of a character study and a very well done one at that. It’s a beautifully written book. “When she swallows, all she tastes is fear”. The book is told from multiple POV, including Noah’s, who is in a medica...
  • *TANYA*
    I absolutely enjoyed this book. I read the first book in this series and it was “okay” but the author completely redeemed herself with this book. FANTASTIC!!
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    Best friends sometimes do unexpected things. Abdi and Noah were best friends and did something that no one would expect.The unexpected incident obviously brought the police in along with the two silent friends. Noah was put into a coma because of his injuries, and Abdi wasn't talking.ODD CHILD OUT was definitely a study of personalities and human emotions. Each character seemed to not fit with each other, and I thought it was odd that they were f...
  • Brenda
    Noah's family consists of his father, a world traveling photographer, and his mother, who is 100% invested in Noah's health and longevity. Noah is 15, was diagnosed with cancer at a young age, and has just learned that he does not have much longer to live. Abdi was an infant when his family arrived in Bristol as Somalian refugees. His father drives a taxi for a living, but Abdi attends the same prestigious school as Noah because he received a ful...
  • Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
    Enter the giveaway and check out all of my reviews at Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine. Giveaway ends 10/31/17 11:59pm EST. This is another book that first caught my attention at Book Expo 2017. Though I hadn’t read What She Knew, the first DI Jim Clemo book, I had absolutely no problem at all reading this book as a stand-alone.Odd Child Out drew me in straightaway. It is a very steady page-turner. There are several reasons for this but the first is that t...
  • Brenda
    Detective Jim Clemo’s last visit with the counsellor after six months enforced leave left him keen to get back to work. He knew things might be a bit awkward with his fellow officers, but he was prepared for that. When he walked into the office the following day, he was immediately thrust into a case which involved two fifteen-year-old boys – best friends. Noah Sandler and Abdi Mahad had been friends for a long time; Abdi arrived in England a...
  • Kristy
    The second book in Gilly Macmillan's excellent DI Jim Clemo series finds Jim back in similar circumstances from the first--working against time to save a child. Jim has returned from leave after the Ben Finch case, and he's ready to redeem himself in the eyes DCI Fraser and his peers. He's assigned what looks to be a terrible accident: best pals Noah Sadler and Abdi Mahad are out late one evening when teenage Noah falls into a local canal, render...
  • Fictionophile
    Noah Sadler and Abdi Mahad are best friends. They are both fifteen years old, very clever, and if truth be told, more than a bit 'nerdy'. They couldn't be more different, but that doesn't matter to them. Ostracized by many of their peers, their relationship is strong and as complex as the chess moves they play. Noah Sadler has terminal cancer and comes from a privileged white family. Abdi is a black Muslim Somalian refugee. They both attend a pre...
  •  Li'l Owl
    Two teenage boys. Inseparable. From day one. Abdi's on scholarship to attend Bristol's elite private school. Noah attends the same school, at least when he's in between rounds of treatment to fight cancer. They met on the first day that Noah returned to school after yet another treatment. They've been best friends ever since. Neither one cares that Abdi is black, his family escaped from a Somialan refugee camp when Abdi was an infant. Noah is whi...
  • DJ Sakata
    Favorite Quotes:I felt like a mongrel dog, compared to them. Unwanted, strange-looking, and kicked so many times I didn’t know how to do anything apart from cower.Noah’s Bucket List Item No. 12: Be cremated. I can’t stand the thought of being buried. I want to be turned into smoke and air so I can be everywhere all at once.My Review:Odd Child Out was my first experience with both the complex and guarded DI Jim Clemo and his talented creator...
  • 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 — a 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. On...
  • Erin
    3.5 stars The awkward moment when you insist that you love an author and that you've read many of their books, only to discover that you mixed said author up with another one. For the record, I plead that book publishers all tend to like the same type of covers. So, "Odd Child Out" is my *ahem* first Gilly Macmillan read and it certainly will not be my last. Once I started to read, I just couldn't put the book down. Told from the perspective of m...
  • Myrna
    This one is quite a slow burner yet complex and mysterious. As I expected, some of the themes are quite dark and sad in this novel. There are a few twists and the ending - WOW. I got very emotional. The characters are interesting and realistic. Plus, I like the multiple viewpoints but the characters' audio narration could have been better. Look forward to what Macmillan will do next.
  • Ace
    4 stars I really like the way Gilly Macmillan writes her suspense stories. Her characters are always so real to me - flawed and vulnerable. In this second Clemo book, she manages to weave together cancer and refugees in Bristol into a mystery that had me turning the pages as fast as I could. Spoilers below for trigger warnings.(view spoiler)[There is a sexual assault scene involving an adult and a teen suicide (hide spoiler)]
  • Elaine Tomasso
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group Uk for a review copy of Odd Child Out, the second novel to feature Bristol based DI Jim Clemo.Jim returns to CID after some time out of the frontline for stress. His first case is seen as an easy return with him being asked to investigate an incident at the canal where one boy fell in and is now in a coma and the other is unable to talk but it turns out to be anything but.What an amazin...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Amanda McGill
    I was one of the few that didn't enjoy the Odd Child Out, the 3rd novel by Gilly Macmillan. It's disappointing since I did enjoy her previous 2 novels. It's hard to put my finger on what was wrong with the novel. It was a combination of lack of mystery, numerous points of view (it would of helped to have the heading of the character's point of view) and slow pace. Overall, it just wasn't my cup of tea.
  • 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!
  • Marianne
    Odd Child Out is the second book in the Jim Clemo series by British author, Gilly Macmillan. Two Bristol teenagers, on a sleepover. Good boys, smart, a bit nerdy, inseparable best friends. How, then, in the early hours of the morning, does Noah Sadler come to be unconscious in the Feeder Canal while Abdi Mahan stands at the edge? By the time DI Jim Clemo catches the case, on his first day back after six months of leave, Noah is in the ICU in an i...
  • Melody
    (4.5 stars)Gilly Macmillan's latest release, Odd Child Out, continues DI Jim Clemo's story from the previous novel ( What She Knew ) where he took a mandatory leave after a case which still leaves him shattered. Though he is back into the workforce in this book, he still see his psychologist, Dr Francesca Manelli, from time to time and is slowly getting his act together when another assignment is handed out to him. Noah Sadler, a white teenage bo...
  • DeAnna
    I'm in the minority on this one! Unfortunately I thought this book was soooo boring. I really liked the first book but not this one. 😁😕🤔
  • 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...
  • Aoife
    I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers/author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Detective Jim Clemo is back on duty after some time off, and is immediately put on the case of a boy who is in a coma after falling into a canal. The only witness was his best friend, who is refusing to speak to anyone. As Clemo investigates deeper, he starts thinking there’s more to the story.I loved being back with Jim Clemo, ...
  • Laurel-Rain
    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 ...