- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Quercus (6 Feb. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857388908
- ISBN-13: 978-0857388902
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.3 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (287 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Outcast Dead: The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries 6 Hardcover – 6 Feb 2014
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'A compassionate novel that raises questions about parental love and guilt' Sunday Times. (Sunday Times)
'If forensics, history, detectives, romance and some psychologically impaired individuals are your bag, this novel delivers them all ... The twist at the end will have you in a spin' The Sun. (Sun)
'Told with a deepening sense of unease, seasoned with a touch of the occult, it is no surprise that BBC television are developing it as a series' Daily Mail. (Daily Mail)
Forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway discovers the skeleton of a long-dead murderess, while DCI Nelson has a new killer on his hands. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Ruth finds some bones which appear to be of the notorious child killer Mother Hook (aka Jemima Green) who was hanged for her crimes some 150 years previously.
Nelson, simultaneously, is working on a case of a mother, Liz Donaldson, whose two children, Samuel and Isaac, had died suddenly in infancy and now the new baby, David, has suddenly died at 8 months old. Nelson is certain it is the mother who has committed these murders but there seems to be a lot of evidence to the contrary.
Ruth meanwhile meets a dashing 'George Clooney lookalike' American historian, Frank Barker, who is involved in a factual tv series, Women Who Kill. The producers want to include Ruth in this particular documentary to discuss the finding of the bones of Mother Hook.
Amidst all this, a baby goes missing whilst she is asleep in her bed and a mysterious note is found. Soon afterwards another child is kidnapped and it becomes a race against time to discover who is doing this and, more importantly, to get the baby back and reunited with the mother.
The pace never lets up and I couldn't put it down. I thoroughly enjoyed it and never guessed the perpetrator at all.
I loved this book very much and am going to miss Ruth and Nelson et al until the next book.
Brilliant and highly recommended.
From the new-age druid Cathebad with his purple cloak, to the love lives of DI Harry Nelson and his crew of police officers, to Ruth’s own life and wrestles with the awful Phil, head of department, the personalities of the characters shine through. In this book, Ruth makes it onto TV and has a potential new love interest; stoic police officer Judy reveals a whole other side; and Clough finds himself a little off his food...
So there are far too many infant deaths and abductions to be credible in one book, and the lines being drawn between past and present are very tentative – but this is more than made up for by Ruth’s fabulously cynical, wry and sceptical view of the world: (“her sympathy for people who buy million-pound mansions and then have trouble with dry rot in the orangery is limited”).
So the crime story element is not completely satisfying, but this is a great read for fans of this series who are following the tangled lives of the characters – and Ruth is a gem of a character!
(This review is from an ARC courtesy of the publisher)
The book links Nelson's investigation into a dead child with Ruth's discovery of the body of a notorious child killer from the past. The two enquiries are not linked but they shadow each other throughout the book as the author uses the parallel plots to examine issues around children, adultery, childcare and working mothers. The book is by no means preachy but the author raises lots of interesting questions with much of what she looks at being reflected in our daily newspapers. There are also side plots involving Ruth and Nelson and their colleagues and friends including the introduction of a possible love interest for Ruth (I am very much looking forward to seeing what the author does with that in future installments).
Once again the book skirts around the spirit world but the author makes no firm commitment to this and many of the characters remain unconvinced. This adds a little originality to the book and doesn't get in the way of the plot. The resolution to all the sub-plots works well in the context of the book and reflects the characters as we have come to know them. Although the atmospheric landscape writing is excellent as usual it doesn't play as large a part in the novel as it has in previous books.
The beauty of this novel is its readability.Read more ›
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Interesting story, I'm enjoy reading it.
Got it on deal, very worth it!
Gripping and unusual. Really like the way it is written, the characters and the story it self. On to number 7 now!Published 1 month ago by Ms Victoria Gamble
Yet another gripping episode in the life of Dr Ruth Galloway. I always want to keep reading to see where the story goes next.Published 1 month ago by Miss H N Toogood
Even the most ordinary police cases seem to involve Ruth somewhere along the way whether she wants to meet up with Nelson again or not! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Yorkshire exile
Loved this one. Loved the story line and the way the characters developed. As usual some surprises can't wait to read the nextPublished 1 month ago by Mrs. Melanie Bolton