- Paperback: 308 pages
- Publisher: Legend Press (25 Jun. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1908248009
- ISBN-13: 978-1908248008
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 469,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Sacrificial Man: Shocking. Page-Turning. Intelligent. Psychological Thriller Series with Cate Austin Paperback – 25 Jun 2011
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"An enthralling psychological thriller--perfect for fans of Sophie Hannah."--bestselling author Sam Mills
"Dark, disturbing and authentic."--CWA Debut Dagger judging panel
"Impressive in its unflinching realism."--Crime Time
"An enthralling psychological thrillerperfect for fans of Sophie Hannah."bestselling author Sam Mills
"Dark, disturbing and authentic."CWA Debut Dagger judging panel
"Impressive in its unflinching realism."Crime Time" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Utterly chilling and enthralling from the first line to the last. (Karen Maitland)
An unflinching journey, chilling and insightful, into the darker reaches of the human mind. (Michelle Spring)
The final twist is stunning. (Online blogger Fleur Fisher)
This is not just a crime novel or a psychological thriller. I like that. Ian Rankin chose to be a crime novelist because he realised that a detective was the perfect tool to prise open the lid of society. He’s a serious novelist masquerading as a crime fiction writer and I believe the same is true of Ruth Dugdall. (Jim Murdoch, author and blogger)
Those who have read the debut novel and expect a sucker punch twist in the tale will not be disappointed, Dugdall bowls a googlie you surely cannot expect coming. (Shotsmag)
I had shivers at the end... it was refreshing to read a modern crime novel with a younger, female, detective, and the insight in the probation service was fascinating. (Forbookssake)
The book is not straightforward for as soon as the reader thinks that they know where it is leading, Ruth Dugdall throws a curve to keep you guessing. The characters are real and three dimensional - they walk among us...a must read novel. (BrokenTrails.blogspot)
The book is heartily recommended… and the author is one to watch. (TheBookbag.co.uk)
Dugdall challenges our preconceptions on just about every emotive topic out there. Bold and clever in her storytelling, she forces a spotlight into the darkest corners of humanity. (The Truth About Books)
I’d highly recommend “The Sacrificial Man”. It is one of the most enjoyable books I have read in a long time. The plotting is excellent and the books easy to read nature while touching on so many dark subjects make it a “must-read”. (Books you Love)
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Top Customer Reviews
Once again as a Probation Officer Cate is writing a report on a woman carrying out a crime which we don't associate with women. Cate Austin teases out information from Alice and carries out her own investigations and the facts presented at the start of the book are not as clear as they first seem. A great second book and once again I can't wait to see what Ruth Dugdall will serve up next.
With another hard hitting story line, this novel had me gripped from start to finish.
Alice is a very complex character. She lost her mum at a young age and even though she was brought up in a fairly normal home with her adoptive parents she never really gave back the love they tried to show her. She has led a fairly lonely existence only ever having one friend who loves her.
Cate has great instincts and from the very start she knows there is more to Alice than meets the eye. I never really warmed to Alice's character even by the end. The relationship that she has with 'Smith' was extremely strange that got even more stranger the more we found out about it.
The Sacrificial Man is a dark and slightly disturbing read. It has a very thought provoking storyline that even after reading I am still un decided as to whether the outcome with Alice is one that is befitting of her or not. Can't wait to read more by this author.
I enjoy reading about Cate Austin and how her character is developing and I can thoroughly recommend Ruth's books and I am looking forward to reading more.
In parts, the plot development is directly through the eyes of two of the main characters. This narrative device works very well, revealing historic events which have shaped their deeply flawed psyches. The main character is clearly on the very strange side of normal right from the start. But she remains plausible and we are able to experience a taste of what it's like inside her weird world. These twisted individuals don't arouse any feelings of empathy. They each exist in their own disturbed world, tainting others as they go through life. I believe they are drawn from direct experience which makes them believable. As with Dugdall' previous book, I found this a compelling page turner. Iwas gripped from the outset and I was disappointed when I finished (no more to read from this author!).
There was mention of a central character from the previous book. I wonder if there's potential for her to return some time? Dugdall is certainly specialising in exploring the depths of the deviant personality and doing it very well. I could see these tales adapting well on TV.
I have one criticism; it would benefit from better copy editing and review of the formatting. In a couple of places the narrative jumped without apparent sense. In hard copy I believe there would be a clear space in the text and this is lost on Kindle. But those minor points don't detract enough to prevent an award of 5 stars, because it's a tight paced and well thought plot which I have no hesitation in recommending. More please!
It is hard to believe that this was only her third novel, as she has the ability to move you, make you feel uncomfortable and to provoke you to think about the incredible variety of human thought and behaviour, some of which is very scary and horrible, the more so because she is so adept at getting into the mind of the perpetrator that you can almost empathise with them – against your will. She has the ability to get under a character’s skin so thoroughly that they seem real, making them all the more scary.
The ‘crime’ has already been committed in Line 1 of Chapter 1, we know who did it and that she was caught and convicted. The story here is one of love, rejection, sacrifice and warped visions of the world, a world that the main protagonist, Parole Officer Cate Austin, has to pick apart in order to recommend a sentence for the judge to hand down; a sentence that will satisfy society’s need for justice to be seen to be done as well as one that is also just for the perpetrator – prison or a Community Order and psychological support?
The story is revealed in stages, sometimes by the perpetrator telling us her story directly, sometimes by Cate as she interacts with her. The author has built in some twists and turns that will keep you guessing. The clever part is that she really gets the psychology, as far as I can tell with my very limited knowledge, and that is what makes it all seem so realistic.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My thoughts on this book.....brilliant! I couldn't put it down! It is enthralling , interesting, thought provoking, in some places could seem horrific but you have to read the book... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Carolyn Oxley
I couldn't put this book down. Eerie, sad and perverse, set against the poetry of Keats, this was a brilliant psychological page turner. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Alison Offerdal
Second in the series and just as good as the first. Probation officer Cate deals with a case which involves death and the eating of flesh. Not for the faint hearted. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Michelle
Another very good book by Ruth Dugdall. Care Austin is called upon to give a report on Alice Mariani who helped a man commit suicide before eating some of his flesh. Read morePublished 13 months ago by S. J. Mackenzie
Once again Ruth Dugdall doesn't disappoint!
The Sacrificial Man is a deep psychological thriller exploring the impact of our beginnings and experiences on the rest of our... Read more
Wow has not taken me long to read this as unable to put it down,you think you know what it's about then something changes to give a new twist, it is not even clear if one of the... Read morePublished 19 months ago by clair bulkeley
I've read three of Ruth Dugdall's books before this one (The Woman Before Me, Humber Boy B and the James Version) so I knew I wouldn't be in for a light or fluffy read. Read morePublished 19 months ago by SarahG