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The Sacrificial Man by [Dugdall, Ruth]
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Praise for Ruth's Writing: 'An enthralling psychological thriller - perfect for fans of Sophie Hannah' --Best-selling author Sam Mills

'This novel is an extremely addictive debut - a real page-turner - As a debut novel, this is a remarkably assured and well-written book.' --Petrona

About the Author

Ruth Dugdall studied English and Theatre Studies at Warwick University and an MA is Social Work at UEA. She worked as a Probation Officer for almost a decade, working in prisons with numerous high-risk criminals. Ruth's debut novel The Woman Before Me (Legend Press, 2010) was the winner of the CWA Debut Dagger award. Ruth's professional background gives her writing authenticity and credibility.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 701 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Legend Press (13 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055T0FRE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 124 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,789 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Aspen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Jan. 2012
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This is another cracker from Dugdall. Make no mistake; it's not an easy read. Dugdall's themes include abuse, the morality of assisted suicide, the nature of obsessive love in a number of guises. And there's much, much 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!
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Ruth Dugdall has created a second book featuring Cate Austin, a Probation Officer. As in The Woman Before Me the reader enters the story after the crime and after the trial but Alice has not been imprisoned, instead the judge is waiting for Cate Austin to recommend a sentence. Alice answered an online advert 'Man seeks beautiful woman for the journey of a lifetime. I will lift mine eyes to the hills, from whence cometh my help. Will you help me to die?' Smith is dead but should Alice be punished?

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.
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I have just finished reading The Sacrificial Man, after having read the Woman before me. I read the Woman before Me on my honeymoon, which was probably not the best place to read it, but i thoroughly enjoyed it although it was very dark. This book on the other hand, i feel is a book that more people can relate to. Suicide is often a 'touchy' subject, and something that many people can deeply relate to. Ruth Dugdall has created a book that depicts human pain, and the question of whether suicide is right at all? And if we have the right to die, even without a serious terminal illness...She has touched on a subject that is currently much in the media and has helped to make it more relevant. Despite the sad story, i found it to be a real page turner, and with the right music on, by the name of Hurts-it becomes even more atmospheric!!!!!

I started listening to Hurts to read the book, because i happened to have the privilege of being at the book signing in Ipswich, and Ruth Dugdall played a song by them which aided in creating an atmosphere, in fact i actually cried while she read the first few pages because it was all so moving, so i continued to use this method, and i have not looked back.

This book is a must read!!!!
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Having just finished this book I'm really not sure what to think about it!

As many others have said, there were a lot of typos which I found very distracting as I had to keep re-reading bits to check whether I had missed something!

My main complaint is that I just couldn't empathise with any of the main characters. Alice is very cold and Smith was such a two-dimensional character that I didn't really care what happened to either of them. As this was the second book featuring Cate Austin I would have expected the author to have expanded upon her character but this was not to be. On the other hand I did want to finish it, just to see what happened.

I will probably read her next book as I really enjoyed the 'Woman before me'.
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This book stands out as a thriller with a bit of a difference. It's a rather strange tale, even in the way it's written. The character of Probation Officer Cate Austin is straightforward enough, but the direct perspective you get from the main character Alice, gives you a glimpse into an unhinged mind. Perhaps the closeness of the madness to normality was a bit too near the bone for me, as I found it a rather unsettling and chilling read!
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Having seen a poster in which my local bookstore gave a short synopsis of the book, and advertised the fact that it is staging a pre-launch evening at which the author will be speaking, I thought I'd have a look on Amazon to see what I could find out about it, since Ruth Dugdall was previously unknown to me. I was delighted to see that, prior to the release of her new book in any sort of paper format, it would be available on Kindle. As I was also given the information that Ms Dugdall's novels are set in Suffolk where I live, and that her two previous books have been exceptionally well received, everything conspired to encourage me to download "The Sacrifical Man".

Well! I am SO glad I did! There are two major characters in this book: the first, Alice, is the woman (is she deranged, or is she not?) who has assisted in the suicide of someone whom she hardly knew, having met him on the internet, and with whom she has developed a unique relationship. Alice, an academic, is beautiful, intelligent, talented, manipulative and totally conceited, taking every opportunity to tell us about her beauty and intelligence. She draws us into the story by taking us into her confidence and speaking to us directly in the present tense, talking intimately to us as her audience, telling us her darkest secrets (and my goodness, they are dark!).

Alice has already been tried and found guilty of assisting Smith's suicide and is awaiting sentence. It is apparent that this was not euthanasia, because Smith (his internet chat-room name) had merely told her he didn't want to live any longer and needed the experience of death.
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