From New York Times bestselling author Gilly Macmillan comes this original, chilling and twisty mystery about two shocking murder cases twenty years apart, and the threads that bind them.
Twenty years ago, eleven-year-olds Charlie Paige and Scott Ashby were murdered in the city of Bristol, their bodies dumped near a dog racing track. A man was convicted of the brutal crime, but decades later, questions still linger.
For his whole life, filmmaker Cody Swift has been haunted by the deaths of his childhood best friends. The loose ends of the police investigation consume him so much that he decides to return to Bristol in search of answers. Hoping to uncover new evidence, and to encourage those who may be keeping long-buried secrets to speak up, Cody starts a podcast to record his findings. But there are many people who don’t want the case—along with old wounds—reopened so many years after the tragedy, especially Charlie’s mother, Jess, who decides to take matters into her own hands.
When a long-dead body is found in the same location the boys were left decades before, the disturbing discovery launches another murder investigation. Now Detective John Fletcher, the investigator on the original case, must reopen his dusty files and decide if the two murders are linked. With his career at risk, the clock is ticking and lives are in jeopardy…
About the Author
Gilly Macmillan is the Edgar Nominated and New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew. She grew up in Swindon, Wiltshire and lived in Northern California in her late teens. She worked at The Burlington Magazine and the Hayward Gallery before starting a family. Since then she's worked as a part-time lecturer in photography, and now writes full-time. She resides in Bristol, England.
“A brilliantly clever ending caps this riveting thriller. Macmillan remains a writer to watch.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Praise for Odd Child Out: “With characters who are sympathetic and believable, Macmillan’s latest will keep readers in suspense to the very end. Highly recommended.”
— Library Journal (starred review)
“The story is emotionally compelling and Macmillan nails the complexity of adolescent friendship.”
“”In this engrossing novel... the action builds to a shattering conclusion.”
— Publishers Weekly
“[A] taut psychological thriller”
— Birmingham magazine
“intricately worked out and impossible to put down”
— Sullivan County Democrat
“hard to put down the book... The storyline is intriguing, full of twists and turns, and readers will become fully invested in these characters, all of whom are interesting in their own right.”
“Subtle, nuanced writing and a compelling, timely story taut with tension—Odd Child Out is a hugely satisfying and thrilling read. Highly recommended!”
— Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door
“This is a fascinating book focusing on the aftermath of the Somalian concentration camps and the effect it held on those who were involved… Macmillan changes the course of direction of the story several times, which makes for interesting reading. The characterizations are vivid and come alive on the page.”
— RT BOOKReviews
“…a clever, dark, compulsive read… If you liked All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda, you’ll also enjoy this one.”
— Birmingham magazine on What She Knew
“A wonderfully addictive book with virtuoso plotting and characters -- for anyone who loved Girl on the Train, it’s a must read.”
— Rosamund Lupton on What She Knew
“Gilly Macmillan digs in deep and gets right to the heart of her characters in this rich and engrossing novel. Vivid, smart, and propulsive, I KNOW YOU KNOW [is a] thoroughly immersive thriller of the first order.”
— — Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of UNDER MY SKIN