Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which I  share excerpts from books…and connect with other bloggers, who do the same.

Let’s begin the celebration by sharing Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and let’s showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56 and excerpt anything on the page.

Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists!

What a great way to spend a Friday!

Today’s feature is a recent download from a favorite author:  Odd Child Out, by Gilly Macmillan…





Beginning:  (After Midnight)

A black ribbon of water cuts through the city of Bristol, under a cold midnight sky.  Reflections of street lighting float and warp on its surface.

On one side of the canal there’s a scrapyard, where heaps of crumpled metal glisten with frost.  Opposite is an abandoned redbrick warehouse.  Its windows are unglazed and pigeons nest on the ledges.


Friday 56:  “These are Noah’s therapy notebooks.  I think pretty much everything he discussed with the therapist is in here, but I warn you, they make pretty boring reading.  And please don’t tell Fi I’ve given them to you.   Noah didn’t want her to see them….”


Synopsis:   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 soon ignites into a public battle.  Noah is British.  Abdi is a Somali refugee.   And social tensions have been rising rapidly in Bristol.  Against this background of fear and fury two families fight for their sons and for the truth.  Neither of them know how far they will have to go, what demons they will have to face, what pain they will have to suffer.

Because the truth hurts.


 Do the snippets grab you?  Would you keep reading? 



    1. Thanks for visiting, Elizabeth, and I love when that happens! Remembering a passage. Obviously I am now eager to find out more about that passage that made is so memorable!

      I feel like I’ve been waiting for this book for ages, so I’m eager to begin. Enjoy your weekend.


    1. Thanks for visiting, Catherine, and I know that I have been looking forward to this one for a long time. Advance sightings of the book kept me eagerly waiting. Now…finally, it is here and I can read! Enjoy your weekend.


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