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Odd Child Out

A Novel

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Critical Praise

Praise for What She Knew: “A mother and son spend an ordinary Sunday at a park near Londontown. Until the boy goes missing. Cue dramatic music. This read’s basically The Changeling meets an episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit but set in the UK.” —The Skimm

“Gilly Macmillan introduces some smart variations on the [missing child] theme in her debut mystery...Macmillan enlivens the narrative with emails, newspaper headlines, passages from professional journals, even transcripts from Inspector Clemo’s sessions with a psychotherapist. But her best move is to include vicious blog posts that go viral.” —New York Times Book Review

“A nuanced, completely addictive debut.” —People

Praise for The Perfect Girl: “Gilly Macmillan (What She Knew) deftly explores the intricacies of relationships and the bonds that tie families all while ratcheting up the suspense in this page-turning thriller.” —Real Simple magazine

“With tightly drawn characters, a fascinating storyline and absolutely exquisite narration, The Perfect Girl is sure to keep readers up all night. Gilly Macmillan proves once again to be a master of the written word and is quickly becoming one of my go-to authors.” —Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Baby

“A wonderfully addictive book with virtuoso plotting and characters -- for anyone who loved Girl on the Train, it’s a must read.” —Rosamund Lupton

“As the suspenseful, serpentine tale unreels from the alternating perspectives of several key players, readers will be rooting for the resilient, resourceful Zoe all the way to the perfectly executed final twists.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

PRAISE FOR THE PERFECT GIRL:“A compelling read for fans of psychological suspense.” —Library Journal review

“I DEVOURED The Perfect Girl. An incredible page turner with awesome characters and suspense. Bravo.” —Kate White, New York Times bestselling author

“Macmillan captivates readers with a story just as addictive as her first… [and] shines when exploring the intricacies of relationships… Fans of Tana French, Ruth Ware, and Gillian Flynn will become completely entrenched in the unfolding details.” —BookPage

“With lovely prose, depth of character and an intelligent narrative, Macmillan lifts the level of suspense with stiletto-like precision: a tiny graze here, a shallow cut there and, eventually, a thrust into the heart. At once profoundly unsettling and richly rewarding.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

PRAISE FOR WHAT SHE KNEW:“What an amazing, gripping, beautifully written debut. What She Knew kept me up late into the night (and scared the life out of me).” —Liane Moriarty, New York Times bestselling author

“Macmillan’s magnificent debut delves into the emotional destruction wrought by Ben’s disappearance. No one is unaffected, and she draws out every inch of trauma suffered by all as they search for the boy. . . The culprit is truly a surprise under Macmillan’s clever pen.” —RT Book Reviews (top pick)

“A very clever, tautly plotted page turned from a terrific new writer” —Good Housekeeping

“Heart-in-the-mouth excitement from the start of this electrifyingly good debut…an absolute firecracker of a thriller that convinces and captivates from the word go. A must read.” —Sunday Mirror

“Macmillan peppers her debut with subtle red herrings and a variety of potential suspects, ratcheting up the tension slowly but oh so deliciously.” —Booklist

“Tightly focused and fast-paced. You won’t rest until you really know what happened.” —Lisa Ballantyne, author of The Guilty One

“One of the brightest debuts I have read this year -- a visceral, emotionally charged story….heart-wrenchingly well told and expertly constructed, this deserves to stay on the bestseller list until Christmas” —The Daily Mail

“This accomplished, intelligent debut should come with a warning -- it’s completely addictive. A nail-biting, sleep-depriving, brilliant read.” —Saskia Sarginson, author of The Twins

“An engaging debut.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Readers will have a tough time putting this one down. —Publishers Weekly

“A terrific debut” —Reader's Digest

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062476852
  • ISBN 10: 0062476858
  • Imprint: William Morrow Paperbacks
  • On Sale: 10/03/2017
  • Pages: 448
  • List Price: 10.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Psychological
  • BISAC2: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General
  • BISAC3: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths

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