The Sacrificial Man – Ruth Dugdall



Legend Press Ltd

My Rating – 4 stars

This is Ruth Dugdall’s second psychological thriller featuring Probation Officer, Cate Austin, the first being The Woman Before Me.  Typically, I have got it wrong again and read this one first but I am now looking forward to reading the first book in the series!

Cate Austin’s latest case is a tricky one as she has to recommend a sentence for Alice Mariani, charged with assisted suicide.  Before you sigh, “Oh no, not another euthanasia tale”, this story has very little to do with ethics but more of a reflection on the lengths some folk will go to out of love for another human being, even if that love is born out of a warped sense of loyalty.  Alice is an intriguing character, not the most endearing and often quite chilling in her steely self possession.  As the novel progresses we learn more about Alice’s background, the traumatic events which have made her what she is today and we start to see a chink in her emotional armour.

This thriller will grip you, not letting go until the final page and then you’ll feel quite dazed by the whole experience.  Not for the squeamish, with a dash of cannibalism, this is a dark, bleak, delightfully disturbing read.  It all feels very authentic, testament to Ruth’s previous career as a Probation Officer.   Looking forward to catching up with The Woman Before Me and reading more from this talented author in the future.

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  1. Ruth Dugdall says:

    Just wanted to say thanks for the review. It shouldn’t be a problem to read them in the order you are; they are designed to `stand alone`. And, truth be told, I prefer this one. Glad you enjoyed it. x

    Ruth Dugdall.

  2. Teresa says:

    And thank you for commenting Ruth! Still looking forward to reading your less preferred one. ;-)

  3. Lindsay says:

    I hope to read this one at some point; I read The Woman Before Me when I first received my Kindle and thought it was a good read. Thanks for the review Treez.

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