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When Probation Officer Cate Austin is given her new assignment, she faces the highest-profile case of her career. Alice Mariani helped her lover to die, and Cate has to recommend a sentence. But first she needs to understand.
Why did Alice agree to everything he asked of her?
Ruth Dugdall’s novels are pulse-quickening and compulsive, in the vein of Anita Shreve and Jodi Picoult. They are concerned with the lives of women and the moments in childhood that turn us, irrevocably, into the adults we will become; the harrowing paths that we take, the paths that we are unable to resist.
‘Utterly chilling and enthralling from the first line to the last.’
‘An unflinching journey, chilling and insightful, into the darker reaches of the human mind.’
‘Those who have read the debut novel and expect a sucker punch twist in the tale will not be disappointed, Dugdall bowls a googlie you surely cannot expect coming.’
‘The book is not straightforward for as soon as the reader thinks that they know where it is leading, Ruth Dugdall throws a curve to keep you guessing. The characters are real and three dimensional - they walk among us…a must read novel.’
‘Dugdall challenges our preconceptions on just about every emotive topic out there. Bold and clever in her storytelling, she forces a spotlight into the darkest corners of humanity.’
‘I’d highly recommend The Sacrificial Man. It is one of the most enjoyable books I have read in a long time. The plotting is excellent and the books easy to read nature while touching on so many dark subjects make it a “must-read”.’
‘The first thing you notice about Ruth Dugdall’s The Sacrificial Man is the author’s mastery of cadence. This is psychological suspense written in short, sculpted sentences with an unfailing ear for the rhythm of words…Dugdall isn’t above a twist in the tale, but it’s a concession to the form: character-based crime fiction rarely handles the emergence of details with such an assured sense of pace and acuity for the complexity of human character.’