The Outcast Dead

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5 out of 5 stars
By Saffy on 02-24-14

Excellent addition to the series

I have listened to all of Elly Grifiths Ruth Galloway books and this is definitely the best in the series. The plot is much tighter and the pace quicker than in some of the previous books and I was absolutely gripped. As usual the merging together of past and present is brilliantly done and the characterisation is excellent. I love the atmospheric Norfolk setting of the series particularly the descriptions of Ruth's home on the salt marshes. If you have not read any previous books in this series I would suggest starting at the beginning as the various relationships between the characters will make more sense. Clare Corbett reads this beautifully, although sometimes the male voices are not quite convincing! A highly recommended listen

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Colby on 02-16-14

Elly Griffiths Is Better than Ever

What made the experience of listening to The Outcast Dead the most enjoyable?

The story is more complex than previous Ruth Galloway novels, and the elements all fit together beautifully. I've listened to the book twice in two weeks, and saw the hints and nuances that make this such a thought-provoking story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The characters are all evolving, changing with time and experience, though Nelson is as unpleasant as ever. It is a pleasure to see the younger police maturing, and Ruth seems more comfortable in herself than she has been previously.

What about Clare Corbett’s performance did you like?

Male and female characters are easily distinguished and identified by their tones and accents, and her children's voices are delightful.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The relationship between Cathbad and Judy has been a source of such unhappiness and difficulty for them, that when Judy spoke to her husband about their marriage and he responded so honestly and touchingly, I had tears in my eyes.

Any additional comments?

This author has published novels in different genres, all of which I have enjoyed. But this book, The Outcast Dead, is a huge leap forward in her writing.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Natasha Kucinskas on 09-19-16

Excellent Read

I really enjoy listening to Claire Corbett telling a story, she has a good range and is very clear. The Storyline was excellent with a great range of characters and you know what? I usually guess the culprit but pleased to say that I was shocked at who did what.. Really good book!

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By sandra streeting on 09-12-16


Great storyline as expected from Elly Griffiths. Cannot wait to start next book tomorrow... .

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Morphing mim on 09-09-16

Enjoyable twisty plot

There are lots of different strands in this story, entwining the lives of a wide range of characters.
The characters are sympathetically drawn, complex and flawed.
The narration is ok but the different voices used are not convincing. They are grating, particularly the shrill, annoying voices used for children.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By lizzie on 08-06-16

An interesting book

If you could sum up The Outcast Dead in three words, what would they be?

Atmospheric different interesting

What other book might you compare The Outcast Dead to, and why?

The Lewis Man Same atmospheric tone and good characterisation

Which scene did you most enjoy?

In the playground

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Join the dig and don/t be afraid of the dark

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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