The Sacrificial Man What I want to say is that suicide is my choice No one else is to blame Man seeks beautiful woman for the journey of a lifetime Will you help me to die When Probation Officer Cate Austin is given her

  • Title: The Sacrificial Man
  • Author: Ruth Dugdall
  • ISBN: 9781908248008
  • Page: 309
  • Format: Paperback
  • What I want to say is that suicide is my choice No one else is to blame Man seeks beautiful woman for the journey of a lifetime Will you help me to die When Probation Officer Cate Austin is given her new assignment, she faces the highest profile case of her career Alice Mariani is charged with assisted suicide and Cate must recommend a sentence Alice insists her stoWhat I want to say is that suicide is my choice No one else is to blame Man seeks beautiful woman for the journey of a lifetime Will you help me to die When Probation Officer Cate Austin is given her new assignment, she faces the highest profile case of her career Alice Mariani is charged with assisted suicide and Cate must recommend a sentence Alice insists her story is one of misinterpreted love, forcing those around her to analyze their own lives Who is to decide what is normal, and when does loyalty turn to obsession Investigating the loophole that lies between murder and euthanasia, Cate must now meet the woman who agreed to comply with her lover s final request Shocking revelations expose bitter truths that can no longer be ignored.

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    About “Ruth Dugdall

    1. Ruth Dugdall says:

      Ruth Dugdall was born in 1971 She holds a BA honours degree in English Literature Warwick University and an MA in Social Work University of East Anglia She qualified as a probation officer in 1996 and has worked in prison with offenders guilty of serious crimes, including stalking, rape and murder This has informed her crime writing Since she started writing, Ruth has won awards in several writing competitions, and has had short stories published in the Winchester Writers Conference and the Eva Wiggins Award anthologies.Ruth is also the news presenter on Felixstowe tv probably the smallest tv station in the world.



    2 thoughts on “The Sacrificial Man

    1. To all appearances Alice is a successful professor, a woman who has it all together. Why then is social worker Cate being asked to write a sentencing recommendation for this woman? Dark, dark book, disturbing and begs an answer to the question of nurture vs. nature. Also how much does a horrifying incident in ones childhood effect ones actions in future. Also the whole debate on euthanasia and ones right to choose their own death. This psychologically twisty book is not for everyone.

    2. The expression unputdownable is probably over used but this book almost qualifies. The reason you have to put it down sometimes is to absorb what you’ve read. Ruth Dugdall’s novels are dark; they tap into some of our basest fears and as such they can repel us at times – for a little while, until we MUST continue reading.It is hard to believe that this was only Ruth’s third novel, as she has the ability to move you, make you feel uncomfortable and to provoke you to think about the incredi [...]

    3. The story of a woman charged with murder for her role in an assisted suicide. Is this murder, or compassion? Such is an ethical dilemma for our time, but here the implications are deeper for the woman consumed some of the dead man's flesh. Was this just offering a merciful helping hand or something more sinister? The question is not only if a crime was committed, but if so, is the culprit sane? and how much of a punishment does she deserve? It is up to her probation officer to recommend a senten [...]

    4. I think I found my new favorite author! It's my second book written by Ruth Dugdall and man was it good or what?! Twisty, dark, creepy and sick- right up my alley! loved every minute of it. warning, it's not for everyone. if you can't stomach unlikable characters, death and mental illness, look for something else. And as for me, I love good writing and twisty tales so Ruth Dugdall is my go to girl for a fix of something dark and creepy. awesome!

    5. 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 [...]

    6. The great thing about this authors books is that even though they all feature Cate Austin they can all be read as a stand alone. The Sacrificial Man is the second novel and the only one I hadn't read.With another hard hitting story line, this novel had me gripped from start to finish. Alice is a very complex character. She lost her mum at a young age and even though she was brought up in a fairly normal home with her adoptive parents she never really gave back the love they tried to show her. Sh [...]

    7. I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about the Sacrificial Man, nor how to respond to it. Recommended by Carol at Reading, Writing and Riesling, the blurb certainly sounded intriguing. The Sacrificial Man tells the story of Alice Mariani, a woman convicted by the courts for helping her lover to die. As Alice insists she has done nothing wrong and deserves no punishment, probation officer Cate Austin begins her investigation to determine an appropriate sentence for the crime.The reader might ex [...]

    8. This is a staggeringly dextrous book. It is told deftly from the perspective of two narrators. Both of them have a distinct worldview that is utterly convincing. There are real horrors inside this book but, unlike as occurs too often in the horror genre, this is no done needlessly, but worked into the plot. Many preconceptions I had about love and relationships were challenged and shaken up by this book, and I can give it no higher praise than to say that it made me consider powerful issues afre [...]

    9. This book isn't my usual type , but the synopsis intrigued me. It kept me gripped to the end , which was powerful and there was a twist I didn't see coming. I liked the alternate points of view , and the fact that the author skilfully leads us to think one thing , then turns that on its head , then back again. Very very good book, I look forward to reading more from this author.

    10. Controversial topic of assisted suicide, but was it??? So clever story! This is the second in the series and can't wait to read the next!

    11. Having read The Woman Before Me by Ruth Dugdall and loved it, I was thrilled to get a review copy of Dugdall's second novel about probation officer Cate Austin through NetGalley. The Sacrificial Man is a gripping, can't-stop-reading, kind of novel. It follows a similar structure to The Woman Before Me, in that it follows our "criminal," in this case Alice Mariani, beautiful, narcissistic, and convicted of assisting in a suicide. The novel also follows Cate Austin, the probation officer assigned [...]

    12. How to review this book? Certainly Ruth Dugdall is a talented writer and she tackles some really controversial topics. In this case - assisted suicide. I imagine many of us can see a case for euthanasia for terminally ill people if they so choose. But when the person is not illAlice Mariani answers an ad from a man seeking a beautiful woman to help him die. It comes to pass and she pleads guilty to assisting his death. To protect her he has left a suicide note so there is no question of murder. [...]

    13. This is the second Cate Austin novel, the said Cate being a parole officer in this book preparing a presentence assessment for a court. As in her first book, The Woman Before Me, this book also follows another character, who is really the protagonist even if she is also the criminal. In this book Alice has helped her ‘boyfriend’ die, but all is not as it seems and as the book sucks us into this page turner, we aren’t sure who to like or feel sorry for. Alice is a complex and largely unlike [...]

    14. This book is very suspensful - I finished it even though it was painful to read, and did want to know what the end is goind to be. Even so, I must say that as a reader who likes psychological thrillers and is not at all squimish, this book was quite sick, even for me. It is all about sick - sick relationships, sick thinking, seriously digusting acts, sick decisions. The writer has some compassion towards the main character, Alice, but none for any of the others, which is very disturbing sometime [...]

    15. Ruth Dugdall has created a second book featuring Cate Austin, a Probation Officer. As in The Woman Before Me the reader enters the story after the crime and after the trial but Alice has not been imprisoned, instead the judge is waiting for Cate Austin to recommend a sentence. Alice answered an online advert 'Man seeks beautiful woman for the journey of a lifetime. I will lift mine eyes to the hills, from whence cometh my help. Will you help me to die?' Smith is dead but should Alice be punished [...]

    16. This is the second book in a row that I read by Ruth Dugdall (the one I read last was The Woman Before Me). I have to say I enjoy the character of Cate Austin, a probation office who's job is to decide if the "prisoner" gets parole or if they are still a danger to themselves or society"-she is a common character in both of these books). Each of the books has a lot of twists and the "case" is always unique and interesting. This book was about a woman who was in jail for an assisted suicide with a [...]

    17. This is one of the best books I've read in quite awhile. It is not your usual assisted suicide story at all. It is very dark and can be quite gruesome at times, so be forewarned. The main character is Alice Mariani, who is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to assisting her lover to commit suicide. Probation Officer Cate Austin must recommend her sentence. As Cate looks into the matter we learn of Alice's back story and it is a dark one. As the story progresses we hear from Alice telling [...]

    18. Ruth Dugdall is no stranger to fiction lovers. She has authored psychological novels that unlock hidden secrets. Through her writings she has explored the psychology and motivation of deviant, sometimes bizarre, behavior and get inside the minds of ordinary people who act in extraordinary ways.The Sacrificial Man is an intriguing psychological thriller with twists and turns, and a story in which the reader will be absorbed into the pages of the book until the final page is turned. It is totally [...]

    19. Another great readI really enjoyed this, the story fascinated me. I was a bit disappointed with the ending I feel it could have been better

    20. After reading Dugdall's first book THE WOMAN BEFORE ME I was kind of expecting something a bit wow from THE SACRIFICIAL MAN. Which it delivered in that sort of sock removing, what the, oh boy, cook your own dinner I'm reading, kind of way.Mind you, it's a bit on the sneaky side. The story starts out with Cate Austin out of the prison system, working her first new assignment which is a sentencing recommendation for Alice Mariani. As explained in the blurb, Mariani helped her lover to die, and she [...]

    21. In ‘The Sacrificial Man’, probation officer Cate Austin is involved in a morbid case in which an attractive woman Alice Mariani is charged with assisting the suicide of her love, Smith (whose real name is David Jenkins). Alice insists that she hasn’t done anything wrong but it’s up to Cate to investigate and analyze to reach a final decision.The storyline is more interesting than it sounds. It explores beyond the usual questions of whether it is ethical to choose to end one’s own life [...]

    22. This is good if weird and a bit creepy. It revolves around a woman who assists her lover to commit suicide, which is probably quite common and not suspicious, but she also eats a portion of his flesh. So quite gruesome, fair warning.It took a while to get into it because I couldn't warm to Alice. I'm not one to insist on my protagonists being likeable, especially if they're the criminal, but I found her exceptionally dull for perhaps the first quarter. However, as the book went on, I began to re [...]

    23. Assisted euthanasia, suicide or murder. Cannibalism. Freakybut in a good way. The book focuses on Alice Mariani who was arrested for the death of her boyfriend, Jenkins, after responding to an online advertisement wherein he seeks assistance in committing suicide. After her release from custody, her case is handed over to Cate, a probation officer, who is tasked to examine all aspects of the case to reach a suitable recommendation for sentencing. What appears to be a straight forward suicide by [...]

    24. Most crime novelists opt for murder as their crime of choice. Suicide is a kind of murder but who do you prosecute? What about the person who assisted with the suicide? That's still a crime technically although the courts are more understanding where a person has a terminal illness. It may be wrong but it is understandable. But what if a total, apparently healthy young man advertised for a stranger to help him kill himself? And he found one. What then?Bottom line? I enjoyed this. It asks some se [...]

    25. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased and honest review.Alice is being charged with the murder of a man who committed suicide while she did nothing to stop him or get help which may or may not have saved him. Basically, she watched him die because he did not want to die alone. Trying to understand what happened is Cate, a Probation Officer.The question is whether Alice is guilty of murder? Is she at all sane? Did she knowingly allow a person to kill himself fo [...]

    26. I am glad I did not spend a lot for this book because I really did not enjoy it. I gave it 2-stars because I did actually finish the whole book and I reserve 1-star ratings for books that I can't even finish. I did not like any of the characters in this book, and sometimes that is okay, but I didn't even dislike the characters - there was just no connection at all. As many reviewers have said, the book isn't really about the right to die. It's more about an emotionally damaged woman and her emot [...]

    27. I had a little trouble getting into this book at the start; the character and point of view changes often and I sometimes felt a little dizzy trying to remember whose brain I was inside of at the moment. With that said, the characters are distinct and compelling and take their places in a dramatic storyline that twists in ways I was certainly not expecting. Most people have seen the headlines about the German man who seduced a fellow over the internet and wound up killing and eating him. We know [...]

    28. I read this straight after The Woman Before Me and I'm so glad I did. Although the storylines are very different theyhave the same character probation officer Cate Austin. I love Ruth Dugdalls style of writing short, sharp and to the point without missing anything out. The Sacrificial Man is quite a disturbinf story that shifts your emotions and views constantly. When Alice sees an advert for a beautiful woman to help a man end his life she instantly knows she is that person. The story flits bac [...]

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