Post Script: The Sacrificial Man – Ruth Dugdall

A deeply disturbing psychological thriller, you will not be disappointed.

The Sacrificial Man

Ruth Dugdall

Legend Press

ISBN: 9781908248152



Second novel from the award-winning psychological crime author of The Woman Before Me. 


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 story is one of misinterpreted love, forcing those around her to analyse 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.



My View:

This is an amazing narrative that will both compel and repulsive you simultaneously;  this is a great piece of fiction that will reverberate in the dark places in your mind. Stunning!

Be warned, this book is not for everyone. The themes in this novel are confronting, uncomfortable, black and ghoulish and ultimately will leave you feeling very sad. In this novel there are no heroes, all the cast are victims to some degree in this complex plot. The writing is superb, the plot intricate and surprising. I have never come across a book quite like this and I know I will not be forgetting this journey for quite awhile.

6 thoughts on “Post Script: The Sacrificial Man – Ruth Dugdall

  1. Carol – There are certain books like that aren’t there? They are dark and haunting and hard to read. But they get hold of one and won’t let go. It sounds as though this is one of those books. I’m glad you found it worth the journey.

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