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The Outlander

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

an excellent historical thriller

In 1903, nineteen years old Mary Boulton calmly grabs her husband┬┐s rifle and fires killing him. The widow knows she cannot hang around not because she fears the law, but her abusive brother in laws would enact vengeance in their vicious style.----------------- Mary...
In 1903, nineteen years old Mary Boulton calmly grabs her husband┬┐s rifle and fires killing him. The widow knows she cannot hang around not because she fears the law, but her abusive brother in laws would enact vengeance in their vicious style.----------------- Mary flees across wintry isolated Idaho and Montana while knowing in her composed gut they pursue her. On her trek, she reflects on her unhappy but thankfully short marriage exacerbated by the dead child. As her deep depression enables her to remain eerily unruffled, she meets people along the way. First there is the Frontiersman who admits creeping civilization makes him depressingly feel like an anachronism then there is the Reverend who treats her like an adored daughter. There are others some not as kind towards the itinerant female especially after a mining disaster that the locals feel she caused by being there. However, the worst is coming as the brothers are nearing and the Reverend wants to change their relationship to that of more of equal partners.------------- An allegory of a way of life that seems all but vanished, THE OUTLANDER is an excellent historical thriller starring a strong support cast, a spirited lead female, and a vivid picturesque setting. Readers anticipate High Noon is coming, but it is the trip to the final showdown that makes for a deep look at early twentieth century America in a remote part of the northwest.---------------- Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Good book club selection

The first part of the book was harder for me to get into, even though the book starts out suspenseful. After the first 4-5 chapters, I thought the story built up really well and then I could not put it down. Really interesting snapshot of the time period, wilderness a...
The first part of the book was harder for me to get into, even though the book starts out suspenseful. After the first 4-5 chapters, I thought the story built up really well and then I could not put it down. Really interesting snapshot of the time period, wilderness and mountain settlements.
Very interesting characters and the choices they make. I think it would make for a good book club discussion.
I think this would also make an interesting film.......

posted by coffee_luvr on October 26, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    Left bored

    The book got my interest in the beginning, but by the end I was bored. The whole time I waited for the reason she became "the widow" but I was not amused. The main character was at no point likable nor interesting. You could tell the author tried to develop her character, but it wasn't done well.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    The Chase an Adventure Story

    Entertaining,adventure story probably more appealing to a female reader. The story offers unusual characters, realistic atmosphere, a substantial plot and place. Fine reading for a rainy day and a hot toddy.

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