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The Outlander

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10 out of 15 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

7 out of 7 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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  • Posted November 17, 2009

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    What a poorly written book!!

    I really did not like one thing about this book. If I had not been reading it for my book club I would not of finished it. I really do not get the good reviews I read on the website. "?????" What was the point in refering to her as the widow for the whole book? If the author loves writing in a poetry style....stick with that. I would yell from the building tops....don't waste your time, but alas I already have. Want to read something good....read the one below




















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  • Posted August 22, 2009

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    Outlander: the unfulfilled plot

    Adamson presents an engaging idea of a widow who kills her husband and sets off into the wilderness to escape the two twin brother's-in-law tracking her to bring her to justice and or kill her. Little is done however, to develop the widow as a character. Nearly a hundred pages into the book one cannot find an explanation as to why she killed her husband, nor does one readily come by the end. It isn't learned until several chapters what her name is. Several hundred pages one knows very little about the main character at all, and has little sympathy for her meanderings, all trivial and forced. One can only guess in the end why the widow killed her husband. Mostly, since the husband is painted very sympathetically, there seems little motivation on the widows part to have done the deed. Secondary characters are given better to full development, like the widow's father, who is mentioned often, enough that one expects to see him, or for there to be a confrontation between him and the widow. Further inconsistencies include the fact the window can't read, but for convenience later she suddenly reads plenty. This is from a lack of development on the author's part, having written herself to a place she couldn't get out of. Overall, the back jacket of the book wooed me, but the book did not come close to living up to it's expectations. It feels as if information was inserted here and there without any pointed direction on the author's part.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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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 July 23, 2009

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