The Sacrificial Man – Ruth Dugdall / #Review #BlogTour @Legend_ Press @ruthdugdall



Cate Austin #2

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 Review

If you are a fan of dark books, you should certainly pick this one up. It’s disturbing, repulsing and made me feel sick sometimes, but on the other hand it’s also heartbreaking. 

Why are people driven to some acts sometimes? Don’t they realise they start a chain reaction? Don’t they see what they are doing to innocent human beings? It really does no surprise me how traumatised that can leave them. 

There is a thin line between helping a friend die and not helping him when he is dying. Are you innocent or are you a killer? After all when you make a plan, you have to stick to it, right?

Is there a victim and a killer? Is there a friend helping a friend? Is there a friend being helped by a friend? Is the friend helping the friend a killer or a victim? Is the friend being helped by the friend a killer or a victim? Are both killer or both victims?

These are questions answers need to be found for. 

It was a very fascinating story and the author created an interesting main character Alice. 5 stars.

Thank you, Ruth Dugdall and Legend Press.


About the author

Ruth studied English at university and then took an MA is Social Work. Following this she worked in the Criminal Justice System as a social worker then as a probation officer. Part of this time was spent seconded to a prison housing serious offenders. She continues to work within the Criminal Justice System, most recently in Luxembourg.
Ruth’s novels are informed by her experience and are “authentic and credible”.

Ruth’s first novel, The James Version, is a historical fiction based on the actual murder of Maria Marten at the Red Barn in Suffolk. The story is re-told with a fresh light on who really killed Maria.

Her second novel, The Woman Before Me, won the Debut Dagger in 2005. It is the story of Rose Wilks, a female stalker imprisoned for killing a child, who claims to be innocent.

Her third novel, The Sacrificial Man, was published in 2011.
It is the story on an Internet suicide pact that goes wrong.

Humber Boy B, set in Ruth’s birthplace Hull, was published in 2015 as was Nowhere Girl, which is set in Luxembourg.

Apart from The James Version, all of Ruth’s books feature probation officer Cate Austin. “Probation officers have more face-to-face contact with criminals than any other profession,” she says, “they are the unsung heroes of the Criminal Justice System.”


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