Friday, December 13, 2013

The Outcasts by Kathleen Kent

Publication: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

A taut, thrilling adventure story about buried treasure, a manhunt, and a woman determined to make a new life for herself in the old west.

It's the 19th century on the Gulf Coast, a time of opportunity and lawlessness. After escaping the Texas brothel where she'd been a virtual prisoner, Lucinda Carter heads for Middle Bayou to meet her lover, who has a plan to make them both rich, chasing rumors of a pirate's buried treasure.

Meanwhile Nate Cannon, a young Texas policeman with a pure heart and a strong sense of justice, is on the hunt for a ruthless killer named McGill who has claimed the lives of men, women, and even children across the frontier. Who--if anyone--will survive when their paths finally cross?

As Lucinda and Nate's stories converge, guns are drawn, debts are paid, and Kathleen Kent delivers an unforgettable portrait of a woman who will stop at nothing to make a new life for herself.

The main reason I was initially attracted to this book was the western setting. When I was younger, I would always sit and watch westerns on TV with my dad. The Outcasts sounded just like the type of western thriller that I would’ve watched on TV. So I wanted to try it.

Lucinda Carter is a prostitute who is not satisfied with how her life is and manages to escape from a brothel in the middle of the night. She leaves with money stolen from the woman who owns the place. Lucy is on her way to reunite with the man that she loves who is in search of buried treasure.

I did question some of her motives for doing some of the things that she did. I don’t believe she did everything for survival, I think there was more too it.

Nate Cannon is married and wants to provide a good home for his family. He joins up with Texas Rangers in search of a very bad man named McGill who is wanted for murder.

The story alternates between two points of view, that of Lucinda and Nate ; until they eventually come together.

The Outcasts has a lot going for it; Texas Rangers, prostitutes, action, romance, murder, betrayal, and drama. All of this takes place in Texas during the late 1800’s.
It took me a little bit of time to get into the story, but once I did the pace moved fairly well. And the story was quite enjoyable.


RATING: 3½ out of 5.

**I received this book on behalf of the publisher in exchange for nothing, but my honest opinion. Thank you.**





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  1. This sounds really unique! I'm not a huge fan of westerns but I really do enjoy The Quick and The Dead movie. :) I think I may try to snag this next time I'm at the library if they have it. Great review!

    Kay @ It's a Book Life

  2. Thanks Kay. If you grab it, let me know if you like it.