The Outcasts by Kathleen Kent (2013)


Bibliographic Information:

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316206113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316206112
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches



Author: Kathleen Kent

Lucinda Carter is running away from the business of prostitution for the promise of buried treasure…so she thinks.


Lucinda Carter wants a new life with her new lover who is promising they will both be rich from another man’s buried treasure. Lucinda runs away from the brothel where she works and becomes a teacher. All the while, she is focused on the main goal of her big life changes: buried treasure. Her lover comes to help her find the buried treasure. But not everything is as it seems.

Nate is an Texas policeman looking for a serial killer with two seasoned Texas rangers. Nate is pure at heart and wants to do things right, including the capture of a cold-blooded murderer. Eventually, Lucinda and Nate’s lives intertwine, neither of them expected each other.


The Outcasts is a wonderful book. The reader will want to keep going until they figure out how a former prostitute and a policeman connect. Kathleen Kent leaves clues along the way to make the reader wonder. The Outcasts will keep the reader at the edge of their seat until the end. I wasn’t sure about reading something from the Western genre but The Outcasts makes me want to try out more Western books.

VOYA’s Review Codes (scale here):

Quality: 5Q

Popularity: 3P



Appeal factors:

Storyline: Intricately plotted

Writing Style: Compelling

Tone: Atmospheric; Dramatic; Suspenseful

Character: Complex; Well-developed

Book discussion questions or ideas:

What did you think of Lucinda’s relationship with her lover? Would you consider it a healthy relationship?

How do you think relationships such as the one Lucinda shared with her lover are similar to relationships today? Are they different?

Do you think Nate handle things the right way in the end?

Why I chose it:

I was interested in reading The Outcasts because I loved The Heretic’s Daughter, which I read a couple months ago. I also wanted to try out a Western novel and I figured one by an author I already liked couldn’t so bad. I definitely want to try and read another Western novel after this book.

Author Interview:

My Bookish Ways

 Book Reviews:

Dallas News

Kirkus Reviews

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The  Reading List (RUSA): 2014



Author: thefinalchapterssite

Frantically reading 35 books in 4 months! Really intimidating and definitely a challenge. The VOYA Review Scale: Quality: 5Q - Couldn't be better written 4Q - Writing is not perfect, but very good 3Q - No major writing issues 2Q - Probably needs additional work 1Q - Major writing issues, so bad that the reader can't fully enjoy the book Popularity: 5P: Wildly popular, probably wait until the craze dies down to read it 4P: People will read to see what the fuss is about 3P: May convince some people with pushing 2P: Not for everyone 1P: Only for people interested in the subject matter

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