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The Outcasts

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  1,256 Ratings  ·  247 Reviews
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 bo
Hardcover, 322 pages
Published September 2013 by Hachette Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2013)
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Diane S ☔
Dec 12, 2013 Diane S ☔ rated it really liked it
Extremely glad to see the reemergence of the Western novel and this novel embodies many of the features of the old westerns; a prostitute, a killer, a town where treasure is supposedly hidden and of course, lawmen. A chase, and a unpredictable ending make this a face paced and entertaining read.

Lucinda, never could quite figure out if I liked this character or not. Was she at all sympathetic, yes, I sympathized with her early life and her illness at a time when it was not at all understood. But
Tara Chevrestt
I love strong women in books, and when I saw this cover and read the blurb, I thought, "Heck yea."

While I didn't hate this story, I'm a tad disappointed. I thought I was getting some kinda gun-slinging woman outlaw, but truth is, she only actually wields a gun once at the end and she's really just a cold, heartless whore--made that way by men. There's something a bit crazy about her, to be honest, and I'm not referring to her seizures.

The story alternates between her and Nate, a new Texas Ranger
Oct 31, 2014 Emily rated it liked it
I really loved the atmosphere and the setting of this book, but found it difficult to care about its protagonists. Kathleen Kent can write a pretty sentence, but it felt like the third-person narrative was far too distanced from its characters. I didn't end up really liking either Nate or Lucinda, which meant that the second half of the book dragged much more than the first. There is only so much riding across the desert that one can do before action is required.

Ultimately, I just didn't find th
Nicole Overmoyer
Sep 06, 2013 Nicole Overmoyer rated it it was amazing
I am so sad that I finished this book.

I want it to keep going and going.

I won it in a Goodreads FirstReads giveaway and the moment I pulled it out of the envelope, I knew I'd like the book. So kudos first to whoever designed one of the best book covers I've seen in a very long time.

More kudos to Kathleen Kent for the interesting, intriguing, and excellent plot she created in this book.

The main characters, Lucinda and Nate, don't even meet until the last fifty pages or so and while that may seem
Sep 30, 2013 Mirella rated it it was amazing
I loved this novel! The Outcasts is an engrossing novel set in the American west where no one is perfect and everyone is in search of something! The story unfolds through the points of view of Nate Cannon and Lucinda Carter.

Nate is an immediately likeable character. He leaves a young wife at home to join a cattle drive and later the Texas State Police. On his first assignment, he encounters two crusty old Texas Rangers, George Deerling and Tom Goddard. They have spent a lifetime hunting a ruthl
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When we first meet Lucinda “Lucy” Carter, it’s the late1800’s and she’s making her escape from a Texas brothel with more than a few dollars of the madam’s stash in tow and an invitation to teach in Middle Bayou, Louisiana. She’s got more to do in Middle Bayou than just teach, though. In fact, a man is supposed to meet her there and he’s got buried treasure on his mind, and plans to use Lucinda to get it. Meanwhile, young N
I don't typically gravitate to Westerns in my reading, but I couldn't resist the setting in this one: Galveston, Texas (not to mention Austin and Houston).

It is a tale of the law chasing a criminal across the state to right a wrong. The characters here are well drawn and the plot lines believable. The story focuses on a Texas law man, Nate Cannon, newly sworn in, that is to deliver news to two fellow lawmen that a wanted killer, McGill, has been spotted in the far reaches of Texas. Texas is big
Mar 01, 2014 Cheryl rated it did not like it
I was really excited to read this book. I love westerns and the book cover for this book is eye catching. However, once I actually cracked open this book, I found it was nothing like I was hoping for. I kind of found Lucinda to be crude. Nate is unmemorable. In fact, I could not really tell you what this book was about as I only got about ten chapters in and put the book down with no regrets. Plus, it moved extremely slow with little action from what I saw. I like my westerns to have lots of act ...more
Jan 17, 2014 Bunny rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-14
After Code Name: Verity, this one needs to not hurt me.

Oh, thank god, there was no weeping.

Despite knowing that Kathleen Kent is a great author (love Heretic's Daughter, actually got into a long discussion with a big burly truck driver once about how much it rocked), I was hesitant about this book. The cover made me want to read it immediately (I do judge books by their covers), but it's a western, and I just don' westerns.

I was captivated from the start, though. Lucinda creeping out o
Mar 22, 2016 Kara rated it really liked it
Additional Info based on 2nd reading finished last night:

This book was more interesting on the second reading. I got more insight into the characters and the plot was as fun as ever. I am now a staunch a Kathleen Kent fan. Don't miss this if you're looking for a fun read with some literary qualities!

Original Review (only 4 stars, but true observations):

This was my first experience reading Kathleen Kent, and I very much enjoyed it. Fans of historical fiction from this time and place should be we
It's not you, Outcasts. It's me. I just don't like depressing historical fiction. I guess I am not literary enough to appreciate the high body count and terrible things that happen to most of the characters. This book does seem well written to me. Characters were complex and detailed. the psychopaths of the story were especially well-done. The setting was rich and seemed historically accurate (although this area/ time period/ socio-economic subgroup is not exactly my area of expertise), and I le ...more
Jan 26, 2015 Elise rated it liked it
We have come a long way from the 1870s, even in Texas.
In the course of her life Lucinda samples all the available careers for women at that time: wife, mother, prostitute and schoolteacher. Desperate for acceptance as an epileptic she falls in with the plans of a client, who unfortunately is a homicidal killer hunting for rumors of Lafitte's lost gold in the bayous between Houston and Galveston.
Hunting the killer is a trio of lawmen, 2 old timers and a rookie who earns their respect and trust.
Judy King
Nov 06, 2013 Judy King rated it it was amazing
Wow...What a great couple of reading weeks this has been -- the last four books have all be extra special -- every one a book I didn't want to end -- and The Outcasts has been the pick of the litter. What are the signs of extra special books? for me it is a great "Hook" and Kathleen Kent (I've loved her other books: The Heretic's Daughter is another favorite) can cast that hook better than most. I read nearly 40% of the book on the first night...Saturday. I read til about 1:30 and then had to fo ...more
Aug 27, 2013 Peggy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Not a western lover or partial to Texas as a locale, this book captured me immediately. It opens with a prostitute running way from her brothel with the Madam's live savings. The interesting twist with this character is she is epileptic! This is 1870, not much known about things like this yet. It made her story very interesting.

There are three lawmen on the trail of a very dangerous killer. Two are seasoned Texas Rangers and one is a young Texas policeman. I really enjoyed watching the bonding o
The Outcasts by Kathleen Kent. To start with, the heroine's history and through her own eyes comes to the fore. She had epilepsy before anybody knew what it was, and her father considered it a curse of the Lord and put her into an institution. She had a wonderful empathy and ability to relate to the sick, the downtrodden, no matter what the problem. And they all loved her. She was also intelligent...intelligent enough to make her own way and out of situations that could and did do real damage to ...more
Oct 22, 2013 Margaret rated it it was ok
So this book started out good and I looked forward to the whole treasure hunt aspect. Sure it was a bit slow but I held in there hoping for more than what I got out of the book. I had hoped that I would have to write a good review since I won it on goodreads but, alas, I didn't care for it. ):
I mean it just went on and on and on! I was dying of boredom by the time I finished and almost shouted for joy when it was over. It was mainly about death, travel, sex, death, guns, and more sex.
For more p
Lucinda Carter has escaped the Texas brothel with enough money to sustain herself as she travels to the Gulf Coast to meet her lover who has plans to make them rich chasing rumor's of buried treasure. At the same time, Texas State Policeman, Nate Cannon, is chasing a ruthless killer of men, women and children, named McGill, across the frontier. As Nate and Lucinda's stories intertwine, a truth is revealed, guns are drawn and debts are paid as Lucinda stops at nothing to make a new life for herse ...more
Nov 22, 2013 Albert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Outcasts is a strong searing drama about murder and drama during the 1800s on the Gulf Coast. The pace is slow with action throughout but to call it a thriller would be incorrect. The driving force behind the Outcasts are the characters and the ties that bind them.
Lucinda Carter escapes from a brothel to meet with her lover and plan a new life. She knows that the man she loves is different than other men but she excuses his crimes with a lie of what he could be.
William McGill is a murdere
Oct 27, 2013 Randy rated it it was amazing
There are two threads running through this story. In one, Lucinda Carter escapes from Mrs. Landry's brothel. The girls can leave any time they want, but are searched and any money they managed to save up is confiscated for business expenses. But Lucinda not only escapes with her savings, but goes the madam one better. She'd discovered the woman's secret stash and looted it, slipping out in the night with a homemade key, from a pressing in soap, and is hours gone before anyone knows any different ...more
Nov 05, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
This is my kind of book! A modern western set in Texas after the Civil War complete with shoot outs, drug addiction, romance, and spicy characters.

Each chapter alternates between the two main characters: Lucinda a prostitute in love with an outlaw and Nate Cannon a young Texas sheriff. It's not rightly stated, but I assumed that these two characters would eventually meet. And they do after about 2/3rds of the book. Some reviewers did not like that it took so long for these two to interact, but
Nov 15, 2013 Beverly rated it really liked it
Kent’s latest is a departure from her earlier novels, but her talent for writing strong female protagonists in well-written stories that invoke the sense of place and time shines through once again.
This story takes place in 1870’s Texas, recovering from the Civil War and where often justice and lawlessness is often the same thing. It is in this fascinating setting that we meet the multi-layered complex characters as they explore the dark corners of love, hope, betrayal, and revenge. The storylin
Lisa Wilson
Sep 13, 2013 Lisa Wilson rated it really liked it
Note: I received a promotional copy of this book from a give-away contest from either Goodreads or from the author's website (not sure which as I think I entered 2 contests,and no notation was included in the package I received in the mail).
I really liked Kathleen Kent's first two books, so I was eager to read her latest offering. I am not typically a fan of stories set in the old west, so I was pleasantly surprised that I ended up liking this book a great deal. The story follows two different
Jan 14, 2014 Sandy rated it liked it
It's always a thrill when my friend Paulette hands me a book without comment from her extensive audiobook collection as happened with The Outcasts. One of her many interests is books set in Texas, something I might not necessarily explore on my own. The Outcasts is a real Texas western, with a ruthlessly bad guy killer on the loose, a green Texas lawman, two grizzly seasoned Texas Rangers, and a brothel whore. The surprise is that the characters drive this novel more than the action. Nate Cannon ...more
Oct 04, 2013 Alisa rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was AMAZINGLY written. Not usually a fan of western-themed books or movies, I thought this book would be the same. But it truly drew me in and I could not believe the character development throughout this book. It has some shocking turns of events and I honestly cannot believe how it ended. It still drives me crazy!! That's how connected I was to the characters and the story... I felt offended that someone I had come so close to could be such a deeply depraved person. But the ...more
Aug 01, 2014 Mina rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book through a Good Reads giveaway and was very excited...I had already read The Heretic's Daughter....The Outcasts is set in the west...Texas and New Orleans...not my usual genre...but the location only enhances the starts of slow but races to a great finish...Kathleen Kent's development of characters is fantastic...Lucinda, Nate, Dr Tom, Deerling and Bill are intertwined in such a is like peeling the layers of an onion till you get to the center and everything mak ...more
Nov 26, 2014 1864 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 24, 2014 Flo rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written "western" by Kathleen Kent, the first novel I have read by her. I will definitely look for another. Although the name of the book is The Outcasts, I don't think it describes the main characters at all. Lucinda is not "outcast." She runs away from her husband and father who seem like perfectly fine people, and are not outcasts themselves. She becomes infatuated with a heartless killer and is willing to do everything and anything for him and almost does. She's intelligent but ...more
Virginia Campbell
Mar 04, 2014 Virginia Campbell rated it it was amazing
A masterfully told tale of suspense, murder and mayhem, and ultimate justice in the Old West, "The Outcasts" is a triumph for author Kathleen Kent. I am a lifelong lover of the Western genre, raised in a household of fellow Western lovers, and I was enthralled by the characters and story line of "The Outcasts". Anyone who truly loves Westerns knows that they are timeless, and Ms. Kent has beautifully captured all of the elements which make these stories resonate with readers. The tale begins wit ...more
Apr 05, 2014 Ruth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
c2014: FWFTB Texas, policeman, violence, frontier, truth. The book started off really well although I was unable to like any of the characters. Even Nate with his supposed gentleness did not click with me. Unfortunately, the story then started to drag once the mysterious back stories have been sort of explained. Undoubtedly an exquisite bit of writing but the plot was a bit of a let down. For all that the characters stories eventually end up dovetailing, I found there was very little interaction ...more
Aug 27, 2014 KWinks rated it really liked it
It's been a long time since I read anything like this. Blame my addiction to Penny Dreadful. I wanted something from a similar time period, and the cover is gorgeous. It's Western. It's historical. It's not half as violent as I thought it would be. In fact, some of the story is just plain boring. There is a lot of sitting by sick beds. What kept me hooked was the myth of pirate treasure and the idea that Lucinda was a different character then she turned out to be. What actually worked for me was ...more
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