There's an ever growing pile of books I want to read…
A Week of Reviews: Saturday
I considered skipping the weekends for my week of reviews because I’m tired and I work weekends but I’d read seven books and I really wanted to review this one and do it justice. I thought it was so, so good. Kate, my lovely sales rep from Transworld/Random House brought me (well, I guess technically it was for the store!) a copy of the new book by Belinda Bauer, Rubbernecker, to read. Kate and I go back quite a long way. I think she’s known me since I first started at my company seven years and six stores ago. She impressed upon me how good she thought Rubbernecker was good and how much she wanted one of us to read it. This is just the sort of talk that is guaranteed to intrigue me so I ran off with the proof and put it at the top of my pile.
I had a vague sense of this book before Kate handed me a copy. I felt like I’d read a positive review or had someone tell me I should read it but, beyond that, I hadn’t really heard of Belinda Bauer. I’m not really sure why not because she’s just the type of writer I like and now I can read all of her other books. Or put them on my wishlist anyway, since I won’t be actually buying books for another nine months.
Rubbernecker is a crime thriller about several intersecting lives and mysteries. It mainly centres on Patrick, an young man with Asperger’s syndrome an obsession with dead bodies. Since the unexpected death of his father, he has being trying to understand what makes a dead person so different to a living one. What changes when the body dies? Where does the person they were go to?
Patrick is studying anatomy at university as part of his search for understanding when he uncovers a murder. Something isn’t right with body number 19.
The other main character, Sam, is in a coma ward following a car accident. He is slowly coming back to life when he starts to suspect that some of his fellow patients are not dying natural deaths.
The writing was incredible. From the first sentence, I was completely hooked and not being able to predict all of the twists meant that I had to keep reading. The author seemed to have a really clear picture of how things worked inside the heads of all of her characters and they all read believably.
I could tell you everything that I liked about this story but then you wouldn’t get to experience it for yourself. There were so many twists and turns, some that I saw coming and some that I didn’t. I’ve heard it compared to Mark Haddon’s ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime’ and although, as they both have narrators on the autistic spectrum, there is an element of truth to this, I really think that this novel is something entirely its own.
I honestly can’t think of anything that I didn’t enjoy about this book. I’ve got nothing. Read it!
P.S. I liked the advance cover, but the final cover for the hardback is pretty great: