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Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer

Title: RubberneckerRubberneck

Author: Belinda Bauer

Publisher: Grove Atlantic, Atlantic Monthly Press

Published: August 14th, 2015

Rating: 4.5/5

What a definitely different in a good way book! Patrick Fort is eighteen years old, has Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism, and he’s off to Cardiff University Hospital to study anatomy. He’s been fascinated by death since his father died, starting by collecting and looking at dead animals before moving on to dissection and his choice of university course. He finds it difficult to relate to others, seeing things differently often focussing more on the minutiae of what is happening around him which makes him a brilliant amateur detective when he starts suspecting something wrong is happening in the hospital.

Samuel Galen was seriously injured in a road traffic accident and is in a partial coma in the hospital’s neurological wing. He witnesses a young doctor murdering the patient in the next bed to his and starts to worry about his own life when the same doctor starts taken more interest in Samuel himself.

As the storylines of these two converge this story takes on added impetus as the mysteries unfold. The relationship between Patrick and others, the dreadful dilemmas of someone in a partial coma unable to help or express themselves, the intrigue and drama throughout the story all make this a superb read. From people who have Aspergers, I understand that this is one of the best portrayals they have read and the author makes Patrick an endearing character, one you accept warts and all. The story has humour as well as mystery and is an enthralling read.

Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book is available from a variety of sources including

amazon.co.uk           amazon.com          barnes and noble

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