Winner of the Theakston's Crime Award 2014
The dead can't speak to us,” Professor Madoc had said. But that was a lie. Sometimes, only an outsider can get to the truth. Patrick had been on the outside all his life. Thoughtful, but different, infuriating even to his own mother, his life changes when he follows an obsession with death to study anatomy at university. When he uncovers a crime that everybody else was too close to see, he proves finally that he has been right all along: Nothing is exactly as it seems. And there have been many more lies closer to home....
©2013 Belinda Bauer (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd
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I enjoyed this story on the whole, with its main character being an Aspergers man, I felt that most of the time his reactions were as true to life as was probable, but I was a trifle dismayed to hear him being discussed as being 'disabled'. I liked Patrick and his odd ways, the way that he coped with college life was well told.
The mother was also a bit strange, but I suppose that was relevant to the story.
All in all I enjoyed this book and finished it in one day. Will look for more by this author.
"Good but -Takes a While to Get Going."
Yes but with a warning that they'll need a strong stomach to withstand the detailed postmortem passages and there's lots of them! Belinda Bauer novels are, almost by definition, very rich in detailed characterisations and background information and that's what makes them stand out from the rest. In this novel all the action really takes place in the second half but some of it is pretty unexpected and worth waiting for.
I've read a couple of her novels before and yes indeed she has her place on my list.
Excellent narrator. Entirely competent and very, very engaging to listen to. I'll definitely keep an eye out for more done by him.
Yes. It was definitely worth the stomach-churning moments in the 'lab' and the wait for the plot to unwind.
A novel with the usual Belinda Bauer seal of 'different from the rest'. This is no run-of-the-mill thriller and as you'll hear.....no run-of-the mill hero either!. This guy is SO refreshingly different and his directness will give you more than a few smiles. Great stuff because he can get away it too!
"Really enjoyed this story."
Never read the book.
This as my first time using audible. This was on Simon Mayo's book club.
I really enjoyed the story and I enjoyed listening to it.
This seemed to take a long time to get going and to begin with I wasn't going to finish it. I did come back to it after listening to a different book and it did get better. The central character has Aspbergers and I thought that was well observed. Not for the squeamish as there is a lot of autopsy type detail but that was an integral part of the book. I won't be in a hurry to read more from this author so I rate it as 'ok' but not above that.
"not the usual"
only for those who like a story which is a little different like all Belinda's stories.
"Original and entertaining"
I would thoroughly recommend this refreshing read. The author captures the main character with an ASC in an entertaining but non patronising way. The story is well developed. I would definitely want to hear more from this author. I particularly liked the way the character played on his condition a little.
"Great story, shame about the Welsh accents"
This is a really well written story and I loved the slow development of the autistic central character. The story had a well drawn supporting cast, some interesting twists and turns and I loved the parts of the story told from the viewpoint of the coma patient. A very satisfying read.
My one issue was the narrator. He read the story well but his Welsh accent was poor. I'm from Cardiff where the story is set, but all attempts to create a genuine sense of place was seriously undermined by the narrator's attempts at a Welsh accent. I'd be happy to listen to him narrate another story, but one better suited to his vocal range.
"Excellent in every way."
Beautifully written and narrated with a good pace and interesting characterisation. Kept me entertained throughout. The only problem was finishing it too quickly! I will certainly be investigating more of Belinda Bauer's work and other books read by Andrew D. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
"An enjoyable listen"
The narrator is always number one for me - they can ruin a good story, or make a bad story sounds great. I enjoyed listening to Andrew Wincott bring this book to life for me
The way in which the main characters Aspergers syndrome didn't follow some of the stereo typical portrayals in the media. As the step father of an Aspie young adult, I think the portrayal was very real & could help people understand the condition.
Not to spoil it, but when a certain character is being interviewed by the police towards the end, and an item in an evidence bag is used to great effect......
Although a neck isn't really made of rubber....
I will most definitely be looking for books from both the narrator & author again.
"Shades of "Dog in the night-time""
Probably not but then that's because there are too many other books I haven't even heard once....also it's partly a mystery and I know the solution now.
The mystery of the dog in the night-time.........because of the point of view of the Asperger's hero/detective. In this case it is a young adult.
Not any single scene ...but the workings of Patrick's logical mind were always good as were the thoughts of the male hospital patient.
Not quite but I felt a strong sympathy with the Patrick's parents.
Very well Narrated. I will consider purchasing other books by this author, and other books not necessarily by this author with this narrator.
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