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Publisher's Summary

How do you solve a mystery when you can’t remember the clues?

There are three things you need to know about Jasper.

  1. He sees the world completely differently. 
  2. He can’t recognise faces - not even his own. 
  3. He is the only witness to the murder of his neighbour, Bee Larkham. 

But it’s hard to catch a murderer when you can’t recognise their face....

An extraordinary and compelling debut which will make you see the world in a way you’ve never seen it before.

©2018 Sarah J. Harris (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"A rich tapestry...distinctive and compelling." (Observer)

"A beautiful, original novel, at once funny and tragic and brave." (Sarah Pinborough)

 "Intriguing, original and memorable - I couldn't put it down!" (Libby Page, The Lido

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  • 09-05-2018

An Interesting Listen

The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder was a book that I was very much looking forward to considering the hype surrounding it but in the end, it just left me rather underwhelmed. The idea is really interesting – a 13-year-old suffering from synaesthesia and facial blindness gets embroiled in the murder of his neighbour – but it was a frustrating read in the hands of this unreliable narrator. We know that his early conclusions are obviously not right, which makes them all the more annoying to reread over and over again. Understandably there has to be a lot of repetition due to Harris writing as a boy with learning difficulties but as a book, it becomes quite tiring to read. Perhaps this is the point, to show exactly how sufferers of this particular disability deal with, but it didn’t quite hold the attention as I would have wished.

That being said, it’s clearly well-researched and picks up a little towards the end. It’s unfortunate that a lot of the excess could have been edited out and the final book would have probably been more enjoyable but there we are. I’m glad I read it, it was certainly interesting and the plot itself was intriguing… It just didn’t grab me like I’d hoped. Comparisons to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time are not entirely off-base and although this is far more adult than that particular book, you’ll definitely be reminded of it throughout.

The narration is good though in terms of the different voices, it is a tad shouty and squeaky at times. A solid performance that worked well with the subject matter.

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