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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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  • H. Fosdike
  • 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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  • Katie
  • 11-09-2018

Great story, wonderfully performed

I really enjoyed this book. A very different sort of crime thriller. My only minor complaint is there's quite a lot of American English in it which is a bit jarring as it is set in England and the protagonist is quite pedantic about things!

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  • Me
  • 06-09-2018

Great

This book has a similar situation to the curious incident of the dog in the night time.
So if you enjoyed that your like this one.

It's a bit slow at parts and there are holes in the story but it's still enjoyable

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-08-2018

lovely story

I enjoyed this book and the way everything is so visually described. every time i now see a little yappy dog in my head i think 'yellow French fries' and smile. It gave a fascinating insight into life of this young boy. my only criticism is that the epilogue went on a bit and could have left a little more for our imaginations top decide what happened. the narration was really good and the narrator really helped to add personality to the different voices. I would definitely try another of this author's books.

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  • joanne k.
  • 16-08-2018

Good story but slow starter

It was in the end a very interesting read, however I found the first half very hard going and gave up multiple times. Slow starter but got there in the end

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  • marion0060
  • 07-08-2018

Brilliant

An excellent book unpredictable ending and a fantastic understanding of the autistic perspective on life and the complex relationships between autistic children and their surrounding and an eye opener about synesthesia which I had not previously understood

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  • Mrs
  • 08-07-2018

This really grew on me. Couldn’t stop listening

I found The opening third of this book rather tedious as there is constant reputation and what felt like over emphasis of the main character’s autistic symptoms and synesthesia. However, this is more than justified as the book develops and the story is teased out through the veil of Jasper’s world view and expressed through his description of his paintings. A memorable and different who-dunnit.