Wednesday, 20 March 2013
Rubberneckers by Belinda Bauer
'The dead can't speak to us,' Professor Madoc had said.
That was a lie.
Because the body Patrick Fort is examining in anatomy class is trying to tell him all kinds of things.
Life is already strange enough for the obsessive Patrick without having to solve a possible murder. Especially when no one believes a crime has even taken place. Now he must stay out of danger long enough to unravel the mystery - while he dissects his own evidence.
But as Patrick learns one truth from a dead man, he discovers there have been many other lies rather closer to home..
.I found this book extremely addictive - it has an unusual narrative as one of the main narrators is a patient who is in a coma. Another main character is Patrick who is a medical student who, while dissecting a cadaver in his anatomy class, believes that something isn't right with this death. Link this with his fascination of death following witnessing his father's death at the age of five, and you have the ingredients for a fantastic read.
Bauer writes, in places, very graphically about the dissection of cadaver number 19, but this is balanced out by the humour which is included in the book. Patrick is very set in his ways and has Asperger's Syndrome, and this leads to a number of comedic events as he lives away from his home for the first time.
This is a compelling read and I urge all of my blog readers to pick up this book. I have read previous books by this author and I must say that I believe this is her best so far and I am really looking forward to her next book.
Thank you to the publishers, Transworld, for sending me a eBook to review.