FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF SNAP
*WINNER! Crime Novel of the Year*
'Contains one of the most startling plots in contemporary crime fiction' Sunday Times
Patrick has uncovered a crime that the experts were too close to see . . .
Life is strange for Patrick Fort - being a medical student with Asperger's Syndrome doesn't come without its challenges. And that's before he is faced with solving a possible murder.
Because the body Patrick is examining in anatomy class is trying to tell him all kinds of things. And now he must stay out of danger long enough to unravel the mystery - while he dissects his own evidence . . .
'Bauer's great gift is her ability to surprise the reader: in the sense of making you jump out of your chair, certainly, but also in that she makes you think a bit differently about the world' Daily Telegraph
'Breathtaking. I read this and wished I'd written it' Val McDermid
'This could be the most astonishing whodunnit you are ever likely to read' Red Magazine online
Readers love Rubbernecker:
'A compelling, intelligent thriller' *****
'A totally brilliant story . . . Gripping and heart-felt' *****
'Original and absorbing - a great read' *****
British author Bauer's highly original mystery boasts two unusual protagonists. The first is Sam Galen, a man in a coma ("I'm asleep and I cannot tell you how hard I try to wake up"). The other is Patrick Fort, who has Asperger's syndrome. Patrick has trouble interacting with people, but thanks to a disability quota, he has been admitted as a medical student to Cardiff University in Wales. In an anatomy class, Patrick and four other students learn to dissect a cadaver (identified only by number) and discover the cause of death. Patrick risks everything to make the correct diagnosis, even when his efforts could not only get him expelled but also threaten his life. Bauer (Blacklands) brilliantly captures both the horror and helplessness of Sam's being mentally alive in an unresponsive body, as well as the mystification Patrick suffers in virtually all dealings with others. Even without the author's absorbing storytelling, this standalone deserves attention for sheer inventiveness.
After hearing about this book on radio 2 book of the month, I thought I would give it a go and I wasn't disappointed, there were lots of twists and turns keeping you glued to the pages from start to finish, although the closing was a little lame, but still an exciting read.
I defy you to put this down!
I'm lucky to have friends and relatives with autism, so I could really relate to this outstanding book. This is the only time I have awarded 5 stars to a modern thriller. Can't wait to read more from this fresh, original and inspired author. Thank you!
This is unlike any other murder mystery I've read. The lead character is fascinating and the plot twist totally unexpected. I really enjoyed the way the story was laid out, with the different perspectives all coming together at the end.