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The dead can't speak to us, Professor Madoc had said. But that was a lie. The body Patrick Fort is examining in anatomy class is trying to tell him all kinds of things. But no one hears what he does, and no one understands when he tries to tell them. Life is already strange enough for Patrick - 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, especially when no one believes a crime has even taken place. Now he must stay out of danger long enough to unravel the mystery. But as Patrick learns one truth from a dead man, he discovers there have been many other lies closer to home.

©2016 Belinda Bauer (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Different

I really enjoyed this book. It was so different than the formulaic mystery/thrillers out there these days. The characters are interesting, frustrating, likable, even lovable at times. And the narrator did an excellent job with the nuances of Patrick's condition. It was an excellent listen.

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Brilliant and absolutely impossible to put down.

Not one wasted sentence. Character rich , smart , unique , unforgettable with a perfectly paced unraveling. The reader is fantastic too - but the book's so good I wished I'd read it myself, curled up without visual distraction.

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Interesting story.

Enjoyed the book though not my favorite Belinda Bauer book. Good mystery. Interesting plot. Lots of unusual characters.

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Awesome

This is one of my favorite reads in the past couple of years! It's tough to critique this incredibly unique story-line - suffice it to say this is a real page turner and extremely well-written. I don't want to give away anything but I read a book every few days and I was so engrossed in the story and the main character that I was sad to let him go in the end and close the book. Just read it - you'll thank me.

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A wonderful story.

I heartily recommend this book. It ticked all the boxes for me: unusual protagonist, overseas location (Wales, in this case) and intriguing psychological elements. Great narration, too.

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an absolute masterpiece

rubbernecker by belinda bauer is alternately creepy, scary, melancholy, darkly humorous, affecting, and elegantly written.
listening to the audiobook doesn't allow you to race through the pages as i did when i read the print copy. you will be able to appreciate the significance of the smallest details, like a tin opener.

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I like the unique story line

It's a murder mystery but with a very unique approach, which I really enjoyed. If you enjoyed the book, "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," you will most likely enjoy this one too. The main characters are similar, but I found the author's insights into autism insightful and many times amusing when presented from the main character's point of view. The story had a lot of moving parts that kept me engaged. The author kept track of everything and resolved them realistically. The writing was full of little side thoughts that gave the characters and scenes a realistic feel not to mention the subtle humor. The narrator seemed to have a great feel for the rhythm of the story, varying his tone, voice, and cadence accordingly.

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Very good mystery for perhaps 3/4 of book.

My rating is closer to 2.5. I enjoyed listening to this book, the first I've read by this author. I felt the narrator Andrew Wincott did an exceptionally good job giving voice to Patrick's peculiar way of expressing himself and reacting to others. It reminded me a little of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," a relatively early book about the autistic spectrum, including Asperger's Syndrome. This trope has become rather commonplace, but Ms. Bauer does a very good job bringing Patrick to life. In general, all of her characters seem well-formed, except for one. (view spoiler) I am beginning to tire of writers' alternating chapters between past and present, as the author does here. Whatever happened to chronological story-telling, perhaps allowing for a flashback now and again? In addition much of the book is told in first person, but the author sometimes shifts point of view, as if the reader gets inside the heads of several different characters. If we are omniscent, why only some and not others?

The main weakness in the story is the way in which the mystery plot and subplot are finally unveiled and resolved. I positively disliked the last part of the book, which really could have benefitted from the intervention of a strong editor. The primary villain was definitively identified for the reader long before the MC (Patrick) figured out who it might be.

I have some other observations coupled with potential spoilers. Please see my review on Goodreads for them. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2281117901.

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Well written change of pace

Enjoyed "Shut Eye" so decided to give this book a try. Glad I did. Andrew Wincott may be the reason. He brought the story to life!

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Unique, But Hardly a Thriller Until The Last Hour

NO SPOILERS REVIEW! It's more of a drama mystery than suspense, but it is unique. The story had a good plot, but it really carried on and on. I was more than halfway through the book before I even saw the plot starting to reveal itself. Other reviewers said it has a little bit of paranormal, but there is actually nothing in it that is paranormal. This is basically a detective story told by a young man with Aspergers, a form of Autism.

The ending was tied up too quickly and a little bit unbelievably for my taste. Some of the sub plots needed more time for me to feel satisfied.

I will say the main character Patrick was enjoyable and so was the narrator.


I would say this one is 40% mystery, 55% drama, and 5 % suspense.

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