Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer

I bought Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer because I’d recently enjoyed her novel, Snap. I’d also previously enjoyed her novel, Exit. Rubbernecker is an earlier book, published in 2013.

It is the story of Patrick, who is 18 years old and has Asperger’s. He wants to understand the difference between life and death, and what happens when we die. So he heads to university in Cardiff to study anatomy. There, he is teamed up with a group of medical students, where they spend months dissecting a body – Number 19.

Meanwhile, a man lies in a coma in hospital. He can hear and sometimes see. He can think and he can remember. But none of the medical staff understand and can help him. All he wants is to see his wife and daughter, but they never visit him.

Working on the ward, nurse Tracy Evans is far more interested in the patients’ families than the patients themselves. She’s got no time for coma patients blinking, making noises or trying to spell out words.

Patrick becomes convinced that he’s discovered a murder, but nobody will believe him. Who would believe a boy who doesn’t understand human emotions or jokes, can’t make friends and can’t bear being touched? Even his own mother is glad to be rid of him.

Can Patrick persuade those in authority that he’s telling the truth? And can he stay out of danger and out of trouble for long enough to solve the mystery?

This is another very entertaining, very clever read from Belinda Bauer. I’ll be honest, I found the start a bit slow and initially didn’t enjoy it quite as much as Snap and Exit, but the pace soon quickened up and there were lots of twists and turns.

Whether you enjoy thrillers humorous books or any other genre, Rubbernecker is a fantastic read and I would highly recommend it.

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