Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer

 Rubbernecker cover

I would probably never have picked up this book if it hadn’t been that favourite book bloggers enjoyed it so much. Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer was first published in 2013.

Patrick has Asperger’s Syndrome and he only got into university because they have a quota to fill, they need a percentage of ‘disabled’ students and he fits the bill. Patrick isn’t interested in becoming a doctor, he just wants to do anatomy. He had witnessed a bad car crash earlier and is somewhat obsessed with death. His father had died when Patrick was a youngster and no doubt that experience has affected him. His mother is completely stressed out by him.

Patrick stands out as being very different from the other students, he takes everything literally and really just doesn’t understand how people communicate and interact with each other. As part of their studies students are put into groups and given a cadaver to study, stripping it back bit by bit, looking for whatever had caused their death. In time they develop a relationship with the body which for them is anonymous, but they all give their cadavers a name.

Patrick is obsessed with bagging up and labelling everything during the course, and this leads to him having suspicions about the death – things just don’t add up as far as he is concerned.

This was a great read so I’ll definitely be reading more by the author. It has suspense, some humour, horror and quirky characters.

7 thoughts on “Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer

  1. I think this was the first Bauer I read, back when it came out, and I loved it! She can be a bit variable, I think, but when she’s on form she’d definitely one of the best of the contemporary crime/thriller writers. Hope you enjoy getting to know her better!

    • FictionFan,
      It was your review and I think also Margaret’s at BooksPlease that convinced me to give this one a go and I’m so glad I did. I’ll certainly try her again.

  2. I think this is one of her better books, I started reading her when she first appeared but for some reason haven’t for a while. I might see what she has got up to recently.

  3. I’ve read 3 by her and they were all interesting from a psychological point of view but this one had the edge over the others. It wasn’t as obvious what was happening which I enjoyed.

    She lives not very far from me so I really should read all her books!

    • Bookertalk,
      I read far more vintage crime than contemporary and I had never even heard of her before until a blogger reviewed this one. I’ll definitely read more by her. I like to read books by writers who live nearby, especially if they use a local place for the setting.

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