383256144.5 Stars

Published August 12th 2016 by Dreamscape Media

Patrick Ford grew up wondering. When his father dies after being hit by a car, Patrick wanted to know what happens when someone dies. To find answers, he registers at Cardiff University in Anatomy with the goal of dissecting a dead body and hopefully finding answers, what he finds is not what he expected at all.

Belinda Bauer does a fabulous job with this story. The characterizations of Patrick (a young man with Aspergers), his mother and his dissection partners and mentor is wonderful. The story is told from two POVs. The first is Patrick, the second is a patient in a coma. His thoughts, what he can see and hear are shared. How these two seeming unconnected views connect was wonderful. This was a unique story and plot, at times humorous, at times sad. As we follow Patrick in his thought processes, we see someone who becomes obsessed and does not understand how is actions are perceived by others. Just when I thought the story was over, the murder solved, the story continues. There is one more thread that needs to be followed and tied up, which it is. All in all I found this a very well done story, with a mostly believable plot that kept me reading to the end. I listened to the audiobook and the narration was very well done. Andrew Wincott did a great job reading this story and gave a wonderful voice to Patrick. I recommend this story to those who enjoy a mystery with a bit of a different plot and storyline.

About the Book: 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.

Belinda BauerAbout the Author: Belinda Bauer grew up in England and South Africa. She has worked as a journalist and screenwriter, and her script THE LOCKER ROOM earned her the Carl Foreman/Bafta Award for Young British Screenwriters, an award that was presented to her by Sidney Poitier. To appease her nagging mother, she finally wrote a book. With her debut, Blacklands, Belinda was awarded the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year. She went on to win the CWA Dagger in the Library for her body of work in 2013. Her fourth novel Rubbernecker was voted 2014 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. In 2018 her eighth novel, Snap, was longlisted for the Man Booker prize. Her books have been translated into 21 languages.She was a runner-up in the Rhys Davies Short Story Competition for “Mysterious Ways,” about a girl stranded on a desert island with 30,000 Bibles. Belinda now lives in Wales.