by Belinda Bauer

‘The dead can’t speak to us,’ Professor Madoc had said.

But that was a lie.

Sometimes, only an outsider can get to the truth.

Patrick has been on the outside all his life. Thoughtful, but different, infuriating even to his own mother, his life changes when he follows an obsession with death to study anatomy at university.

When he uncovers a crime that everybody else was too close to see, he proves finally that he has been right all along: nothing is exactly as it seems.

And that there have been many more lies closer to home…

There are several different plots running through this book. Firstly Samuel Galen, a recovering coma patient who thinks he has seen a murder, but is in no position to do anything about it.

Nurse Tracy Evans, not like any ordinary nurse, she is selfish, greedy, unsympathetic. Her story seems, at first, to have nothing to do with the main plot but it is seamlessly interwoven later in the book.

Then there is Sarah Fort, mother to Patrick who has Asperger’s Syndrome. She hasn’t coped very well with his disorder and their relationship is both tragic and moving.

And so we come to the most fabulous character of Patrick Fort. Patrick makes this book, he is a towering character who has you rooting for him from the beginning.

Patrick’s father was killed infront of him when he was only eight years old and ever since he has been obsessed with knowing what happens after death. He takes a college course where he can dissect human bodies and where he believes he will find the answers he is looking for.

Because of his Asperger’s he sees life through a black and white prism, this gives him a unique focus, and when he tells the others that there is something amiss with the cause of death of the body they are working on, no-one believes him.

This book defies categorisation, it is a murder mystery/thriller, but it is filled with black humour. I never thought I would see the funny side of a severed head but I actually laughed my head off (sorry, couldn’t resist 🙂 ). It is such an unusual book with the two main viewpoints being highly original and intriguing.

If you like crime/mystery/thrillers with a difference I would highly recommend this. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.


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