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"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 had 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...
Publisher: London : Bantam, 2013
Description: 313 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780593066928
Branch Call Number: Baue


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Nov 29, 2020

4 - 4 1/2 star read. This is the second book of Bauer's that I've read and she is one quirky author for sure. Patrick has Asberger's disease and is taking a class in anatomy at the University. Since his Dad died in front of him, Patrick has been obsessed with dead things and this class is one he feels compelled to take. He and his cohort are working on cadaver #19. And Patrick notices things that no one else seems to see and thinks the body is a murder victim and not a natural death, as per the death certificate. But no one believes him and Patrick is left trying to find the answers alone. This was a book that was slow to build but once it got going, it was impossible to put down. A very good read with some interesting twists.

Nov 05, 2017

above:which book are you commenting on?

Oct 17, 2017

Rubbernecker is brilliant. Highly recommend.

Fair warning! The "Opinion" above refers to a different title, "The killing lessons" by Saul Black, and has nothing to do with Rubbernecker.

Jul 21, 2016

I tried and made it to Chapter 10, then closed it for good. Just couldn't get into the story at all.

Mar 15, 2016

This is another eye-opening story about someone with Asperger's Syndrome. I agree with mwofsey's comments: Patrick is a well-rounded figure. He's got Asperger's, but he's also just another human being, wondering why his father had to die when he was young and what happened to him when he died. As he tries to catch the moment between life and death by watching horse races, he also enrolls in an anatomy class at college. No, he doesn't want to be a doctor, just wants to figure this whole death thing out. Patrick learns about why some people kill and he learns about himself.

ECiriello Oct 14, 2015

What a wonderful book! I read the ARC and I was hooked. I'm now reading everything that Belinda Bauer has written (just finished Blacklands and it did not disappoint!).

Sep 30, 2015

People who enjoyed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon (as I did) will find Patrick interesting and well drawn. But the real payoff comes in the way all the strands are pulled together in the surprisingly moving ending, and we learn like Patrick why people are killed and why other people want them to die. Really, this is a very good book.

Sep 24, 2015

Excellent writing, intriguing characters, very suspenseful. Highly recommended.

Sep 14, 2015

Absorbing story of Patrick, a young man with Asperger's who lost his father at an early age to a car accident. At the time, no one explained to him about death or where his father had gone. When he reaches college age he enters university as a student of anatomy (not a med student as the summary says) on a quest to find the answers. To his dismay there are no answers to be found as to what happens after death. However, he does discover a mystery when the cause of death for his group's cadaver does not seem correct. As he seeks to find the answers he gets into trouble and begins to learn more about relating to living humans, including his mother. Good book.

athompson10 Sep 07, 2015

Fascinating main character, well thought-out story and twists and turns until the very end. REALLY good mystery.

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