The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder – Sarah J Harris
The Colour of Bee Larkham’s murder follows the story of 13-year-old Jasper, an autistic boy who has face blindness and synaesthesia. He is convinced that someone has murdered Bee Larkham, but no one believes him.
I’ll start off by saying that this is a truly unique book. A combination of his autism, face blindness and synaesthesia creates a character like no other and a really interesting narrative. The way that Jasper describes the colour of people’s voices is really enjoyable to read. As a reader, you truly love Jasper. I created a bond with him extremely quickly and really felt his intense emotions during upsetting scenes.
The story is also incredibly intriguing. All the while you are kept o your toes and you never truly know what is going on until the very end. You can guess, of course, but you are never completely certain if you are right or not. I have to admit, there were times when the story was a little slow and dragged on a little bit for my liking, but it wasn’t something that I couldn’t get through. The way the ending was handled also wasn’t particularly my favourite and I think the climax should’ve been different, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that this is a really, really good book.
4/5 for me.