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Summary

Winner of the Theakston's Crime Award 2014

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 there have been many more lies closer to home....

©2013 Belinda Bauer (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Seeing things from a different angle


A good mystery story that has a new perspective, and a different main character that you are never too sure of his intentions.

An interesting plot, good characters, some dark humour and different settings that add to the story.

I am a little bit jaded murder mysteries, so that is the weak part for me, but if you read only a few books per year, this would be perfectly acceptable.

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Intriguing story and excellent narration

First Bauer book for me - the story was intriguing with different elements and angles / twists. Nothing too cerebral but fills a slot in my library for on the move listening. First class narration - well prepared around the characters with the performance bringing the characters through without over imposing the narration on the story. Definitely coming back for more.

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Enjoyable

I enjoyed this story on the whole, with its main character being an Aspergers man, I felt that most of the time his reactions were as true to life as was probable, but I was a trifle dismayed to hear him being discussed as being 'disabled'. I liked Patrick and his odd ways, the way that he coped with college life was well told.
The mother was also a bit strange, but I suppose that was relevant to the story.
All in all I enjoyed this book and finished it in one day. Will look for more by this author.

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Good but -Takes a While to Get Going.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes but with a warning that they'll need a strong stomach to withstand the detailed postmortem passages and there's lots of them! Belinda Bauer novels are, almost by definition, very rich in detailed characterisations and background information and that's what makes them stand out from the rest. In this novel all the action really takes place in the second half but some of it is pretty unexpected and worth waiting for.

Would you be willing to try another book from Belinda Bauer? Why or why not?

I've read a couple of her novels before and yes indeed she has her place on my list.

What about Andrew Wincott’s performance did you like?

Excellent narrator. Entirely competent and very, very engaging to listen to. I'll definitely keep an eye out for more done by him.

Was Rubbernecker worth the listening time?

Yes. It was definitely worth the stomach-churning moments in the 'lab' and the wait for the plot to unwind.

Any additional comments?

A novel with the usual Belinda Bauer seal of 'different from the rest'. This is no run-of-the-mill thriller and as you'll hear.....no run-of-the mill hero either!. This guy is SO refreshingly different and his directness will give you more than a few smiles. Great stuff because he can get away it too!

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Really enjoyed this story.

Would you consider the audio edition of Rubbernecker to be better than the print version?

Never read the book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

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This as my first time using audible. This was on Simon Mayo's book club.
I really enjoyed the story and I enjoyed listening to it.

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Very enjoyable thriller.

Odd premise. You have to run with it a bit in terms of probability but its quite rewarding. Recommended.

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Riveting- a triumph

Its not fair that one person can be blessed with so many gifts. Terrific writing style, imagination (where/how did she get the ideas and plot lines from?) I’ve had to pause at times to savour the writing or to re-read. The slow but beautifully paced build-up. The characters, ‘crafted’ and authentic.Our hero - the insight into the his mind (in a joyful way). Joseph Campbell would be proud of this hero.

And of course the narrator. 11 out of 10.

This is my third Belinda Bauer Book in less than two weeks. My first read was Exit which I took on two for one offer - the offer was expiring and I couldn’t see anything else to pair with my first choice (which remains unread).
Loved EXIT - (it needs its own 5 star review) Immediately bought two more of her books and highly recommend all. Am about to read a 4th.

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Great story. Cleverly plotted.

I really enjoyed this book. Belinda Bauer is a really clever plotter and this is gripping from beginning to end.

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Excellent, intriguing and kind

Really enjoyed this, liked characters and story and reader. Would recommend this, it starts a bit grim but gets warmer

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Wonderful listen

I really enjoyed this book. Although the plot wasn't particularly complex it was well put together and an enjoyable story. Great narration.