- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Bantam Press (31 Jan. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0593066928
- ISBN-13: 978-0593066928
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (321 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 392,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Rubbernecker Hardcover – 31 Jan 2013
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"Bauer's great gift is her ability to surprise the reader... [and] she makes you think a bit differently about the world." (Daily Telegraph)
"Taking the psychological thriller into new territory" (Independent)
"This excellent, thought-provoking novel will hold your attention from the very first page" (Bella)
"This could be the most astonishing whodunnit you are ever likely to read" (Red Magazine online)
"Rubbernecker isn't your average crime novel: it's far better than that" (We Love This Book)
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Top Customer Reviews
The novel is also partly set in a neurological ward and we have as one of the narrators one of the people in a coma; he is struggling to muster up any communication that can be understood by the people watching him, those wanting him to return to life; this gives us a unique and fascinating viewpoint on events, and I felt this was a very clever device to use within the story. Another viewpoint is the selfish lazy nurse who was out for herself, this introduced another angle to events in the ward.
Patrick becomes intrigued about the cause of death of the body his group is working on dissecting in his anatomy class. Unlike most of the other students who are studying medicine and saving lives, Patrick has a specific quest which makes him singularly interested in anatomy as a means to answering the question which has dominated his thoughts since his father left his life. `He didn't care what made people work. He was only interested in what happened whey they stopped...'
Patrick's curiosity and determination is what drives the story forward. He slowly begins to find a new interest in his life, a new goal to solve the fresh mystery he has uncovered. He also developes a little in his interactions with people, such as with compassionate fellow student Meg, despite the boundaries and limitations of behaviour and understanding of others that his condition dictates.Read more ›
Grisly, macabre and in places gloriously blackly funny, this book is a compulsive read. It may be a cliché, but I really couldn't put it down. Bauer doesn't hold back in describing the ghastly horrors of the dissecting room or the tragedies and cruelty of the coma ward but rather brilliantly manages to keep just enough lightness of tone to make these subjects not just bearable but weirdly enjoyable. The characterisation is excellent; Patrick, with all his misunderstandings of other people's responses and vice versa, is particularly well drawn, a likeable and sympathetic hero whose sometimes outrageous actions somehow manage to make perfect sense. But the other characters are well developed too: Meg, a fellow student of Patrick's, dragged into his mission despite her better judgement; Sam, the coma patient; Tracy, the nurse who's trying to catch a man; and, not least, Patrick's mother, driven nearly to distraction by her son's odd behaviour. The plotting is good and more complex than it seems at first sight; it moves along at a fair pace and the author pulls all the threads satisfyingly together at the end.
Original, well written and gruesomely entertaining, this is a great read that I think takes Bauer to a new level - highly recommended.
NB This review is of a proof copy provided free of charge by the publisher.
This is unlike anything I've read before. The protagonist and the premise are both completely unique, and Bauer has somehow managed to take some really dark subject matter and make it great fun to read about. The story flits between several different points of view and each one has a really distinct and engaging voice - Patrick himself, a coma patient on a hospital ward, a lazy and selfish nurse. You get absolutely sucked into the twists and turns of the plot and I stayed up far too late at night to reach the end.
It is clear that Belinda Bauer has spent time in the dissection room herself and that she must have the keenest powers of observation to convey its unique atmosphere so accurately. The days of disrespectful pranks are long gone, but the utterly surreal atmosphere does breed a certain brand of black humour. The very squeamish amongst you might want to take care when reading Rubbernecker because some of the scenes might be a little too gruesome for those with a delicate disposition - saying that, it is mostly quite clinical and there's no gratuitous gore or violence so I think most people would have no trouble.Read more ›
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I like crime thrillers, and this one has an intriguing premise as well as being well written. I've since bought it for someone else (who enjoyed it) and read some of her other... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pepe El Gordo
Excellent book with an autistic young man as the central character. I am now trying to find all her other books.Published 1 month ago by Felicity Wills
This book intrigued me from the start. Although the subject matter is seriously dark, it is also searingly witty at times. Some of the scenes made me cry with laughter. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Black bamboo
Have read most of the author's books but think this is my favourite ..Was cheering on Patrick from the beginning .. Read morePublished 2 months ago by mrs s mchugh
I really enjoy Belinda Bauer's books and there is no denying that she is a brilliant author but I found this book somewhat frustrating compared to the others. Read morePublished 3 months ago by S Elliott
Stretched credibility at times, especially when everything had to be tied up at the end.definitely at least one too many sub plots.Published 5 months ago by G78