ARC Review: The Color of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah J Harris

Whatever happens, don’t tell anyone what you did to Bee Larkham…

Jasper is not ordinary. In fact, he would say he is extraordinary…

Synaesthesia paints the sounds of his world in a kaleidoscope of colours that no one else can see. But on Friday, he discovered a new colour – the colour of murder.

He’s sure something has happened to his neighbour, Bee Larkham, but no-one else seems to be taking it as seriously as they should be. The knife and the screams are all mixed up in his head and he’s scared that he can’t quite remember anything clearly.

But where is Bee? Why hasn’t she come home yet? Jasper must uncover the truth about that night – including his own role in what happened…

Disclaimer: I was provided with a Physical copy of the book by Harper Collins India in exchange for an honest review. However, all the thoughts, feelings and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

The blurb of the book got to me – it had to, for me at least with all the books on my TBR – but a book about a boy who sees the world in colors had me just at that description!  

Jasper Wishhart is a young teenager with severe learning disabilities; a boy who has to be on autistic spectrum but with a little difference – he doesn’t recognise people; but he definitely recognises the color of their voices!  

Now this would seem interesting to read about – but to be honest, it was a bit jarring to read about the characters and try and recognize not by their names but by the colors Jasper has assigned to them. This was a brilliant stroke by the author; because it put us in the metaphorical shoes of a boy who is different from us in so many ways, but is also quite similar.  

Now Jasper has lost his mother, the only other human being who could understand what he understood about the world and how he understood it as well – now being raised by his retired military father who just wants him to be normal and not at all difficult like he actually is.  

When Bee Larkham moves in the house opposite to Jasper’s, its like a sign from his mother to him (according to him) for she is from the same stratosphere of colors as his own mother.  

This book took me a while to get through – mostly cause that it is actually difficult to see the world through his colourful eyes – before Jasper I couldn’t even begin to fathom the infinite combinations of colors there could be in the world. So, I had to take breaks to acclimate myself to the world he sees to the world I saw!  

The plot itself, did seem to be dragging in the middle – yet since I actually read this book in parts, this in itself didn’t actually make a whole lot of difference to my reading experience.  

I have intense admiration and respect for this author, for she has taken the chance of actually writing about protagonist who sees the world we see even if its in different way than we do! 

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .5

AMAZON INDIA | AMAZON US

 

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