Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer

5th May 2020.   4 stars.

When it comes to crime fiction I always enjoy something different from the often predictable police procedural and serial killer thrillers. And this story is different from the first page to the last. It grabbed me with its distinctive style and approach.

I enjoyed the author’s style of writing and characterisation, especially Patrick Fort, the unlikely hero of this tale about an unusual murder, set in the Intensive Care Unit of a hospital. He has Asperger’s Syndrome, which gives him a unique outlook and viewpoint that can be disturbing, humorous and incisive at times, but always believable.

The story also deals with the lives of some of the other characters on both sides of ICU, which helps paint a convincing picture of the department, the patients trapped there and what it’s like to nurse them. Some of the humour was deliciously dark.

The steady pace of the story picks up as the climax approaches and the truth is exposed. In the end, it all felt a little too easy to resolve, but offered a neat surprise I appreciated.

I’ve never read Belinda Bauer’s books before, but I’ll be reading more in the future.


Patrick has uncovered a crime that the experts were too close to see . . .

Life is strange for Patrick Fort – being a medical student with Asperger’s Syndrome doesn’t come without its challenges. And that’s before he is faced with solving a possible murder.

Because the body Patrick is examining in anatomy class is trying to tell him all kinds of things. And now he must stay out of danger long enough to unravel the mystery – while he dissects his own evidence . .

Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer

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