Book Review for THE COLOR OF BEE LARKHAM'S MURDER by Sarah J. Harris
THE COLOR OF BEE LARKHAM'S MURDER by Sarah J. Harris
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A unique murder mystery with all the colors of the rainbow leading the way to the truth.
THE COLOR OF BEE LARKHAM'S MURDER is a coming of age cozy mystery. I know what you are thinking…what the hell is that? Basically, it is story revolving around a thirteen year old boy with synesthesia, Jasper, who is convinced he killed his neighbor. As the reader gets further into the book, it soon becomes clear many people around Jasper are not what they seem.
What makes this book so refreshing is having Jasper narrate. I was captivated by his brutal honesty and matter of fact attitude because with so many unlikable or untrustworthy narrators in thrillers these days, it was a different perspective. He believes what he remembers is the truth, but even his conviction falters as the mystery unravels. Weaving into the story the synesthesia and his desire to paint ever experience in his life was also a truly wonderful element the author brought to the table. Harris’ writing is expressive, real, and engrossing.
I will be honest. This book took me completely by surprise. With the narrator convinced he knows what happened, I had my mind set on the outcome. However, there are a bunch of twists and turns at the end which make this story even better than I could imagine.
This is a perfect summer read for those who love fresh takes on genre and maybe aren’t hardcore thriller fans. The author balances the relationships and emotional aspects of having a special needs child with the looming mystery of Bee’s death so well that I truly feel this book has it all.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
A captivating mystery about a boy with synesthesia—a condition that causes him to see colors when he hears sounds—who tries to uncover what happened to his beautiful neighbor, and if he was ultimately responsible.
Thirteen-year-old Jasper Wishart lives in a world of dazzling color that no one else can see, least of all his dad. Words, numbers, days of the week, people’s voices—everything has its own unique shade. But recently Jasper has been haunted by a color he doesn’t like or understand: the color of murder.
Convinced he’s done something terrible to his new neighbor, Bee Larkham, Jasper revisits the events of the last few months to paint the story of their relationship from the very beginning. As he struggles to untangle the knot of untrustworthy memories and colors that will lead him to the truth, it seems that there’s someone else out there determined to stop him—at any cost.
Both a refreshing coming-of-age story and an intriguing mystery, The Color of Bee Larkham’s Murder is a poignant and unforgettable read—perfect for fans of bestselling authors such as Fredrik Backman and Graeme Simsion.
About the Author: Sarah J. Harris is the author of The Color of Bee Larkham's Murder, her first adult novel. She also writes Young Adult books under the pen name, Sarah Sky, and has three books published by Scholastic. Sarah is a freelance education journalist who lives in London with her husband and two young children. She loves writing, reading and martial arts - currently a black belt in karate and a green belt in kickboxing.
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Touchstone (June 12, 2018)
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