The Colour of Bee Larkham's Murder
The Colour Of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah J. Harris is a truly unique and interesting read. I loved it.
Its so special when an author creates a character (good or bad) so vivid they jump off the pages and you begin to know them. Jasper is so real to me, I can visualise him flapping his arms, he makes me smile and he also breaks my heart a little.
Jasper’s world is very different to ours, he sees colours for sounds, he is autistic and has facial blindness; he recognises people by the colour of their voices. It is a confusing, difficult and at times very frightening world for him.
The beginning of the book was a little difficult to get into, until I found an understanding of his world. Once I had my head into Jasper I couldn’t put it down. In a strange way, at times I felt a little jealous of the techni-colour way he hears and I would have loved to be able to see his paintings. (See, I actually do think he is real)!
When Bee Larkham moves into the house opposite, Jasper is happy to have found a friend who shares his love of the parakeets nesting in her garden. It’s hard to say much about her complex character without spoilers (which I would never do). When she disappears Jasper tries to make people understand that she has been murdered. What follows is a colourful, complicated and utterly brilliant whodunnit. I could not put it down and when I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it.
This is one I’ll be thinking about for a long time, Jasper just won my heart. If you haven’t read it, please do. If you have, let me know what you thought in the comments below.