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Eye Contact
Eye Contact
Author: Cammie McGovern
Like The Lovely Bones and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Cammie McGovern's breakout novel is at once a hypnotic thriller and an affecting portrait of people as real as our next-door neighbors. In Eye Contact, two children vanish in the woods behind their elementary school. Hours later, nine-year-old Adam is found alive, the s...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780143038900
ISBN-10: 0143038907
Publication Date: 3/13/2007
Pages: 320
Edition: Reprint
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 156 ratings
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 11
I imagine anyone who knows someone who is autistic would find this a compelling read. I actually don't have this connection in my life, and I still thought this was an amazing book. She did a great job addressing autistic issues while presenting a really good story. My only criticism is that not all of the plot twists really worked, it was almost a case of trying to do too much. I got through this rather quickly, and despite some of the flaws in plot, I still couldn't help but keep reading to find out what really happened.
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Helpful Score: 8
this book was on the table at the domicile for $1 for cancer awareness fundraising. it was worth a TON more. it is definitely in my top 10 favorite books. a beautiful, sad, horrifying story of an autistic boy who witnesses the murder of a schoolmate. half of the characters in the story are children/adults with special needs. the story reads from different perspectives and the murderer isnt revealed into far into the book. the story is not so much about the murderer, but about trying to figure out how to communicate with those who dont have language or a limited ability, and how we all struggle through life with our different demons. there was so much i could relate to, as my niece has special needs and my sister is raising her on her own, as was the mother in this story. the author of the novel has a son with autism so it reads as non-fiction. she is extremely educated on dealing with a child with autism and the story is so believable. the characters struggles, her sons struggles, and the struggles of everyone in the novel are so real. a great great read.
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Helpful Score: 6
Great book for those who have had any experience with autism. This book keeps you guessing 'til the very end. I loved it. Quick and easy read
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Helpful Score: 6
I'm not a fast reader by any means and I read this in one weekend. I work with developmentally delayed children and the idea of a book centered on an autistic boy who witnessed a murder intrigued me. The author is the mother of an autistic child and so accurately portrays the ins and outs of autism and the effects it has on the family. All characters are very well developed, secondary storylines converge just at the right time, and well, everything about this book just works. Am so much looking forward to reading another novel by this author.
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Helpful Score: 4
Having an autistic step son and being a retired special education teacher, I was very anxious to read this book. I loved it. It is very realistic in its description of autism. The characters are true to life and the plot is very interesting. It is hard to put down and keeps the reader very interested in the mystery as it unravels.
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I started this one but it just did not grab me, a real disappointment I am sorry to say!
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I really liked this book...until I was about 2/3 of the way through. The beginning was very engrossing, and I wanted to find out what would happen. Then, about 2/3 of the way through, it seemed like the writing just crumbled. In the conversation with the author following the book, she writes that she kept changing and rewriting the book, including who ended up being the killer...and it felt that way when reading the ending. It felt like she kept changing her mind. So, overall, a nice book, but the ending was disappointing.
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I loved this book! The story was well written and I was drawn to the characters from the first chapter. It was interesting not only because it is a murder mystery but also because the relationship between the mother and son is so moving. I highly reccomend this book!


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