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.
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.
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
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.
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.