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The Color of Bee Larkham’s Murder

The Color of Bee Larkham’s Murder
Sarah J. Harris
Touchstone, 2018
Source: Galley
Audience: Adults, Older Teens

From Goodreads:
In the tradition of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, 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.

Well, The Color of Bee Larkham’s Murder did not initially grab me. I wasn’t a fan of the characters, but I don’t think that I was supposed to like them. Furthermore, I had most of the mystery solved immediately. There were a few twists and some action at the end that were great. Overall, it was written well, it just took too long to get to solving the mystery.