Book - 2013
Average Rating:
Rate this:
"The dead can't speak to us," Professor Madoc had said. That was a lie--because the body Patrick Fort is examining in anatomy class is trying to tell him all kinds of things. His Asperger's syndrome already makes life strange enough for him without having to solve a possible murder on top of it--especially when no one believes a crime has even taken place.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, ©2013
ISBN: 9780802123961
Branch Call Number: BAUER
Characteristics: 313 pages ; 24 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Nov 05, 2017

above:which book are you commenting on?

Oct 17, 2017

Rubbernecker is brilliant. Highly recommend.

Fair warning! The "Opinion" above refers to a different title, "The killing lessons" by Saul Black, and has nothing to do with Rubbernecker.

Jul 21, 2016

I tried and made it to Chapter 10, then closed it for good. Just couldn't get into the story at all.

Mar 15, 2016

This is another eye-opening story about someone with Asperger's Syndrome. I agree with mwofsey's comments: Patrick is a well-rounded figure. He's got Asperger's, but he's also just another human being, wondering why his father had to die when he was young and what happened to him when he died. As he tries to catch the moment between life and death by watching horse races, he also enrolls in an anatomy class at college. No, he doesn't want to be a doctor, just wants to figure this whole death thing out. Patrick learns about why some people kill and he learns about himself.

ECiriello Oct 14, 2015

What a wonderful book! I read the ARC and I was hooked. I'm now reading everything that Belinda Bauer has written (just finished Blacklands and it did not disappoint!).

Sep 30, 2015

People who enjoyed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon (as I did) will find Patrick interesting and well drawn. But the real payoff comes in the way all the strands are pulled together in the surprisingly moving ending, and we learn like Patrick why people are killed and why other people want them to die. Really, this is a very good book.

Sep 24, 2015

Excellent writing, intriguing characters, very suspenseful. Highly recommended.

Sep 14, 2015

Absorbing story of Patrick, a young man with Asperger's who lost his father at an early age to a car accident. At the time, no one explained to him about death or where his father had gone. When he reaches college age he enters university as a student of anatomy (not a med student as the summary says) on a quest to find the answers. To his dismay there are no answers to be found as to what happens after death. However, he does discover a mystery when the cause of death for his group's cadaver does not seem correct. As he seeks to find the answers he gets into trouble and begins to learn more about relating to living humans, including his mother. Good book.

athompson10 Sep 07, 2015

Fascinating main character, well thought-out story and twists and turns until the very end. REALLY good mystery.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at SL

To Top