The Color of Bee Larkham's Murder by Sarah J. Harris

The Color of Bee Larkham's Murder

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...

Details The Color of Bee Larkham's Murder

TitleThe Color of Bee Larkham's Murder
Release DateJun 12th, 2018
GenreMystery, Fiction, Crime, Contemporary

Reviews The Color of Bee Larkham's Murder

  • Fran
    Jasper Wishart, 13, sees the world as a kaleidoscope of color. He suffers from synesthesia, causing him to see colors when he hears sounds. Additionally, he has face blindness. His world is filled with anonymous faces that are only recognizable to him by voice, choice of clothing, hats and hair style/hair color. He has his own unique method for interpreting the world around him. Sadly, Jasper's mother who had synesthesia as well and understood Ja...
  • Liz Barnsley
    I'm not sure I was QUITE as enamoured of this one as some people but it was beautifully written and different - the descriptive sense of what it is like to have Synaesthesia was stunning and rather gorgeous - the highlight really, in the imaginative sense.Minus that though it's a nice little mystery story in it's own right and I would have adored it if I had gotten along with Jasper but I'm afraid he annoyed me somewhat from about midway through ...
  • Michael
    As much as I love a good murder mystery read, I have come to the conclusion that originality is not one of the genre's finest points. But with this, the debut novel by British author Sarah J. Harris we have just that. Trying to even compare this to anything before is a trial with my best thoughts being Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat mixed with The Good Doctor and a murder.13-year-old Jasper Wishart lives in a world like no other. Di...
  • Laura
    This is a charming, unique story about Jasper, a boy with synesthesia - so he can can 'see' colours from sounds. It's not a condition that I have any prior knowledge of so this made for interesting reading.Jasper is a frustrating character in many ways, especially as the novel is narrated by him throughout - there are many points where you know you're not getting the full picture but it's just because Jasper doesn't understand himself. You want ...
  • Latkins
    This novel, narrated by 13-year-old Jasper, is an original murder mystery. It will inevitably be compared to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, as, like Christopher in that novel, Jasper has an unusual way of perceiving the world. It's never explicitly stated that he'd autistic, but his dad is described reading a book for parents of children with autism and learning difficulties. Jasper has synaesthesia, which means that he sees s...
  • Sarah
    A really fantastic, well researched novel. So unique and interesting, it kept me guessing until the end. Would recommend for fans of The Curious Incident.
  • Amy Morgan
    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. 13 year old Jasper sees the world a little differently than the rest of us. A severely autistic child with both synesthesia and face blindness Jasper has a hard time just existing some days. The only person who really understood him was his mother who passed away when he was a small boy. Jasper’s father is left alone to raise him and being a former military man who was not always around when ...
  • Stacey
    I am so glad I won a copy of this book in a giveaway. Jasper is truly a unique character, I absolutely adore him. And much like him, the quarter sized ink blob on page 35 definitely caused me to cringe (haha), but it's a small price to pay!! Thank you Simon & Schuster Canada and to Sarah J. Harris, I feel very fortunate to have won this novel!
  • Angela
    I won this copy in a Goodreads giveaway.The idea of the protagonist as a young boy with synaesthesia and also prosopagnosia (face-blindness) was interesting, but for me it didn't work. The mentioning of the colours he sees constantly was just too much and I found it annoying and boring.The first person narration means that you don't see the story from any other character's perspective and so I didn't really care about any of them. I only read to ...
  • Alan
    So pleased to have won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.This was an enjoyable book and totally different from any other books in this genre. I have never heard of Synesthesia before! The book is a cleverly written and whilst i rarely write what a story is about, I do highly recommend.
  • Colette Lamberth
    I saw the title of this book and, even before I saw the blurb, decided I needed to read it. It’s definitely something that would catch my eye on a library shelf. The main character Jasper is 13 but he definitely came across as younger, possibly due to the conditions he suffers from. While I’m pretty sure I’ve heard of Synaesthesia I don’t think I had ever fully tried to imagine ‘hearing’ colours until reading this. To be honest at the...
  • Abby Slater- Fairbrother
    This novel is possibly one of the quirkiest novels I have ever come across. The protagonist Jasper Wisham, has to be the ultimate unreliable narrator. As Jasper, as we come to know and love him, has learning difficulties. Which doesn’t mean that what he says is untrue/lies either, it just means his version of the truth maybe, his interpretation of the truth. There will always be an element of truth within it, but it may take some de-coding and ...
  • Noemi Proietti
    I really loved this novel. It is unique, a murder story whose protagonist is a young boy who sees the world in a different way from the rest of the world.“I am glad I am not like most other teenage boys because I get to see the world in its full multi-coloured glory.”Jasper is 13 years old. He lives with his father in a quiet street in Richmond. Jasper has synaesthesia, which means he sees sounds as colours. Also, he has prosopagnosia so he c...
  • Shruthi
    For more reviews like this one, check out my blog, Reading RecluseI received a copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review.Jasper Wishart is a 13 year old boy who has synesthesia, a condition where sounds are perceived as colours and prosopagnosia, an inability to recognize faces. In the midst of a police investigation about the disappearance of Bee Larkham (his neighbour), Jasper muc...
  • Lindsay Galvin
    I thoroughly enjoyed this colourful literary mystery from the point of view of thirteen year old Jasper who has face blindness and synaesthesia, making him a unique witness to the out of the ordinary events happening on his ordinary street. The portrayal of Jasper interpreting the world through his colours is beautifully drawn, and his sensory experience is both sublimely rich and layered, yet terrifying. The mystery is expertly woven, the tensio...
  • Tolga Yozçu
    There’s so much questions about that book in my mind. I adore author’s writing style. It was so good and different. But time changes made my mind blurry. Sometimes I can’t differentiate scenes -after or before murder?-. PARAKEETS.PARAKEETS.PARAKEEEEEETS.OMG I HATED THEM. They made this novel much more nasty. They were everywhere. In each part of this book there was PARAKEETS. James obsessed them. I can’t talk about them more i think 🤢....
  • Reagan
    I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you Goodreads, Harper Collins, and Sarah J. Harris. I ended up really liking this book. I was a bit hesitant when I started because of all the comparisons to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime which I adored. I did find it a bit challenging to get into, Jasper's narration required some focus at first, and there was a lot of jumping around which always takes some getting used t...
  • Holly Davies
    Very well written, could have been 34% shorter however. Some good twists, I had to pick my jaw up from the train carriage floor on more than one occasion.
  • Rebecca
    Don't tell anyone what you did to Bee Larkham...I'm not really a mystery or thriller person. I will roll my eyes at their cliched covers and consciously twisty plots.But The Colour of Bee Larkham's Murder springs these on you. The mystery over the icicles in the kitchen, bubbles away, for sure, but young Jasper is so engaging and likeable throughout, even in the moments he loses control, that it his own development I found myself focusing on. It ...
  • Jay Dwight
    Certainly a different type of crime story.Our narrator is a most unusual character. He's a 13 year old autistic child, who sees sound as colours, and also suffers from face-blindness which prevents him from recognising anyone's face. As a result, of the face blindness, Jasper is not always sure that the person he sees is who he thinks it is. I love unusual characters, and this is definitely an interesting crime story. So given that, why didn't I ...
  • Sue Frances
    Both funny and tragic this is a highly original novel. Jasper is thirteen years old and has a condition called Synaesthesia, in which he sees the world through a rainbow of colours. On a fateful Friday he sees a new colour, the colour of murder. Can Jasper make sense of what he's seen?Thank you to LoveReading for my copy for a review.
  • Sara Oxton
    The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah J Harris a powerful four-star read. This won’t be everyone’s cup of tea as not everyone will enjoy the style of writing, but give it a go as its beautifully written and powerful beyond belief. Jasper is our narrator and for a young man he has a powerful voice, he shows us the murder mystery in a manner that will keep you guessing all the way through. Jasper has synaesthesia meaning he sees sounds ...
  • Maya Panika
    This is a truly original novel; one of the most creative and ingenious stories I’ve ever read. At its heart, The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder is a simple whodunnit, a mystery with several potential perpetrators and only one witness, a severely autistic boy with synaesthesia and face blindness. Jasper cannot ‘see’ faces, he can only recognise people by the most basic clues - blonde hair, blue baseball hat, cherry-red trousers - and the c...
  • Annette
    The Colour of Bee Larkin’s Murder by Sarah Harris was a goodreads win.Jasper has synaesthesia. He ‘sees’ the world in colour, each sound is different and has its unique colour. He cannot recognise faces, even his father, himself and neighbours. School is incredibly difficult, he can recognise school blazers, but need to hear a voice to put a name to the person. If someone whispers or has a cold he is in trouble. Which are bullies, and which...
  • janetandjohn
    The narrator of this tale, a thirteen year old autistic boy, has also to contend with face blindness and synesthesia (seeing words and noises as colours). He seems to recall having murdered a neighbour, but there are gaps in his memory, and so we trail back and fore with him trying to put things in place. Clever? yes. Well researched? very. Must read for those who deal with this kind of condition? yes. But. And there was a very big but for me. I ...
  • Touchstone Books
    Immerses you completely in the exceptional mind of wonderful Jasper—you will fall in love with this character.
  • Kath
    Once I got used to the way that Jasper sees the world, which is rather different to say the least, I simple whizzed through this book, drinking in every colour as he tells the story is his own rather special way. Jasper is thirteen but he is not your average teenager. He has both prosopagnosia, the inability to recognise faces, as well as synaesthesia, which means that he sees sound as colours. He has learned to distinguish between people using c...
  • J Aislynn d'Merricksson
    The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah J Harris takes a look at life through the eyes of someone quite unusual indeed. Jasper Wishart is a young autistic boy who sees things a bit different from even most autistics. Jasper has a rare gift called synesthesia, where sensory inputs are dual-wired. Jasper sees sound, each a unique combination of shape and colour. He also suffers from prosopagnosia, or 'face-blindness’. He cannot recognise fa...
  • Anne-Marie Heeney
    (Long review - potentially minor spoilers)This novel is a masterpiece. There is no word more fitting for it. Everything is so wonderfully crafted; every piece fits seamlessly into the whole narrative, and I was gripped from beginning to end.The narrative is split into two main strands. One takes place in the week that follows the incident with Bee, with Jasper desperately trying to make the adults around him listen to his story. The other strand ...