by Belinda Bauer

Crime / Mystery Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on Rubbernecker

Shortlisted for the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger 2013.

CWA Judges' comment: “An astonishing work featuring Asperger’s sufferer Patrick with the author expertly weaving the magic first witnessed in the brilliant Blacklands, in a superbly developed plot using parallel streams to create a mesmerising and thought-provoking psychological suspense. Sometimes gruesome, sometimes comic, sometimes heart-rending but always captivating; a moving novel that will linger after the final page is regretfully turned.”


July 2013 Guest Editor Cath Staincliffe on Rubbernecker...

A wonderful contemporary crime novel, cleverly plotted, moving and darkly comic with excellently drawn characters and heart stopping suspense. Anatomy student Patrick is determined to uncover the meaning of death in order to understand what happened to his father in a quest that quickly spirals out of control. It’s always a pleasure to discover talented new authors.


Winner of the 2013 CWA Dagger in the Library.

Rubbernecker Synopsis

'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. Life is already strange enough for the obsessive Patrick without having to solve a possible murder. Especially when no one believes a crime has even taken place. Now he must stay out of danger long enough to unravel the mystery - while he dissects his own evidence. But as Patrick learns one truth from a dead man, he discovers there have been many other lies rather closer to home...

Rubbernecker Press Reviews

'Bauer's great gift is her ability to surprise the reader: in the sense of making you jump out of your chair, certainly, but also in that she makes you think a bit differently about the world' Daily Telegraph 


'Obvious echoes of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ... and with more twists and coils than a hangman's noose, it deserves to do equally well' Sunday Express


'Breathtaking. I read this and wished I'd written it' Val McDermid


'[Rubbernecker] contains one of the most startling plots in contemporary crime fiction' Sunday Times Culture Magazine


'This could be the most astonishing whodunnit you are ever likely to read' Red Magazine online

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ISBN: 9780593066928
Publication date: 31/01/2013
Publisher: Bantam Press an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780593066928
Publication date: 31st January 2013
Author: Belinda Bauer
Publisher: Bantam Press an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Thriller / Suspense,

About Belinda Bauer

Belinda Bauer grew up in England and South Africa and now lives in Wales. She worked as a journalist and a screenwriter before finally writing a book to appease her nagging mother. With her debut, Blacklands, Belinda was awarded the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year. She went on to win the CWA Dagger in the Library for her body of work in 2013. Her fourth novel Rubbernecker was voted 2014 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Her books have been translated into 21 languages.

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