THE COLOR OF BEE LARKHAM’S MURDER by Sarah J. Harris (Review)

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368 Pages

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.


So one of the main reasons I purchased this book was because I had never read a book where the MC had synesthesia. The reason this interested me so much is that my previous semester in college was spent working on a project about an artist with synesthesia for a final project, so I was super interested to learn more. Also, add to the fact that this was an adult thriller, I had to check it out!

Now, my first thing to say is that this book is definitely not being marketed as YA, and here comes my first complaint. I felt Jasper was a little too young to be our MC. I know it doesn’t make much of a difference if he was fifteen rather than his actual age in the book, thirteen. But, I felt it would have just been an all around better experience with a slightly more mature MC.

This goes into my next point, the main character has synesthesia combined with autism. I feel the author did a fantastic job at writing the character respectably. While no one can really know what it’s like to have autism unless you have it, I feel the way she handled it was very good, and I never felt like it was ever offensive or too much.

So, basically, Jasper was brilliantly crafted and she did a marvelous job at making a well-rounded character. This goes into my next point.

Story wise I was very underwhelmed. The entire time you are led on to believe something is a fact, and it’s very obvious that the author is trying to mislead you, so it isn’t so shocking when you find out that a certain fact that has been told to you constantly throughout the novel is revealed as untrue. I felt the story focused on a character with autism and synesthesia, rather than a story about a murder where the main player is a boy with autism and synesthesia.  Not to mention the birds. While I understand that this is our MC’s favorite thing, Every. Single. Page. there was some kind of bird mentioned. It got to the point where it was just plain boring to me at some points. While I did buy this book to have a character such as Jasper, I still bought it expecting to have a gripping mystery as well, and that side just didn’t deliver as expected.

In the end, I feel the mystery just wasn’t all that intriguing and the novel could have been fifty pages shorter and achieved the same result. However, Harris did a marvelous job of crafting Jasper, and I’m interested to see where she takes her fiction career.

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