Review: The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder

Good morning my loves!

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you’ve had a great week and have lovely things planned for the weekend.  I have a pretty chilled Saturday planned and Sunday is the monthly Swansea Bloggers Collective meeting. It’s been 6 weeks since the last one so I’m really excited to see everyone again!

The Book


Whatever happens, don’t tell anyone what you did to Bee Larkham…

Jasper is not ordinary. In fact, he would say he is extraordinary…

Synaesthesia paints the sounds of his world in a kaleidoscope of colours that no one else can see. But on Friday, he discovered a new colour – the colour of murder.

He’s sure something has happened to his neighbour, Bee Larkham, but no-one else seems to be taking it as seriously as they should be. The knife and the screams are all mixed up in his head and he’s scared that he can’t quite remember anything clearly.

But where is Bee? Why hasn’t she come home yet? Jasper must uncover the truth about that night – including his own role in what happened…

My thoughts

Today’s post is a review of a book that I read on my holiday this year. It is one that has been on my list for ages after Amy recommended it to me. I was taken by the synopsis immediately and knew that I wanted to read it. It’s such a shame that it’s taken me this long! Anyway, enough babbling, on to the review!

Let me just start this by saying that I loved this book. It was everything and more that I hoped it would be. It’s been months now since I finished it and still find myself thinking about Bee, Jasper and the parquets regularly.

I’ve seen a fair few reviews online that have a very different view to the one I have, and while I can understand why some may not like it, I feel this book deserves so much more praise than it currently receives.

I think the character of Jasper is so well thought-out and realistic, especially with the challenges of synaesthesia, facial blindness and autism that he faces. Although I can understand why some may find it difficult to read, particularly with the dense repetition of things like parquets. But as someone who has worked with autistic children over the years, I found it really endearing and true to life.

A murder mystery at it’s core, The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder is without a doubt this most original book I’ve read in this genre – and let me tell you, I’ve read a fair few. I loved that Jasper was our narrator – and an unreliable one at that! His view of the world is so far away from what I’ve experience it was a pleasure to see it through his eyes.

The most appealing aspect of this book for me was the beautiful way in which Sarah J Harris wrote colour. So vivid and captivating, once I started reading I really struggled to put it down, even to shower! I find it mind-blowing that this is her debut adult novel and she is now one of my auto-buy authors. I’m excited to see what she releases in the future.


Peace and pages


3 Replies to “Review: The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder”

  1. I’ve seen this book around a lot but this is somehow I he first review I’ve seen. I’m definitely tempted to give it a try after reading your review.

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