The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder

The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder

Sarah J. Harris

Pub date
Trade Paperback Short Royal 153x221mm
448 pages

Book Overview

Jasper is thirteen years old and isn’t like the other boys his age. His synaesthesia paints his world in fantastical colours specific to every sound and word he hears. Then there’s his face-blindness, which prevents him from recognising anyone’s face: not his father’s, not his own, and certainly not which of the boys in identical school uniforms are bullies and which are friends.

But Jasper has seen a new colour, one that he’s never seen before: the colour of murder. He knows something has happened to his neighbour, Bee Larkham, but no-one else seems to be taking it as seriously as they should be – and Jasper can’t quite remember what happened in the kitchen, with the knife and the screams.

As he struggles to get to the bottom of the mystery, including his own role in Bee’s murder, someone out there is determined to stop him…

About the author

Sarah J. Harris is an author and freelance education journalist who regularly writes for national newspapers. She became fascinated by synaesthesia and face blindness during her work as a journalist. THE COLOUR OF BEE LARKHAM’S MURDER is Sarah’s debut adult novel. She lives in London with her husband and two young children.


‘Blisteringly real, utterly enthralling … a story that will make you look at the world anew’ STYLIST

‘A rich tapestry… distinctive and compelling’ OBSERVER

‘A highly original whodunnit’ MAIL ON SUNDAY

‘A vividly imagined mystery’ SUNDAY EXPRESS

‘Astonishingly good, 5 stars’ SUN

‘A beautiful, original novel, at once funny and tragic and brave’ Sarah Pinborough

‘Intriguing, original and memorable – I couldn’t put it down!’ Libby Page, THE LIDO

‘With its vivid descriptions and one-of-a-kind narrator, this beautiful and quietly dark novel is a real gem’ HEAT

‘Gorgeously descriptive… dark and deeply original’ BELLA

‘Endearing and intriguing’ PA

‘Fizzing with wonderful quirkiness, completely original, and total believable, nuanced characters – a unique gem of a novel’ Katy Regan, LITTLE BIG MAN

‘Set to be this season’s page-turner’ Elle

‘An unusual and insightful read’ BBC

‘A great protagonist… A must-read book for 2018’ STYLIST

‘Highly original, fantastically written’ THE SUN

‘Hotly anticipated debuts of 2018’ RED

‘One to look out for’ OBSERVER

‘Taps into a trend for novels depicting isolation’ SUNDAY TIMES

‘This vivid story stayed with me long after I turned the last page.Sarah J. Harris is a strong new voice in British fiction’ CJ Daugherty, THE ECHO KILLING

‘I found myself not just drawn but expertly daubed in to Jasper’s world, with its splattered sense of morals and innocence’ James Hannah, THE A-Z OF YOU AND ME

‘Jasper – whose world is both more colourful and more frightening than ours – is a character who will stay with me for some time. Harris has written a literary page turner that utterly captivated me. A stunning debut.’ Cass Green, IN A COTTAGE IN A WOOD