The Speed of Sound by Eric Bernt

The Speed of Sound (Speed of Sound Thrillers, #1)The Speed of Sound by Eric Bernt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A good page turner. A mystery surrounding a shady organisation whose cover is a psychiatric care home, Harmony House, which encourages their residents to explore science and invent devices. The residents have no idea that they are being used to advance government and military technologies. One particular resident, Eddie, is focused entirely on creating a machine which will allow him to hear his mother’s voice. His mother passed away during childbirth, and so he has never heard her speak, or sing. Should he be able to get his device working, it could also be used in any room to reconstruct conversations and crimes that had been previously taken place in that location.

Dr. Skylar Drummond, during only her first few weeks into her new job at Harmony House suffers a personal loss, and subsequently gets embroiled in this larger scheme. To protect Eddie, and to hide the device, they go on the run from the government, and from a shady third party organisation.

An easy to read novel which moves quite fast. The autistic character is somewhat of a cliché these days, portrayed solely as a young boy who is into numbers and engineering; when in truth autism (and related conditions) cover a wider spectrum of ages, genders, subject interests, and social backgrounds.

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