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Eye Contact Paperback – March 14, 2007
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The novel opens with a criminal mystery--two children have disappeared at recess. Hours later, the body of the girl is discovered, and the only witness to the murder is her autistic nine-year-old schoolmate Adam. The story is told from a half a dozen perspectives, but it is truly driven by Adam's mother Cara, a single mom who has devoted her entire life to raising her special needs son.
McGovern's characters either have special needs (autism, brain damage, social disorders, agoraphobia, and addiction) or have personal and professional lives which are consumed by such conditions. As a mother, Cara has shifted parenting philosophies during her son's growth, in a constant struggle between making him as "normal" as possible and admitting that letting follow his own innate preferences makes him the happiest. Do you ask the world to treat an autistic son as a normal child, or do you admit upfront that your child requires special accommodations?
In addition to her parenting experience, Cara had grade- and high school experience with a friend who was brain damaged as a result of a household accident. She has lifelong guilt and doubt about the way she related to her friend in their youth.
For all its strengths in explore the complex emotions surrounding disabilities, as a thriller, Eye Contact is a convoluted mess.Read more ›
The plot, however, was a lot weaker. I think it would have been better had a lot less elements found their way into it! The side stories about Keven and Suzette just were a little much to take in, and there were even more minor plot events than those thrown in---side romances, family tensions from the past and so on. The central story of a girl's murder would have been enough to keep this compelling. There were more fake endings than a bad TV mystery---you could also tell it wasn't over after a while because there was so much more book to read! Also, the woods where the murder took place had an amazing amount of action on the day of the murder---they sound more like a busy street than a wooded area.
These are all fairly minor quibbles, however. I read the book eagerly through to the end, and would recommend it to both those with an interest in autism and those who like to read a puzzling mystery.
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The only thing I didn't like about the book is no chapters, and it was hard to keep the characters straight.Published 7 months ago by Larae Stokes
“…he needs certain foods and can’t sleep with any kind of a fan on in the room or doors open even a crack…” and he’s, by far, the least troubled of the major characters in the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by JOHN A. BROUSSARD
I really enjoyed this story, Iwas not sure I would but the Charaters were developed and had depth. I enjoyed that the author seemed to have insight into autism that extended beyond... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Yosiph
This was chosen as the next book for our book club. I agree with the one review that says it was a good look into autism, but failed as a thriller. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Stacie
This book kept me on the edge of my seat through the entire adventure of plot twists and realistic characters. Ms. Read morePublished on October 20, 2013 by Elizabeth81091
It's a neat book and I like the time line of events. I do wish there was more details on the autism aspect. But otherwise it was very well written.Published on September 7, 2013 by Savannah
Eye Contact is about the investigation of the disappearance of a young girl. However, there is a witness! Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by Steven J. Kuzma
I loved this book. It took me back to the raw emotions that children feel, and their capacity for pain and growth. A page turner, suspenseful and reflective.Published on June 24, 2013 by Marissa Cain