CHARACTERS Ó Eye Contact

Cammie McGovern Æ 1 CHARACTERS

Adam a nine year old autistic boy is discovered hiding near to the body of his murdered classmate Now the police are relying on Adam as the only witness to Eye Contact wants to be two books The better book follows the path of acceptance and eventual albeit limited understanding between Adam a nine year old autistic boy and his mother Cara The novel starts strongly with these two especially in illuminating Adam’s thought processes and in describing the mother’s difficult work of encouraging Adam to develop both within and beyond her expectations But the half of Eye Contact that wants to be an engaging thriller is the half whose genes dominate the rest of story creating a confusing unfocused uasi mystery full of too many false leads too many late revelations and too many last minute characters to sustain interest and believabilityThe book’s turn from focusing on a youth group for developmentally challenged children to constructing a larger world in which so many characters are physically and mentally damaged is unnecessary exaggerated and potentially offensive The point of Adam’s particular way of thinking is lost in a crowd of less interesting secondaries whose flaws seem manufactured and insincerely characterizedWith so much of autism a mystery and with an author whose own family experiences feed the very best and truest passages of this book McGovern could have written a simple story of family to great benefit In playing for a wider audience the author's readers suffer her plot is lost and the topic in which McGovern so eagerly wishes us to engage is all but forgotten for a passing thrill Bon Appetit, Yall starts The Beast on the Brink strongly with these two especially in illuminating Adam’s thought processes and in describing the mother’s difficult work of encouraging Adam to develop both within and beyond her expectations But the half of Eye Contact that wants to be an engaging thriller is the half whose genes dominate the rest of The 6 Stages of Sissyhood story creating a confusing unfocused uasi mystery full of too many false leads too many late revelations and too many last minute characters to Concubine sustain interest and believabilityThe book’s turn from focusing on a youth group for developmentally challenged children to constructing a larger world in which Flower and The Beast 2 so many characters are physically and mentally damaged is unnecessary exaggerated and potentially offensive The point of Adam’s particular way of thinking is lost in a crowd of less interesting I Do, Two secondaries whose flaws Lasers seem manufactured and insincerely characterizedWith She Weeps Each Time Youre Born so much of autism a mystery and with an author whose own family experiences feed the very best and truest passages of this book McGovern could have written a Tethered to the World (A Phantom Touched simple Warheart (Sword of Truth, story of family to great benefit In playing for a wider audience the author's readers Bad Luck, Trouble, Death, and Vampire Sex suffer her plot is lost and the topic in which McGovern the gibson so eagerly wishes us to engage is all but forgotten for a passing thrill

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Eye Contact

An appalling crime But he can't tell the police what he saw or what he heard Barely verbal on the best of days Adam has retreated into a silent world that This book went in waves of being good and confusing Also a little unrealistic at partsThroughout the whole book I struggled because the chapters were extremely long and the book is from multiple point of views That's not a great combination I had a hard time keeping everyone straight Eventually I did learn the characters and they became very captivating I am a special education teacher so this book was fascinating to me It was written 10 years ago so it was cool seeing the difference and similarities Also the growth and perspective that autism has given and the understanding of itFascinating read with an interesting mystery attached

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Cara his mother knows only too wellA young girl has been murdered and the only witness is a child who cannot tell what he saw In the woods of a small town I have no clue why I wasted my time and finished this book It was all over the place and I was almost to the point where I don't even think the author knew who the killer was going to be until the last second The book just did not fit for me It was like a stew was mixed together and whatever was in the fridge was added to the story


10 thoughts on “Eye Contact

  1. says:

    Eye Contact wants to be two books The better book follows the path of acceptance and eventual albeit limited understanding between Adam a nine year old autistic boy and his mother Cara The novel starts strongly with these two especially in illuminating Adam’s thought processes and in describing the mother’s difficult work of encouraging Adam to develop both within and beyond her expectations But the half of Eye Contact that wants to be an engaging thriller is the half whose genes dominate the rest of story creating a confusing unfocused uasi mystery full of too many false leads too many late revelations and too many last minute characters to sustain interest and believabilityThe book’s turn from focusing on a youth group for developmentally challenged children to constructing a larger world in which so many characters are physically and mentally damaged is unnecessary exaggerated and potentially offensive The point of Adam’s particular way of thinking is lost in a crowd of less interesting secondaries whose flaws seem manufactured and insincerely characterizedWith so much of autism a mystery and with an author whose own family experiences feed the very best and truest passages of this book McGovern could have written a simple story of family to great benefit In playing for a wider audience the author's readers suffer her plot is lost and the topic in which McGovern so eagerly wishes us to engage is all but forgotten for a passing thrill


  2. says:

    I'm honestly sort of neutral about my opinion on this book While Eye Contact is not a badly written book and does have a compelling mystery to unfold I'm not sure I agreed with or liked the way it portrayed an autistic child Stooping to typical tropes and stereotypes about the silent witness if you've ever watched the Cold Case episode Saving Sammy or read House Rules by Jodi Picoult you'll find that the autistic child involved with a crime scene is a fairly common way for writers to add an extra element of mystiue to fiction the nonverbal or almost nonverbal child staring off into space who knows something they're not telling you Not only is this really not an accurate representation of autism or asperger's but in the case of Eye Contact we get a character who was written simply for the purpose of being there and being autistic while his mother is the one who truly becomes the most interesting and main character of the book trying to uncover things on her own It would be nice to see a book with an autistic character who isn't just autistic Who's not defined by a label but instead by what they do and how they act in the story To be fair not every autistic person is the same but as usual this book falls into the trap of focusing so much on Adam's autism that we never as readers get a full picture of who he is as a human beingThere isn't a great deal of character development or a hugely complex story here in general so it just seemed like a very basic thriller Not bad not great sort of in between It has some strong dramatic and emotional moments but there were so many false leads and odd eventscharacters that seemed to just be thrown in without going anywhere This didn't really add any intrigue but instead just made it very confusing and unclear going off track and dragging readers from one suspect to the next with no rhyme or reason We get no pieces to a puzzle but instead all these potentially very interesting characters who uickly get cast aside and a mystery itself which starts out brilliantly but ends in a very dull sort of way I won't reveal what happens but I will say it seemed like a really bizarre choice for a book that was supposed to carry a powerful message to end on such an abrupt and random plot twist


  3. says:

    It was all right but kind of frustrating I had pretty significant issues with the plot Her knowledge of autism and ability to incorporate that into fiction is excellent and her writing for Adam is the highlight of the book by far The book is interesting and emotional and creepy at timesI also appreciate the strain of being a caregiver theme that is present throughout the book through Cara Suzette Teddy Kevin's mom Morgan's mom Olivia Chris's mom Harrison's mom even Cara's parents to an extentHowever the plot The author tries to make it suspenseful by introducing one suspect after another only to discount them and move onto someone else It was Morgan No it was Chris It was Bob Busker Kevin Kevin's mom And then it turns out to be some random bully? Who didn't even know Amelia? And who ends up confessing because he's sick of his mom defending him? What? And how many different people were in the freaking woods during the 45 minutes that Adam and Amelia were missing?And there were all these dramatic references to Cara's past and some terrible thing that happened between her and Suzette and Kevin that left them all isolated and messed up Except in the end not that much actually happened And Kevin's wacky mom not only falsely confesses to the murder because she thinks that Kevin is guilty but also suggests that he's responsible for the car accident that killed Cara's parents Only he isn't he was just driving behind them? What the hell?


  4. says:

    This book went in waves of being good and confusing Also a little unrealistic at partsThroughout the whole book I struggled because the chapters were extremely long and the book is from multiple point of views That's not a great combination I had a hard time keeping everyone straight Eventually I did learn the characters and they became very captivating I am a special education teacher so this book was fascinating to me It was written 10 years ago so it was cool seeing the difference and similarities Also the growth and perspective that autism has given and the understanding of itFascinating read with an interesting mystery attached


  5. says:

    Eye Contact was a pretty good book but it’s also kind of hard to write a review for I’m just kind of hesitant to write this because it’s another book I’ve read that deals with a kid having autism and I’m very picky about those kind of books Okay so this book is about two kids who go missing in the woods by school One kid comes back after witnessing their playmates murder Of course the kid Adam is autistic so he’s a silent witness Which of course leads to his mother Cara helping out with the investigation since she’s the only person on this forsaken planet that can decode his behaviors So my brother is autistic and I know that not every form of autism is the same for every autistic person After knowing this about Adam I was actually hesitant to dive into this book I didn’t want the author to give this kid every characteristic of his certain autism Mostly because it would be realistic to me I also didn’t think I would end up liking the characters while reading Now I did give this book 3 stars That doesn’t mean I hated the book or the characters No I liked them and the story enough to finish it I guess I was just kind of bored throughout it? I guess I just expected from this book even though I was hesitant? I have no idea I’m a conundrum people


  6. says:

    I've waited a while to write my review giving myself a chance to really digest what I thought of this book I think it's because I wanted to give it a high rating and my initial reaction was not to do so However it's been a week and I'm still feeling like it was an eh kind of book It felt like this book wasn't exactly sure what to be There's a portion devoted to a family dealing with Autism There's a portion dealing with broken relationships and then there is the murder mystery I think the whole thing could have been handled a lot differently for the better The relationships never fully develop to a satisfying point and honestly there are just too many people to keep track of I think conceptually she might have been trying to show the connections we all have with people and the complexity of relationships but it came across as confusing and unconvincing There were bright points in the observations and actions of the autistic main character and his relationships However the leaps made in how his behavior were clues to this murder seemed forced and unrealistic However I was mostly going along with it and enjoying the book until it reached it's peak and we had the whole solving of the crime Good Lord it was convoluted It was like some cheap paperback mystery was dropped in as the ending of the book and the real ending was removed Whoever wrote the review that's on the book comparing it to The Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night Time was delusional There is not one single thing to draw comparison to from a literary perspective They both have autistic characters and that was it Unfortunately this wasn't a highlight book for me


  7. says:

    This book was all over the place It has potential if it had been focused The bits about autism were interesting there were too many characters so that none could be fully developed It tried to be murder mystery informative autistic book love story and drama None of it was pulled off well It wasn't terrible but it really wasn't very good


  8. says:

    I have no clue why I wasted my time and finished this book It was all over the place and I was almost to the point where I don't even think the author knew who the killer was going to be until the last second The book just did not fit for me It was like a stew was mixed together and whatever was in the fridge was added to the story


  9. says:

    This book was amazing the very description of a thriller Little clues were in the entire body of the book and putting them together on the journey through the book was simultaneously exhilarating and chilling The characters felt incredibly real and the revelation on the last page was genuinely sweet enough to bring tears to my eyes I'm so glad I read this


  10. says:

    This afternoon I finished reading Eye Contact by Cammie McGovern The only thing I knew about this book was that it was a pyschological thriller I liked the cover of the book as it was a blurry and eerie picture of a girl standing in the woodsThis uick reading novel seems to be about a young girl new to town that gets murdered in the woods near her elementary school This could be any parents nightmare and I must confess it has altered my own sleeping patterns and made me stand guard a bit vigilantly with my own child than I am used to This folks is the sign of a good book When a book somehow takes over your subconscious enough to alter the way you live your life the writer has done something right It was not an overly scary book in the sense that it contained gore but what made it interesting was the several points of view from which it was toldIt was told from the view of a single mother whose entire life is caring for her autistic son Adam It is told from the point of view of a middle school child struggling to be invisible and visible at the same time It is told from the point of view of the autistic child The common thread throughout this book is the need for friendship or for rekindling lost bonds It is also about letting people have the freedom to map their own world out and how by making things easy for someone only allows them to never make the effort for themselves It is about will and strength of character in the face of something tragic And in some ways it is about hopeThe author has an autistic child so the description of mannerisms and how strange a life a child like this has were very accurate I think it was interesting to be able to see into this world a bit deeply The brain of an autistic is a complex rewiring that many of us will never understand They have super gifts in some areas but often never take pleasure in the simple things our life has to offer like friendship physical closeness or being able to follow the abstract We take these things for granted I believe This book was what I would call an easy read in the sense that I did not feel like I would have a mental meltdown after it was done It isn't hard hitting in a cerebral sense but a good 300 pages of brain candy to curl up with on a string of rainy days


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