As an insurance investigator and world renowned expert in nonverbal communication, Dr Genevieve Lenard faces the daily challenge of living a successful, independent life. Particularly because she has to deal with her high functioning Autism. Nothing - not her studies, her high IQ or her astounding analytical skills - prepared her for the changes about to take place in her life.
It started as a favour to help her boss' acerbic friend look into the murder of a young artist, but soon it proves to be far more complex. Forced out of her predictable routines, safe environment and limited social interaction, Genevieve is thrown into exploring the meaning of friendship, expanding her social definitions, and for the first time in her life be part of a team in a race to stop more artists from being murdered.
What I liked: If you've seen and enjoyed Dr. Temperance Brennan on Bones, then you're gonna love Dr. Genevieve Lenard. Actually, Jen is a bit more "different" than Temperance. I loved it. What caught my attention with this novel is Ms Ryan's use of an autistic heroine. I was drawn right in. Dr Lenard is a complex but sympathetic character whose quirks are the bedrock of The Gauguin Connection. This is NOT an action driven novel. The action is the thought processes by Dr. Lenard and her ever expanding circle. The suspense is watching the puzzle pieces slowly take shape. The writing is top notch and the characters are totally believable.
What I didn't like: This is more for other readers than my feelings. As mentioned, this is a character driven novel and Ms Ryan describes the heroine's feelings and thought process in detail. I guess what I'm cautioning readers against is expecting an action novel. While there is some action, it is not the focus of the story.
The Gauguin Connection is unique and I've already bought the next in the series, The Dante Connection.
As I write this, the Kindle version is still a free download and the paperback by Amazon Digital Services is priced at $14.39.
Great book!! Can't wait to read the next in the series!!