10 February, 2016.
Roger is a high functioning autistic who appears to have little understanding of the world around him. His obsession is the insect farm, which he has built since childhood in a shed on the allotment. While Roger can barely get himself dressed in the morning, he can relate facts about the insects in his world with incredible recall and minute detail.
Jonathan is the younger sibling, who after the mysterious death of their parents is forced to leave university to look after Roger. Jonathan’s own obsession is his girlfriend Harriet. Harriet is beautiful and admired by men but by one in particular. When Jonathan leaves university he is forced into a long-distance relationship with Harriet and this fuels his obsessive lack of trust in her and results in murder.
The themes of the book are complex and interesting. They revolve around the ideas of trust, jealousy and the lengths we will go to for our obsessions. The story explores the affects of disability on family life and the idea of how much someone with autism can actually comprehend and the decisions they are capable of.