Eye Contact by Cammie McGovern

By Cammie McGovern

Just like the beautiful Bones and The Curious Incident of the puppy within the Night-Time, Cammie McGovern's breakout novel is immediately a hypnotic mystery and an affecting portrait of individuals as genuine as our next-door acquaintances. In Eye touch, childrens vanish within the woods in the back of their undemanding tuition. Hours later, nine-year-old Adam is located alive, the only real witness to his playmate's homicide. yet simply because Adam has autism, he's a silent witness. merely his mom, Cara, may help decode his habit for the police. because the suspense ratchets, Eye touch turns into a heart-stopping exploration of the bond among a mom and a really distinctive baby.

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She said it looked like they were talking to each other and she was curious what they might be saying. ” “Yes. ” She turns back to the room, where Adam has started moving compulsively. He’s up on his toes, humming and keening, wiggling his fingers in his beloved peripheral vision, looking like a grown version of the toddler she remembers before intensive therapy, eight hours a day, dragged him out of his shell. Those were the days when everything had to be drilled: Look up, look at me, hands quiet in your lap, no humming, no toe-walking.

That must be it. That must have scared you a lot, I think. ” She thinks about those words now, and how patient she has had to be courting him out of his self-imposed absences, to join her in this world with all of its imagined and legitimate dangers. As the main office around her fills up with strangers, Cara prays that he hasn’t taken in whatever he’s just witnessed. That when she gets to him, she will find him confused by the attention, by the policemen at school, by everything so out of the ordinary when all he did was walk out to the woods at recess.

If she asked about soccer now, he would probably remember the oranges at halftime and the shin guards he always wore on his arms for the car ride home. Please, she prays, starting toward the ambulance. Let him be untouched by this. Let him remember this field, look around, and wonder where the oranges are. When she gets there, though, she knows before she climbs inside that it is too late. She has never seen him in this posture before, bent over like this, 22 Cammie McGovern with his arms gripped to his sides.

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