House Rules by Jodi Picoult
When your son can’t look you in the eye…does that mean he’s guilty?
Jacob Hunt is a teen with Asperger’s syndrome. He’s hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, though he is brilliant in many ways. But he has a special focus on one subject – forensic analysis. A police scanner in his room clues him in to crime scenes, and he’s always showing up and telling the cops what to do. And he’s usually right.
But when Jacob’s small hometown is rocked by a terrible murder, law enforcement comes to him. Jacob’s behaviors are hallmark Asperger’s, but they look a lot like guilt to the local police. Suddenly the Hunt family, who only want to fit in, are directly in the spotlight. For Jacob’s mother, Emma, it’s a brutal reminder of the intolerance and misunderstanding that always threaten her family. For his brother, Theo, it’s another indication why nothing is normal because of Jacob.
And over this small family, the soul-searing question looms: Did Jacob commit murder?
You know what I like best about Jodi Picoult’s books? The fact that she tells the story from ALL points of view so you can live inside the head of each character and really get a feel for what ALL people have to go through in life.
This story of Jacob, a young boy with Asberger’s who is arrested for murder, is another heart wrenching one that allows you to see the effect that this disorder has on everyone involved.
It’s almost like it’s a bit of a mystery that had me guessing until the end. And it still surprised me.
Another AWESOME book with masterful writing. I can’t begin to describe just how much I love her books.
5 of 5 stars