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Publisher's Summary

The astonishing novel from the number-one New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult about a young boy with autism falsely accused of murder.
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?
©2010 Jodi Picoult. All rights reserved. "I Shot the Sheriff" (c)1974 Fifty-Six Hope Road Music Ltd. and Odnil Music Ltd. All rights administered by Blue Mountain Music. Ltd. (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Haveenoughstuff on 12-12-17


A most unusual crime story. A complicated family unravels a crime . Chapters are narrated by family members,the police and à lawyer. What makes the story so fascinating is that the listener is taught about the mind of a high functioning yet severely socially impaired young man with asbergers syndrome

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3 out of 5 stars
By FlinkMarmot on 12-31-17

No closure

Interesting legal conundrum involving a suspect with Asperger's syndrome whose mother has neglected everyone else in her life, including her other son, to support. Unfortunately the author seemed to give up on finding an ending to this story which is pretty unsatisfying. It felt very rushed at the end. Disappointing because the legal and ethical issues made for a good framework for a compelling story.

The readers were good except for the one voicing Emma Hunt. Her diction is fine, but she sounded far too smug and calm for someone who's supposed to be a single mother with little money dealing with the situation at hand. She's supposed to have amazing eyes, and they must be to still attract male characters despite her prickly defensiveness and smother-mothering of one child while ignoring the other.

The attorney character was interesting by being ethically challenged and poor, as well as a former farrier. He nonetheless had the excessive self-confidence and BS generation to attempt something he shouldn't have....why wasn't he disbarred? Maybe he was, but again the story just stopped instead of indicating consequences for any character's behavior.

I did like the story being told from different points of view. It could make a good movie.

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