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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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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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By vickie maxwell on 01-11-18

House Rules is a masterpiece!!!

As a mother of an adopted AS son, I can thoroughly relate to most of Jacobs issues. This book was very well written and researched. One of the best books I've read in a long while. Definitely a page turner for me because I just wanted to know if everything I deal with day to day turned out with a happy ending. Not giving away the ending, I can say that having an AS in my life has ups and downs on a regular basis, but has been a blessing. Therefore, I get my happy ending!

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