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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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Excellent!

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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Good Read

great read!! Then ending sucked what happened at court? I hope this book has a part 2..

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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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Not the ending I expected!

This novel started a bit slow but eventually delivered in true Jodi P. Form...pulling at the heart, complex characters, moral dilemma, and of course, learning something along the way. “What would I do? “ This is what I think after every JP novel. Definitely a good read overall!

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Great story.. but the ending!!

Good long interesting story.. disappointing ending... won’t say more... but beware.
And from an author I love!

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Fascinating performances, subject matter & mystery

Would you listen to House Rules again? Why?

I almost never listen to the same book twice. But I might with House Rules. I cared about every one of the characters and the details of Autism Spectrum and Aspberger's Syndrome kept my attention all the way through. Add to that my increasing curiosity as to what actually happened and great narrators. I'd enjoy listening again, knowing the answers to the mystery and hearing the clues as they're given, one little bit at a time.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Both Emma and Jacob tie for my favorite characters. Their relationship and both of their handicaps or flaws make them lovable and believable.

Which scene was your favorite?

A lot of the scenes had me laughing, some crying, but the climax and big reveal at the end was my favorite.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Finding out how far Jacob had gone to take care of his brother was very moving.

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not bad

I figured out the twist near the beginning, but still enjoyed how the story unfolded

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Not her best but still worth a listen

Very engaging story, but wrapped up very very fast and left a lot of small holes in the plot. Rich’s fascination w/ the advice column...all the legal proceedings that followed the last minute revelations...the victim’s dad was a senator but that was a non-issue once the investigation got started...
Still it kept me glued until that last somewhat disappointing 20 minutes. I’d figured out The Who-dun-it pretty early on but the journey was still enjoyable. Would have liked 1 more piece about how it all ended rather than the reader having to imagine it. Excellent research by the author on autism & living with it & living with someone who lives with it. I truly felt like I have a better view of the world through the senses of a child with autism (and I’m a child therapist so that’s saying a lot!).

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Interesting Ingredients but the ending flopped

The characters are interesting, sometimes funny, sometimes sad. The concept of the plot is a good idea, but it dragged on and on. The filler for at least the last third was not engaging enough make up for the delay in arriving at the climax of the story. As a professor of special education, I was glad to see a story including a character with Aspergers. While some of the background information was valid, there were also some major misconceptions perpetuated. Jacob's behaviors seemed generally true to an individual with Aspergers. Generally speaking, a good read, but wow did the ending fall flat. It read like a seven year old found the almost complete manuscript open, added the last sentence and pushed "send". :-(

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Captivating and compelling

I was captivated by this story! The characters and their nuances highlighted the depth and richness of each. The knowledge regarding the behaviors, emotions, and intense focus of the Aspergers Syndrome child contributes to the story. Jacob’s focus on crime scene investigation made this book all the more compelling to read further. Great attention to detail and a wonderful storyline.