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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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  • Jp
  • 01-08-18

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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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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  • Keren
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  • 01-06-18

Insightful

Insight into Ausbergers and genius

Insight into courtroom labyrinth where no one asks the questions that would get to the truth; the need to win trumps truth and justice.

Insight into struggles of special needs families which in many cases are amplified struggles of all families.

Excellent story and very well read. I could easily listen to the readers for long periods of time. This was good because I was continually on the edge of my seat and didn’t want to take a break.

Alternates first person perspective of each of the characters.

The reader will not guess the truth of the crime scene until the very end. Shows how easily we are influenced to assume truth based on our own experience and prejudice.

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Am I the only one that could see the ending from a mile away!?

Great book and well written but the ending did not surprise me at all. The characters were great and I did enjoy it

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Excellent story

This is a book about a teenager named Jacob with Asperger's. It is fiction but seems to accurately portray this diagnosis. It is a very long book but held my interest throughout. Jacob is accused of murder and most of the story is during the time period before, during and after the trial. The narrators did a wonderful job. This is my first book by this author and I was very pleased I purchased it. Thanks Jodi for the information and entertainment your book provided to me.

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Another great story by Picoult

All of Ms Picoult’s books are so well written and are about a variety of subjects. They are not about the same old thing with different characters. She is becoming my favorite author.