House Rules: A Novel
- Publish Date: 2010-11-09
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Jodi Picoult
When your son canât look you in the eye . . . does that mean heâs guilty?
Jacob Hunt is a teen with Aspergerâs syndrome. Heâs 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 subjectâforensic analysis. A police scanner in his room clues him in to crime scenes, and heâs always showing up and telling the cops what to do. And heâs usually right.
But when Jacobâs small hometown is rocked by a terrible murder, law enforcement comes to him. Jacobâs behaviors are hallmark Aspergerâs, 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 Jacobâs mother, Emma, itâs a brutal reminder of the intolerance and misunderstanding that always threaten her family. For his brother, Theo, itâs another indication why nothing is normal because of Jacob.
And over this small family, the soul-searing question looms: Did Jacob commit murder?