Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Book Review:: House Rules

House Rules by Jodi Picoult

This one reined me in immediately and held my attention the entire time.  The story revolves around a teenaged boy, Jacob, who has Asperger's Syndrome.  His single mother and younger brother have adjusted their entire lives to accommodate his eccentricities and sensitivities, and as a result, their lives are very tense and strained.  Jacob is wildly obsessed with forensic science, and often recreates famous crime scenes in order that his mother can attempt to solve them.  Jacob monitors his police scanner, and occasionally sneaks onto crime scenes to offer his interpretation of the evidence.  All of these nuances are simply annoying at best until the day that Jacob's social skills tutor, Jess, turns up missing.  A police investigation of her home finds evidence of foul play, and Jacob knows too many details that only the killer would know.  The police arrest Jacob, and he goes on trial for Jess' murder once her body is discovered not too far from her home.  But could this boy, who is a genius with a tender heart, really have committed such a horrendous act?  Right up until the very end of this novel, your stomach will be in knots and you'll be wringing your hands!  A great read!

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