House Rules: A Novel (Google eBook)
Simon and Schuster
, Apr 3, 2010
- 544 pages
When your son canít look you in the eye . . . does that mean heís guilty?
Jacob Hunt is a teen with Aspergerís syndrome. Heís 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 subjectóforensic analysis. A police scanner in his room clues him in to crime scenes, and heís always showing up and telling the cops what to do. And heís usually right.
But when Jacobís small hometown is rocked by a terrible murder, law enforcement comes to him. Jacobís behaviors are hallmark Aspergerís, 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 Jacobís mother, Emma, itís a brutal reminder of the intolerance and misunderstanding that always threaten her family. For his brother, Theo, itís another indication why nothing is normal because of Jacob.
And over this small family, the soul-searing question looms: Did Jacob commit murder?