House Rules by Jodi Picoult
I have read several Jodi Picoult books in the last few months. I have found that she always has an unexpected twist at the end. Now either I am getting good at solving mysteries, or she didn’t do as good a job of hiding things (I prefer to think that I am getting better at sleuthing) . Don’t get me wrong, I liked the book, but I figured out how it was going to end about half way through the book.
This story is about a single mother of two sons. The oldest, Jacob, has Asperger syndrome. Picoult has a cousin who has AS but she must have done a lot of research on Asperger. She explains what it is like for the patient. They hypersensitivity to many scratchy clothing tags, noises from fluorescent lights the unrelenting adherence to routine and schedules, unwillingness or inability to look people in the eye, and much more.
Jacob is fixated on forensic analysis. He constructs fake scenes complete with corn syrup blood spatter and hair samples for his mother to solve. He has to watch a crime solvers show every day. Then he starts showing up a real crime scenes. Which is all fine and good until there is a murder in Jacob’s small town, and because of the symptoms of AS (the mannerisms that usually indicate guilt), he is a suspect.
I give this book 4 stars, I didn’t want to stop reading or in this case listening, when I had to do other things. I liked the characters, I want to stay friends with them, and find out what the rest of their lives are like.