- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Export
- Format: Paperback
- Dimensions: 157mm x 236mm x 43mm | 748g
- Publication date: 1 October 2010
- ISBN 10: 1439177546
- ISBN 13: 9781439177549
- Sales rank: 4,921
"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?
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By natalie 01 Jan 2013
Another great read from Ms. Picoult.
I loved the way I could feel in-touch with each of the characters as the author manages to portray them as, well.... humans, as diverse as we are, trying to cope with life and its' expectations and limitations.
My favourite character has to be Jacob, quirky, loveable and witty. I appreciated the way the author managed to show us a spectrum of autism which most of us don't come into contact with, how it impounds on the family as a unit and not just the individual. She also manages to portray his thought and feelings about his outer world which I found touching.
Being very "Vaccine-aware", I appreciated that this was included in the book, as I think too many people out there still turn a blind eye to the poisons we so willingly introduce into our children's bodies - all in good faith - and the sometimes devastating effects which become the end results of our wanting to keep our babies "Safe and Healthy"
This book is about a murder which happens, and strangely enough, I did find myself feeling a bit frustrated because as much as it was about Asperger's Syndrome, it was still about a murder and it did trail a bit behind the whole story.
I found the ending not as good as it perhaps could have been.
Overall though, I genuinely enjoyed this book.
By Christy Leung 10 Aug 2011
I had always been a big fans of Jodi Picoult. First started with My Sister's Keeper, and then Change of Heart, . After 6 more novels from her, this book would put an end to my Jodi's collection.
It goes without saying that Jodi is good at putting spot light on controversial social issues and morality. The dilammas that the characters faced always pop out.
Like this book, using Asperger's Syndrome as the theme of the sotry is smart. How the characters are shaped is also well done. However, there is no twist in the story, and it is poorly developed. If you have been reading Jodi's novel, you will find this story very predictable. After reading 50pages, it is not difficult to see how the sotry will go.
The reason why this book ended my Jodi's collection, is that, there is nothing new from Jodi anymore. It is easy to see her story formular:
Diseased/troubled child + A mom who wont let go + a pole apart silbling/spouse + morally confused lawyer + court setting + a prompt ending.
With a formular like this, the story itself cant be that bad. However, books after books, it is getting yawning and predictable.
For those who just started reading Jodi's, choose another one. There are more books from her which are better than this one, like The Pact and Change of Heart.
And those who have been reading her novels for long, simply skip this one. You wont miss anything.
"It's hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes." --The Financial Times