Summary

Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger's syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he shows up at crime scenes and gives law enforcement officials his advice. But when his tutor is found dead, he becomes a suspect. Suddenly, his Asperger’s traits - not looking people in the eye, tics and twitches - look more like guilt in the view of police. And Jacob's mother must ask herself the hardest question in the world: is her child capable of murder? (mulitple narrators)
©2010 Jodi Picoult (P)2010 Recorded Books LLC
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4 out of 5 stars
By HelgaCabbage on 12-12-12

Lovely and a little frustrating

I thoroughly enjoyed this book right up until the last two hours. What actually happened to Jess was all but spelled out for us in the first section of the story, so it felt like Picoult was trying to create a tension in the reader that wasn't there, by dragging out how long it took her characters to figure it out. Instead, I just felt frustrated by their lack of perspicacity - because they all seemed suddenly too dumb to ask the obvious question.



The book on the whole, however, was a joy to listen to.

The narrators were excellent, and I loved the switching viewpoints, as the story is told by Jacob, Emma, Oliver, Rich and Theo.

Jacob and Theo's perspectives are the best, as two teenagers who are frustrated and conflicted, but thoroughly good at heart, and while one has Aspergers and all the challenges that brings, the other suffers the fallout of a mother too busy for him. The tears I shed were always when one of these two characters was talking.



Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. It is thoroughly researched (as all Picoult's novels are), and aside from a little impatience and frustration towards the very end, I spent a very happy 20+ hours listening to this.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Sigrin on 13-02-18

Take care of your brother he is the only one you’ve got.


I really like Jodi Piccoults books, they make you think.
She researches her subject matter thoroughly and for me it was a positive experience to understand a little better the Aspergers mind.

However I felt she used the vaccinations in childhood gives rise to Autism as a beating stick throughout the book.

I will very quickly get on my soap box and I do apologies but this research of autism and vaccines has been disputed by the Dr who originally wrote the paper.
Secondly the incidence of children not being vaccinated has caused epidemics of diseases that can be avoided and ultimately needless deaths.

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