Friday, January 18, 2013

Book Club Friday: House Rules

Happy Friday!!
It has been awhile since I've linked up for Book Club Friday... mainly because I haven't finished a book in forever!!  
I recently moved and was invited to join a book club by a mother of my daughter's friend.  We meet for the first time tonight and will be discussing this book: gives the following description of the book:
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?

 I wasn't too sure about this book at first because I'd never read anything by the author...and it didn't really seem like something I would normally read.  Having said that, I actually really liked the book.  
It gives a good description of the main character, Jacob, but I couldn't help thinking he reminded me of Sheldon from Big Bang Theory so that is how I pictured Jacob throughout the book.  
I also enjoyed the forensics side of the book since I once was in law enforcement.
The book may be daunting for those who don't read a lot, because it is quite long...but I think once you get into it you will really learn to love the characters...especially Jacob.
Have a good one!

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