THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
'Utterly gripping' Stylist
Emma Hunt has spent fifteen years raising Theo and Jacob on her own, and has created what she sees to be a stable and happy life for them, despite the challenges of Jacob's Asperger's syndrome.
Jacob's behaviour has sometimes frustrated Emma, but she has never doubted her son's good heart. Yet, when his tutor is found dead, suspicion begins to surround Jacob and the Hunt family, who have never quite fitted into the community.
Now, as more and more evident links Jacob to the crime, Emma is determined to prove her son's innocence.
Can she believe in it?
'A real page-turner' Sunday Express
Perennial bestseller Picoult (Handle with Care) has a rough time in this Picoult-esque blend of medical and courtroom drama that lacks her usual storytelling finesse. Eighteen-year old Jacob Hunt has Asperger's syndrome, and his devoted single mother, Emma, has built their family's life around Jacob's needs, sacrificing her career to act as his caregiver and all but ignoring a younger son, Theo. But when Jacob is accused of murder, that carefully crafted life comes apart, and all of the hallmarks of Jacob's diagnosis begin to make him look guilty. Emma hires a young attorney whose attachment to Jacob brings him close to the family as he struggles to mount a defense for Jacob, whose inability to read social cues makes him less than an ideal client. While Picoult's research is impeccable and she deals intelligently with charged questions about autism and Asperger's, the whodunit is stretched sitcom-thin and handled poorly, with characters withholding information from the reader throughout. Picoult's writing, line by line, is as smooth as ever, and she does a great job of getting into Jacob's head, but the wobbly plotting is a massive detriment.
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An excellent book. Really enjoyed reading from the perspective of someone with Aspergers. Autism is an area of high interest. This book gave excellent insight to what it is like to live with Aspergers; whether it is the person with Aspergers, sibling or parent. Thank you for writing such a fascinating story. The only suggestion I would like to make is regarding the ending. I would have liked more detail of how all concerned were acquitted and what actually happen more clearly. I think the ending was wrapped up too quickly with not enough detail. Otherwise a fabulous read.
I loved this book and I have recommended it to so many people particularly those who have autism in their lives or want to better understand autism. All through the book I wanted to shout "You need to ask the right question!" A fabulous book and one that can't be put down.
Best book iv ever read :D