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Publisher Description

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and the modern classics My Sister’s Keeper, The Storyteller, and more, comes a “complex, compassionate, and smart” (The Washington Post) novel about a family torn apart by a murder accusation.

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. 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 thrust directly in the spotlight. For Jacob’s mother, it’s a brutal reminder of the intolerance and misunderstanding that always threaten her family. For his brother, it’s another indication why nothing is normal because of Jacob.

And for the frightened small town, the soul-searing question looms: Did Jacob commit murder?

House Rules is “a provocative story in which [Picoult] explores the pain of trying to comprehend the people we love—and reminds us that the truth often travels in disguise” (People).

Fiction & Literature
April 3
Atria Books

Customer Reviews

Bunmom88 ,

The book that started it all

This was my first book by her and I was hooked. I’ve read almost all of them now. And every time I find a new one I snatch it off the shelf. She really researched how someone with autism would respond and I was impressed with her dedication to getting it right. I love how she tells the story from the different view points and you feel like you’re looking the the characters eyes.

Amigo73 ,

A Frustrating Read

There were just too many holes to make this book enjoyable. Why no one ever simply asked, “What happened?” somewhere along page 120, left the cloud of unreality over the entire rest of the book. It crossed over from entertainment to frustrating to just ridiculous and then to tedium. It was a huge disappointment to see this fine author succumb to such shoddy plot development. I fear she’s going the way of Mr. Grisham and Mr. Paterson who keep cranking out books without caring any more.

Nurse Nash123 ,


Great book. Couldn’t put it down
If you understand the main character you would totally understand the ending

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