Review: House Rules by Jodi Picoult

Jacob Hunt is a teenager: brilliant at maths, wicked sense of humour, extraordinarily organised, hopeless at reading social cues. And Jacob has Asperger’s. He is locked in his own world – aware of the world outside, and wanting to make a connection. Jacob tries to be like everyone else, but doesn’t know how.

When his tutor is found dead, all the hallmark behaviours of Jacob’s syndrome – not looking someone in the eye, odd movements, inappropriate actions – start looking a lot like guilt to the police. And Jacob’s mother must ask herself the hardest question in the world: is her child capable of murder?


I read House Rules for book club, for me it’s one of those books that I wouldn’t have picked up unless it was for something specific like book club. This is also the first Jodi Picoult novel I’ve read and if House Rules is anything to go by, then I’m never picking up another Picoult novel unless it’s for something specific. Like book club. Continue reading