House Rules by Jodi Picoult
I about halfway through this book and it's pretty difficult reading. I think most of her books deal with difficult subjects. House Rules is about a family dealing with a child with Asperger's syndrome. Asperger's syndrome is on the Autism spectrum. I think Asperger's also has a 'spectrum' and Jacob is on the severe end of the spectrum. I can't imagine how much goes into daily life with a child like Jacob. I do know however, that not all families/moms go to the 'trouble' that Jacob's mom Emma goes to. She dedicates every moment to Jacob's Asperger's. Is this good or bad? It's probably good for Jacob, but it's bad for her marriage (her husband left the family and it's really, really bad for her other son Theo. That's who I feel sorry for in stories and in real life. I feel sorry for the sibling who is completely ignored so that the special sibling has everything he/she needs. Does that make me a bad person? I don't think so, but some may think it sounds bad.
At this point of the book, Jacob has been arrested for the murder of his social interaction coach. He's obsessed with crime scene television shows and while the book tells us that he staged the scene where the body was found, we do not know who the murderer is. There are at least three suspects so far that we've been shown. Jacob who went to meet his social interaction coach the day she was murdered and set the scene as described above. Theo who has been going into strange houses to pretend he lives the lives of the family of the house. On the day of the murder he broke into the house that the coach (Jess) was house sitting and she caught him. And Mark, Jess's boyfriend who is abusive. Will post a complete review when I'm finished, but if you've been pondering reading this one, I say go for it!