The story describes the challenges a mother faced in bringing up her son with Asperger's syndrome - a branch of autism, Jacob Hunt. Being a single mother, she also had to take care of another son, the younger brother of Jacob, named Theo. However, a girl was found dead one day and she being Jacob's friend/tutor/social trainer, all the evidence seemed to be pointing to Jacob as the murderer.
With the help of a lawyer, the mother was trying hard to convince everybody that Jacob was innocent and the fact that he was autistic, did not help at all . And the BIG question is: did Jacob really kill Jess? I will not tell the verdict but the one liner that will describe the whole book will be: honesty is the best policy.
When you read this book, you will not only enjoy the storyline but you will also find that in the end, you will definitely learn more about Asperger's syndrome. For sure, a lot of research has been done by the author to pen down the story. I have already read five of Picoult's books and I will not hesitate to read more of her work in the future.
[NOTE: Thanks Ms. Cheong for lending me the book]