Van Heugten, Antoinette. Saving Max.
An ARC (will be released this fall) about a mother and her son with Asperger's. I'm always interested in stories about autism and Asperger's. Our neighbor's son (before we moved in Dec.) is autistic, and my closest friend teaches students with Asperger's.
However, nothing in this book really worked for me. Danielle, Max's mother, was the focus and seemed to be much weirder than Max. I liked the little that was actually revealed about Max, but he was reduced to the inciting force, while Danielle became the protagonist.
The one-night-stand that immediately morphed into a deep relationship bothered me. The callousness and high-handedness of the institution felt false. The villain was suspected early, but the development of the "reason" (trying not to reveal any spoilers) would certainly be one of the most extreme cases I've heard of. The villain was certainly a psychopath even if the other explanation fits. I had problems with the writing, the plot, and the characters.
Fiction. Mystery. 2010. 375 pages.