This was a great book. It teaches of betrayal, denial, addictions and afflictions. Andy was in total denial about his entire family gene and condition that he did not allow himself to help his son when he had a chance to do so. One would think his wife was a little crazy but in actuality even in her fear, she was willing to face her fear in an effort to help her son Jacob. I believe even in Jacob's death, she felt she was helping him and saving him from entering a lifeof doom like his great great grandpa, great grandpa, grandpa. Very good reading.
Parent's worst nightmare
Mom- tried to remain a rock in the face of tragedy
Just thought provoking
No. Defending Jacob was recommended for those who liked Sycamore Row. Since I loved that book, I gave it a try. Pretty early on I could tell it wasn't for me. Overuse of the f-bomb for starters. Yes, realize there are a lot of high school characters in this book but it was the adults using it. Seemed out of place. Not being familiar with Landay, I thought maybe this was a first book. Was wrong. Not a good fit for me.
Not necessarily this genre but probably this author.
The narrator didn't fit the story. A lot of young characters (young parents, young students, etc.) and the narrator just didn't fit in my opinion. Plus a very sad attempt at a Bostonian accent. Really threw me off.
Definitely not. Story came to a conclusion. Really not enough substance to merit a follow up.
I'm trying not to be harsh yet at the same time be honest. The over use of expletives seems to fit a younger (20'ish?) reader.
Yes. Absolutely. The character development was thorough enough to carry me through the two novels without losing track of some many involved in Jacob's case. The narrative was well thought through without giving up the ending and there were several "twist" to create moments of reflection.
The irony of the vacation's purpose to resurrect the family as the Phoenix from the Ashes, ended up providing "freedom" to the most unthinkable person, Jacob, when he died. The irony was so strong towards the end of the book, it reminded how life really is...
When Jacob's dad enters Derek's home and questions him.
I wouldn't it. It's a perfect title.
I loved the book and this is the first book I've listened to by William Lunday.
Yes. It's a really good story, well narrated.
The way the story line challenges the main character gives the story depth and complexity. He's a prosecutor whose son is accused of murder. The book raises the obvious question of whether Jacob actually committed the crime, along with the competing loyalties of the father/prosecutor if in fact he did. There's also the element of what's going on in the parents' marriage, and the prosecutor's relationship with his own father, and some nature/nuture issues. Very interesting.
He gives a real "voice" to the dad/prosecutor, a little ironic at times.
For me this book was a little slow with too much non resolution. That being said I think it was very original and well written.
Intriguing Plot Twist
With the father as protagonist, he wants more than anything for his son to be innocent... But do the facts support that hope?
I really like his reading. He's done the Andy Carpenter books and its like an old friend telling you a story.
My Son Is Innocent... Isn't He?
A good who-done-it story to make house chores or a drive fly by. Brings home the effect of having a suspect as one of your family and how torn it can make the loved ones feel, and how it can drag up things you really didn't want to know.
I have listened to it on three occasions because the story of parents blindly standing by their children hits close to home & is something I deal with in my chosen profession.
When Jacob's mother comes to the horrifying realization that, despite her best efforts & Jacob's seemingly peaceful, comfortable life, he is a monster.
I have not, but since listening to "Defending Jacob", I have sought out other audio books narrated by him.
Yes, I had a difficult time hitting the pause button for reasons such as sleep, work & paying attention to my spouse.
As the story takes place in a town I lived & worked in, I was interested in it. As I continued listening, the accuracy was amazing & the subject matter was riveting. This is a book that every parent should read or listen to.
Probably wouldn't recommend this book to a friend because there are so many better ones.
TV movie...(that's what it reads like--and that is not a good thing)
Several significant elements were "overblown". It strives to claim a level of intensity and interest that doesn't actually exist in the real world. So ultimately, it rings very forced and in some ways, repetitive...
Characters are deeply, frustratingly foolish. Almost everything they do will make you cringe, like watching the poor ingenue wander upstairs alone in a bad horror movie.
No. Not a compelling storyteller.
The main character, but all were well done. Gardner is excellent as always, infusing the characters with individuality while steering safely clear of the fake accents and melodrama that characterize some narrators.
No, because the first-person perspective is baked too deeply into the story, such as it is.
This is not a terrible book, just not a very good one. The ambiguity surrounding Jacob's guilt is one bright spot throughout the book, but the final twist/resolution left me unfulfilled.