Provides excellent discussion points for book club debates. Hard to wrap my mind around and distinguish between the boundaries of responsibility, The human mind and logic war with the emotions.
Typically, I enjoy courtroom mysteries, and psychological thrillers, and this book embodied both, and more.
The extremely complex issues (not too hard to follow, though) surrounding the son, father and the genetic line were very interesting and thought provoking.
The psychological issues with the troubled boy and his fathers almost desperate attempt to explain them away was a dynamic found in very many families, I'm sure.
The complexities of the family's experience of going from respected members of their community to virtual pariahs is interesting as well.
Definitely worth a credit!
Kept my family and I on the edge of our seats. Be warned that due to language (strong language) this is not kid friendly. Aside from that, the story was great and kept us engaged until the last sentence.
I would have liked to hear the perspective of Jacob. Still leaves questions, like "why did this or that happen"? Leaves a lot unanswered but goes into length about the courtroom proceedings.
Great story with moral complexities and uncertainty. It kept my attention to the last minute. If you enjoy suspense and mystery, you will enjoy this book.
The performance was also engaging and a good fit for the story.
Enjoyed this story of parents struggling with unthinkable allegations against their son. When does love become a dangerous, blinding risk? What should a "good" parent do?
Lots of reviewers have said they didn't see the resolution coming, and I'll agree to that too, but that's not why I'm still thinking about this book. This is more than a suspenseful family legal drama......It was the level of self-delusion and unending hope that is described by the father (the narrator of the story) that I found fascinating, and the how that things we think we have hidden in the shadows are really right beside us all the time. What do we do when we see those things we thought were hidden? The parents in this family react very differently, and that's part of what stays in my mind even several books later. What would I do? What would my friend, or my parents do?
(This is kept from being a 5 star story by the last 3 minutes of the book - speculation or fantasy that doesn't fit with the character or the preceding story. Fortunately, those 3 minutes are forgettable and don't change the feeling or the effect of the whole.)
Depressing with poor ending. Didn't like the narration. Had higher expectations but they didn't develop a key part of the story