It's a great read, but I probably wouldn't listen to it again because the ending needs to be a surprise.
The incident on the family vacation really was a surprise (and a disappointment in Jacob!)
Jacob. Mr Gardner had the exact "what it is" tone of a young boy.
The ending, (I don't want to give it away to those who haven't read it).
I will be listening to more books by this author/narrator.
Such a wonderfully constructed novel. It wasn't until the end that I realized that the testimony between Andy and Loguidice did not refer to Jacob, but was the testimony at the end concerning what his wife did. Also, other things were not spelled out comlpletely adding to the spine tingling 'creepiness...such as Andy and Laura hearing a cat screaming and not even beginning to understand what might be going on. This was better than having an explanation the next day. Jacob's actions were so consistent with the diagnosis of antisocial personality disorderand yet no one picked up on it, including the psychologist . Andy's blind spot for his son was tragic, particularly as he could NEVER come to grips with it. Laura's conflict of loving her son but feeling that he might be guilty was a terrible conflict fo her until the end she could see no other choice. The psyschological implications and symtpoms were superb. One of the best books I've listened to.
It was one of the better reads I've had in the 160 or so that I've had. But the ending was really in the top 10 of surprise conclusions to a story that I've had. All the way through a story we all go back and forth trying to figure things out in a mystery. I never saw this coming and I won't leak a spoiler here for anyone. I wasn't particularly pleased with the ending....but it's not about me. It's about the thrill of the listen. And it was that.
My favorite character was Andy. He was so torn, he ended up giving up so much in his life, and in the end really gave up more than he thought he ever could've dreamed. He was so brave and went out on so many "limbs" and was very smart. I really felt for him, his struggles.
Mr. Gardner was like a real guy...someone any of us would know and carry on a conversation with...easy going manner of speaking, could easily invoke anger and desperation into his voice. His voice is pleasing to listen to.
This book is not what it appears to be at the outset. There is much more to this and it's not at all predictable. I really liked it a lot and finished it in 2 days.
The story was very realistice, it felt like I was witnessing it 1st hand. The book is written from the father's point of veiw. You know right away that there are 2 story lines, this keeps you wondering. I often don't give a 5 rating, but this book is well deserving. I wonder what I would have done in the same situation. Isn't that what a good book is supposed to do?
I was quite surprised by the turn of events and blown away with the ending. I never imagined what was to come. I REALLY liked listening to this book. I could relate with the father wanting to do whatever he had to defend his son, who is accused of murder. Being a prosecutor, he knew the ins and outs of the legal system and it was quite interesting. Legal thrillers are my absolute favorite and Defending Jacob is a good one. It was never boring and kept me wanting more until the end. Then I was just like WOW!
I am not sure that enjoyable is the word to describe this book. It is one of those books that you can't put down, all the while feeling uncomfortable reading it.
The father in the story is a strong character who is very real.
I can't think of a better name - it says it all and describes the book perfectly.
As a parent you may find this story to be alarming - I can't imagine what it would be like to be faced with the situations that this family finds themselves facing.
It did keep my interest - it was good until the end
it was the author that disappointed
I have never written a review before, but this book was spellbinding. So well performed. I never guessed the ending!
All of the characters were so well-developed.