So good!!!!!! Very suspenseful and a great story. I think anyone would enjoy this book. Captivating and can't put it down.
Expectations were exceeded. The only issue I had was the first part of the book was extremely descriptive which I understand but I found distracting. The extra details didn't really add to the story line for me. Some are necessary of course but not the amount that was included. It evened out by the end of the novel.
It might be a Grisham, but a bit more personal in effect.
Well done. A story to make a parent think!
I am a working mom and wife and don't have much time to read books, so listening to them in the car is my new hobby!
I just finished this book and am still in shock with the ending. This book sums up a parent's worst nightmare in every aspect. The characters are not warm and fuzzy and none of them are really easy to like, which was probably very intentional. I did not find myself relating to anyone, although I did try. Several times while listening, I found myself annoyed with the wrong people...the parents. But, if I was in the situation, what would I do? I just don't know.
The ending...so much trauma and pain in a family.
None of the scenes are my favorite, all are equally memorable.
What would you do?
Lover of books, art & family but not in that order.
Gripping, Twists, Surprise
Jacob's mother. I don't want to say why because it will give away some of the surprise.
I felt like I was sitting & talking to Jacob's father. Felt as if I was seeing the investigation & trial actually going on.
The family goes on vacation & then....
I could not stop listening to this book. Landay gives just enough twists to keep it interesting. I only wish he would have developed some of Jacob's classmates more.
“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.” ― Dr. Seuss
The book a awesome, but I never listen to a book twice.
Can't think of one
Neal Logiudice.... you just love to hate him.
It has been a while since I read a great courtroom book. "Defending Jacob" is definitely in that category. There are two stories in this book which come into a collision in the end. I was particularly interested to know more about some of the new sciences used to prove the innocence or the guiltiness of an accused. What if one day they can tell if someone will have violent or criminal tendencies just by looking at the genetic making of that person? Where would this lead? That's a scary thought! I rather believe that there goodness in everyone and that you are not what your genetic matter is... well at least I hope so.
Slow deliberate collision
The narrator first person Andy. In retrospect what at first appeared to be a detached narration was really the voice of a man trying to shield his own sole from the horrible reality .
This book is awesome. At first I was tempted to return it after the first two hours as it appeared to be mundane and just drone on. But I reread the reviews and decided I was
just missing something and decided to give a little while longer. Then before I know it I was
hooked and as time went one I began to believe it is one of the best books I ever read and
will in time listen again. Like seeing a good movie the second time and picking up the nuisances you missed the first time. This story will stay with me.
Amazing story with many up and downs. I though the end was going to drag on but before you know it the story took a big turn and then one final big loop de loop. It's amazing and chilling til the very end.
Just didn't ever go anywhere and gave up after a couple of hours. Love Grover Gardner as Narrator in Andy Carpenter series, but could not bring this one off for me. Reviews were great so I bought it. Returning after finishing this review.
I did not like the audio reading, nor did I find any of the main characters likable or interesting, and was therefore hard for me to become engaged with the story. I did however find the story well written.
I greatly appreciate the thought & interest this book raised by mentioning a gene associated with activity levels of the enzyme MAOA, low levels of which can predisposition children to anti-social behavior such as violent crimes. Also mentioned , is a recent and troubling diagnosis involving an attachment pattern for very young infants placed in daycare. For me, these two clinical references made the book worth reading.
A philosophical under current this book sustains, although does not address, and one which I find terrifying is, where is gene identification leading us? Who will determine whose Genes must be altered? Gene altering is already in its infancy, and of course will escalate. This book identifies a target population, but who is next?