This is a plot that could obviously come straight from the newspaper headlines. A teenaged boy is accused of murdering one of his classmates. However, this book is not so much plot-driven as character-driven. When I was about halfway through listening, I remarked to my husband that the book is so disturbing and depressing I was tempted not to finish. But I had to finish, "just in order to find out what happens."
"What happens" is not what I expected. And the author gets us there in a cunningly skillful manner, alternating between a straight chronology of events and excerpts of grand jury testimony which obviously comes further down the road. It is not until near the end that we learn the identity of the defendant before this grand jury.
The narrator is similarly skilled, and I am so very pleased that I chose to listen to this book, rather than read it in print. I'm sure I would have enjoyed it, but listening to a book often makes the listener more aware of the writing quality.
I would definitely recommend the book, despite its dark subject matter.
Well written, and well recorded. I like the story that how parents could love their children blindly.
I think it was the story itself. The subject matter was different than anything I have ever read before & it was very thought provoking. There were many different layers to the difficulties of this family's situation. I especially enjoyed the way people reacted to the family long before the trial had reached its conclusion. Very interesting stuff.
Without a doubt it was the decision making of the various family members. I don't want to be too specific & risk giving away the story, but I loved some of the twists this story took.
I think he made the story take on a different life than if I had read it myself. Having said that I have no doubt that I would have had no trouble getting into this book regardless of the medium.
I would have to say Andy, although Lori was a very close 2nd.
If you enjoy crime/courtroom dramas you'll love this book. It's a real interesting view into human behavior under the most stressful of predicaments.
I would reccomend this book, great book club due to some of the topics that can be discussed.
I liked the parents, probably beause I am one and tried putting myself in their shoes.
at first I did not like it but it actually grew on me as the book continued.
the mom! for her courage and most difficult decision ever!!!
No. Narration doesn't do justice to story.
A really different perspective in that the accused teen's father is a DA.
Only one voice.
You think you know your kid?
his voice is easy to listen to, inflections and intensity are excellent, maintaining different "voices" for each character is only average
I live to ride my bike.
Parents should love their child but they should realistically KNOW their child. This is one of those stories that is a parent's nightmare. How well do we really know those we love.
This is a story of a loving family, mother, father and son. With the death of a classmate, the family is thrown into a nightmare which changes their lives forever.
Based on the genes we inherit can a child be a "bad seed". Is who we are determined by the behavior of those on our family tree or the environment in which we are raised.
These are questions addressed in this wonderful book.
I could not put it down once I started. Of course I thought I knew what would happen, but I was surprised at the plot twist added by Landay.
I am a vampire, zombie reader every day all day. This was a wonderful change and a genre I will pursue.
It is probably a top ten.
When the mother decides to take justice into her own hands
I really enjoyed that I was never "really" sure until the end. Usually in stories of this nature you pretty much figure it out but that was not the case with "Defending Jacob". At first listening I was a bit put off by the conversational style, it felt a little juvenile until I got into the story farther and you realize the story is being told in court in bits and pieces.
This book was a good story. The beginning of it seemed slow but once it picked up I was sucked in anxious to hear how it ended. As the book reads, I kept thinking about my own sons, wondering how I would feel in the same situation. The book was very thought provoking as you wonder how your marriage would survive, how to support your family. The book has a couple surprise twist that I was not expecting, making me want to keep listening wanting more. I would listen to it again.