A story that stay with me for a while. The ending was the best part of the story for me. The author keeps you guessing and throws you for a loop with an incredible surprise ending!
Grover Gardner brought the story to life. Since the book involved Andy in so many of the scenes, hearing it from a male voice was a great way to visualize the story.
Each character was well developed inviting us to see each of them for who they were. However, I must say Andy was my most memorable character since he was the main character who struggled between his roles as a D.A., father, husband and son.
I cannot rave about this book. I cannot even say I enjoyed it. The story confronts both family perceptions and the legal system at the same time. The main plot, a 14 year old accused of killing a classmate, is eerie enough. Then family secrets are revealed that make one even more uncomfortable (which is usually why they are kept secret in the frst place). To further complicate the matter, the father is a DA who is willing to do anything to defend his son from what he believes to be is an outrageous accusation.
Grover Cleveland's narration was well done. I found it difficult to not remember his narration of David Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter series. With the father beng a lawyer, it was hard to keep them apart.
The characters were very believeable. The story is very believeable. The ending did not quite flow and left a lot hanging. I truly wondered how it was going to happen and I did not anticipate it, but it was not complete. There were a number of loose ends remaining. Maybe that is why I feel so unsettled about the whole project.
I did not read the print version, but I would think it might be better as I could put my own slant on the voice.
I would compare this to "There is Something About Kevin".. Actually that is what drew me to this book.
Chilling is what I would give as a reaction to this story.
I am drawn to stories about what makes people tick and how love or even hate color our perceptions. I like seeing how intelligent people can twist reality .... and just not be aware they are doing it.
Love the narrator, he makes the story come alive for me. Great plot, a little slow at times but I really enjoyed it.
It was the story of something extraordinary happening to a supposedly "normal" family. I could relate to it on many levels, which made it all the more engaging.
The entire last chapter.
His voice is easy to listen to.
I was shocked at the ending and parts of the book still remain with me.
The narrator was able to capture each character so well. I never felt like the narrator was changing HIS voice to speak as a different character - it just seemed like it actually WAS a different character was speaking.
For me it was when the dad heard Jacob cry out in his sleep, and attempted to talk to this "typical" preteen. He displayed such patience by offering comfort despite the lack of response and total disdain from Jacob. Haven't all of us with kids of this age not experienced this?
A sense of mystery and intrigue.
It was very moving and had a compelling ending.
I really liked it.
Very interesting story. Thought provoking. Leaves you curious as to what you would do, given the circumstances?
Didn't want to stop listening! Spellbinding.
OMG - the trip to Jamaica and the final outcome made me gasp, even though I suspected what was going to happen it still made chills run up my spine.
I was fascinated by Jacob, his secrets and behaviors were compelling.
Don't Have Children!
This is a tale that's been told before (in at least one classic film) but rarely as well as this book tells it. It's going to be hard to discuss this without throwing spoilers out there. The author hooks the reader from the start and slowly reveals puzzle pieces as the book progresses in a skillfully written peek-a-boo fan dance of clues and emotional revelations. Echoes with elements of one recent true crime story in particular - I can say no more! Very well done.
The ending was completely unpredictable. I also liked that we could not see into Jacob's mind any more than his parents could.
The description of the car ride Jacob takes with his mother.