It was easy to step into the family emotional struggles that play out throughout the book and identify with many of them. You always know that this is a very unusual story that may rock your socks at the end. And it really does just that. I couldn't put it down.
The Dad, For believing in his son.
The dad, so I could talk to him about the legal system.
Even though I was warned that there would be a twist in this book, I wasn't expecting it at all. This is a great story and a great performance.
Avid reader, loves suspense, classics, and any books that are well written no matter the genre.
When I use the word "frightening" as the headline for this review I do not use it the way I might for a novel like The Shining. For me, this story was less about a family in crisis (although they are) and the blinders a parent might wear when looking at their child's behavior.....rather it was more about the idea of nature vs nurture in the development of a person's psyche and behavior. I couldn't help but think of the sociopath or psychopath in society and just how frightening and damaging that person can be in relationships with other people. And I am not speaking necessarily of just murder and mayhem.
The book goes from chapter to chapter smoothly keeping me hooked especially after the first few chapters. The characters were interesting and the end seemed so right for this book. I thought the narrator did a wonderful job of relating the story primarily in the words of the father.
I give this book 5 stars because I thought it was well written with compelling subject matter but most of all because the book continues to linger in my mind. It has left me thinking about it long after finishing it.
The plot was adult and I loved the ending.
Better than a John Grisham ending.
No but I work for living
I listened to this audiobook less than a year after reading the novel. The plot is gripping and I wanted to understand the characters even better with a second approach to the book. The novel is difficult to put down in either form, text or audio, so engaging is the plot and so fascinating the characters.
Basically, the kid Jacob gets in trouble. How much trouble? His father is utterly loyal to him throughout. Well --- why? No one at all can figure that out, including Andy's own father; though that man shows the same trait, so one wonders about genetic predispositions, a theme of the novel. But what is being passed on? Whatever it is, it's a whole lot more complex than the characters seem to think.
You WILL be surprised more than once during this story. The story is clear and the characters few enough that listening to it first should be easy to comprehend.
The reading by Grover Gardner is good, especially the male characters. The females sound a little prissy, but this is basically a father-son-grandson story about men and families, and their reading is excellent. I strongly recommend both the novel and the audiobook. Wow. Very thoughtful book, as well as exciting.
I don't think the style of the book nor the narration leant itself to an audio version. The story itself was ok, but listening to it really ruined it for me. the narrator was boring and the style of announcing who was speaking during examination of the witness was very annoying. I could recommend it to someone who would want to read it and would be interested in their take on the book.
Yes, maybe in a couple of years, because it held my interest.
the father of Jacob because he both loved him and was realistic
yes, equally great
Jacob-because he was perplexing and so like mass shooters we have known.
How far would you go to protect your family?
A serious crime is committed in an upscale neighborhood and everyone becomes unhinged as the circumstances of the crime unfold.
In a courtroom setting the writer combines legal and psycho. drama that keeps you turning the pages. Andy, Laurie and their son Jacob seem somewhat normal one day and as the case unfolds the reader is taken into the heart of this family that becomes shattered.
Is 14 year old Jacob a typical moody teenager hanging out in his room listening to music on his ipod "touch" or is he a psychopathic monster.