I enjoyed the story and loved the twist at the end. In a typical "whodunit" fashion, I was waiting for the shoe to drop - who did the murder, why is Andy testifying before a grand jury, etc. I won't give anything away, but I didn't see it coming. So, that bumps up the rating a bit.
Overall, I'd recommend it. Definitely a good page turner.
One of the best courtroom trial books that I have either read or listened to -- an engaging story with powerful writing.
yes, the story was full of detail and it moved along in every chapter
Andy, because being a parent i could totally empathize with him
the inflection and the throw back 'Perry Mason' feeling of the mystery as it unraveled- loved his voice and narration
Andy- just his journey from beginning to end
highly recommend this book!
In this mystery with lots of courtroom drama, an assistant DA must surrender a murder case when his 15 year old son is accused of the crime. Realistic and engaging family dynamics are the strength of this novel, as the parents of Jacob struggle with the possibility that their son is a killer. The weaknesses -- not a lot happens and some of the courtroom scenes drag a bit. The pluses, though, outweigh the minuses, with the originality bumping this us to a 4 star rec for me. The reader is very solid, and I enjoyed this book.
Since Grover Gardner is narrating, it adds one star to the whole process. The familiarity of the names Andy and Lori are a little disconcerting as GG narrates all the Andy Carpenter books. I sometimes forget this isn't Carpenter and wonder where Tara is. I did enjoy the book.
This is not just your average court-room thriller. It examines family dynamics, personality, character, and ethics as well as keeping you guessing and on the edge of your seat.
So here's the thing I am a HUGE David Rosenfeld fan. The main Character's name is Andy and he's a lawyer and his wife (who he adores) name is Lori and they lived in a suburb of Boston (ok so its not NJ) and Grover Gardner is reading. I got all excited that I had burned a David Rosenfeld book and was waiting to laugh ..I waited and waited until the story line took me but I couldn't get past all the parallels.
This was heart wrenchingly sad and a good book . I just wish that someone else had read it and the characters names were not Andy and Lori. I couldn't get totally past that .
Almost four stars. The narrator does a great job. The voice never really changes but he still gives each character a distinct voice.
The story is good, riveting, but not surprising. The author leads us to the conclusion, dropping hints along the way so we aren't thrown for a loop. Most of the story takes place in the courtroom and it held my interest.
As a parent, this book really made me think. How would I react if my own child was accused of a terrible crime? How would I react if, upon that accusation, I realized I didn't know my child as well as I thought I did? The author takes us on an emotional journey. I won't soon forget this story.
Linda in Omaha
I don't think I have ever used the term "riveting" in describing a book, but this one earns that distinction. Being a mother of sons, I could identify with the need to defend one of my own. Not a "feel-good" book, but definitely worth the time. The reader sounded like he could be an attorney and a father. I felt like I was listening to the true story of this family.