I enjoyed this book and thought the story was interesting. Watch out for the twists they are numerous and sharp!
It's rare that an author combines well-researched legal and courtroom drama with remarkably well-executed character development. I believed every nuance of the people in this story and their feelings as they were written. A teenage son charged with an unspeakable crime and the way this impacted and unraveled the community and families involved - I could not put it down. The story itself was unpredictable - a mystery without resorting to the sort of trope twists which modern mysteries so often employ. My highest accolades to Landay; he has gained a fan.
I no longer live in Worcester. I now live in Brooklyn, NY.
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I couldn't get past the strange feeling that the narrator sounded at times like George Burns.
Some aspects of the story are hard to buy into.
I have recommended this book to any friend who reads. It's a gripping tale of the investigation and trial of the suspected murderer of Ben Rifkin, DA Andy Barber's own son, 14 year old Jacob Barber is the prime suspect. The novel talks about Andy's removal from the case, the isolation of his family, the trial, and the aftermath. Much of the last few chapters roll over the reader like waves. But the genius of the nuanced, intricately written account is not about the trial scenes, but rather more about what happens to a family, to parental love and knowing, to the relationship between two parents who have raised a young man that they thought was one type of kid, and is shockingly revealed to potentially be someone they never really understood or knew.Andy Barber can't conceive of a world in which his son has committed murder and as a lawyer, easily dismisses any evidence to the contrary. His wife, Laurie, slowly descends into a world in which she can imagine such a thing taking place. Whether or not Jacob did kill Ben, the changes in the family dynamic and relationships is a glacial melt. You can't see it on the outside, but inside it is becoming weaker and weaker until it finally collapses.
Andy Barber was my favorite character. He was to unendingly practical and so completely blind to his son's faults, it's astonishing as well as incredibly frustrating. He looks so closely, he can't "see" what he's looking at.
I didn't read the book, but any audiobook that is read well is better than the print version.
The best moment was the scene where Jacob's mom and he met their end.
He was expressive without overplaying the parts.
The author could drag out scenes, repeating the point unnecessarily. A little editing could have done wonders for the book.
Four years on Audible now. Love the convenience of listening while driving, cooking, folding laundry.....
I liked how the narration twists the present day court case with the events leading up to it.
I liked the suspense and the story's twists.
The grampa in jail was pretty colorful.
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The reader is very good. There was no obvious outcome in the story.
He brings the story to life. He has good pacing and intonation.
This is a book that holds your interest. Although there were hints as to what the outcome would be, the path took turns in getting there.
I loved this book. It is an excellent portrayal of a family in crisis and presents many moral dilemmas. The courtroom scenes are outstanding. Kept me guessing until the end. The narrator was good, but not great. He had difficulty changing his voice to portray different characters.
Well written, but predictable. Very reminiscent of 19 Minutes by Jodi Picoult. If you've read that one, no need to listen to this one.