Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.
Every parental instinct Andy has rallies to protect his boy. Jacob insists that he is innocent, and Andy believes him. Andy must. He’s his father. But as damning facts and shocking revelations surface, as a marriage threatens to crumble and the trial intensifies, and as the crisis reveals how little a father knows about his son, Andy will face a trial of his own - between loyalty and justice, between truth and allegation, between a past he’s tried to bury and a future he cannot conceive.
Award-winning author William Landay has written the consummate novel of an embattled family in crisis - a suspenseful, character-driven mystery that is also a spellbinding tale of guilt, betrayal, and the terrifying speed at which our lives can spin out of control.
©2012 William Landay (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Landay has proven himself to be an extraordinary writer, and Defending Jacob is an amazing novel. Do yourself a favor and read it. It’s that good.” (Nicholas Sparks, #1 New York Times best-selling author)
“Harrowing . . . This searing narrative proves the ancient Greek tragedians were right: the worst punishment is not death but living with what you—knowingly or unknowingly—have done.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
“[Landay] reaches a new level of excellence with this riveting, knock-your-socks-off legal thriller. With its masterfully crafted characterizations and dialogue, emotional depth, and frightening implications, the novel rivals the best of Scott Turow and John Grisham. Don’t miss it.” (Booklist, starred review)
Top of my list.
Made me laugh then shook my head. Parents can be very naive.
My favorite audiobook thus far. Great to see both sides of an attorney as a prosecutor and parent.
The story kept me wondering who really did it up until the end. I didn't want the story to end.
Mom for accepting the truth
I wouldn't change it
I enjoyed the fact that the book was not predictable and that the characters were not just your run of the mill characters. The author and narrator brought life to them.
The main character, Andy Barber. He was a character that was complex, all of his secrets and the story of his past did not come out too quickly, so you "learned" about the character throughout the book.
Mr. Lajudas, the prosecutor. I would want to ask him what were the real motives for prosecuting the case? Did he really believe in the guilt of the suspect or was he trying to get a big win to boost his career?
This was my first audible book and I enjoyed both the book and the narrator. I have purchased more books, made a wish list and really gotten in to audible books because of my first experience with this book, author and narrator.
The narrator does a good job, but this story is just dull. There's an an awful lot of tedious back-and-forth courtroom dialogue near the end of the book and I felt like it didn't cover any new territory that wasn't already familiar to the listener.
It's a relatively short audiobook, so I didn't give up, although I had no feeling of investment in the outcome of the story (not a ringing endorsement for a murder mystery!)
It was a well written book with a fantastic story that has you second guessing yourself along the way.
Did not care for the flashback device of a grand jury hearing on which to hang the narrative. I found it to be intrusive and artificially strained.
No, just not good enough for the "recommend to friends" category. Last book that fit that category was "Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter."
Get another book
A good story. Memorable characters. The story did not follow a predictable pattern. It was the story of a family... never predictable.
Near the top. I couldn't stop listening!
Yes, I liked his performance of the male characters. His voice for the wife wasn't as credible and grated on my nerves.
It didn't make me laugh or cry, but I really liked it.
This is a great book. Kept thinking did he or didn't he. I have to say the surprise twist toward was not expected. I just sat there in the car saying "WHAT?"
I hated the narrators voice and his performance. I found myself rewinding and rewinding. I would tell who he was supposed to be. Is this the mother talking? Is that the father? Bad bad bad performance.
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