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)
Real life nightmare
I would prefer not to say as I don't want to spoil it for others
Yes, I have and I have thoroughly enjoyed all his work.
Jacob's mother. Again I don't want to give the reason as it would be a spoiler.
This was a very good book, with twists and turns and an unexpected ending. I will certainly watch for more books by this author.
I would recommend this book. It was well paced and even the sometimes tricky time and place changes made sense.
I really liked the the complexity of the father's character and his almost wistful love for his son.
Grover Gardner became the father for me. Beautifully acted.
I bought the book because I was caught by the title. It didn't disappoint so I would not rename the book.
Don't get complacent when listening to this book. There are always surprises.
This story grabbed me quickly and wouldn't let me go, even through the somewhat slow portions near the end. I listened to the whole thing in just a few days. I just had to know what would happen next.
It kept my attention. It kept me wondering what would happen next.
He brought the characters to life.
The dad. I loved the effort he put forth to defend his son.
I thought this audiobook was great. I would definitely recommend it. It never lost my interest and the story was fun to follow.
The ending captured me.
Andy, the narrator of the story, was fascinating. Hearing his reactions and thoughts always kept me thinking.
I didn't love this book but I can't seem to let it go either. I wanted more detail about the characters early on in the book but the twists and turns of the last chapters made up for it.
I don't think I would listen to it again because some of the characters actions and lack of motives were frustrating
Andy Barber's growing panic and trying to hold it together.
Jacob - cause you just don't have a clue
Some audio books I like to listen to with a hard copy nearby for referring back to previous passages. This was one of those books
Tell us about yourself! I'm a teacher who loves cycling and plugging into a book for 10 or more hours on long bike rides.
surprising, believable, suspenseful
The exchange with the grandfather in prison and his involvement with the conclusion of the trial.
Very natural and easy to visualize the character
I was easily drawn in and identified with the fathers unfailing defense of his son.
I really enjoyed this book. It was well worth the credit and my favorite audio book so far.
The twists and turns aren't exactly unexpected in this formulaic but satisfying courtroom drama. William Landay might not be the next John Grisham, but the story is good, and the trial scenes seem authentic. I was glad to see this book on the bestseller list, because I think legal thrillers are too often overlooked. This book is thoughtful and reasonably compelling--not the best book you'll read this year, but right up there in the top ten, probably. Grover Gardner's excellent narration brings the story to life; anything he reads is well worth listening to. This is a good book, worth your time. Enthusiastically recommended.
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