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)
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worth the wait.. the wife was driving me crazy.. but shocker of an ending.. recommend
interesting, compelling, great ending!
when they went to Jamaica...and what happens on the small island.
no, but i want to now
yes, the end.
i love books like these and i hate when they end for i've enjoyed them so much. i will look for more by this author and narrator. thank you!
The plot and characters were interesting - especially with all the teen violence in the news. However, the narrator wasn't up to the task of changing the tone, inflection, etc. of each character. Many times it was difficult to tell who was speaking.
I liked the questions raised in this book.
It leaves a lot for each individual to evaluate and digest how or what they may do in such a position as some of these characters. It lost it's interesting edge when the authors personalities of the characters twisted the story and made it somewhat predictable - most common views in movies and books... (The "special" or unique view of a Jewish Lawyer or a Priest) - a more common majority stance may have added more.
This was a book selected by our book club. If this was made into a movie or TV series I would suggest the personal views of all sides of the situation be truly researched out bit more. For example: I definitely feel the the Catholic Church may have some conflict with the beliefs portrayed by the "father" in this book. And not to say that the "person" couldn't have those views however it's rare to imagine that someone, to dedicate their life to a faith, would have such conflict with some fundamental view of that faith. (I'm not Catholic) but I feel a little more research on that character could even add more to this book and the many questions and feelings it proposes. Also a little more development on the lawyer in similar aspects could enhance the process the book goes through. If the book played more to the commonality instead of the unique few of some of the publicly focused on characters I think the book would even pose more conflict in people and evoke the odd cross of feelings even better. Just my thoughts. I liked the ending and where it stands. I'm trying not to give anything away but it's worth a read for sure. Thanks
Suspenseful twists and turns
Never listened to him before
The dad he never doubted his son and not many parents could say that about their children
Something light and funny.
He is an amazing reader. I always enjoy listening to him. I guess I thought this would be more like an Andy Carpenter book, especially with the the main characters Andy & Lori being read by Grover.
I was horrified, especially as a mother of a 13 year old boy.
The story keeps you so engaged. It's impossible to stop listening because you just want to see what will happen next!
Jacob's mother. She is dedicated to her son but also torn. She comes across as so human.
I quite enjoyed listening to this audiobook until the ending made me wish I hadn't listened at all. The narrator is very good and the characters are interesting. The ending just really sucked. And it's not just a sad/happy thing. It feels like I was so wrapped up in the lives of these characters and the author just pulled a cruel trick on me.
Lots of interesting questions arose as I read this book. Is Jacob guilty of murder? Is our justice system efficient and fair? Is there such a thing as a murder gene? Just how responsible are parents for the actions of their children?
I kept trying to like Jacob....but as evidence stacked up, it became increasingly difficult. Mr. Landay took us through a process similar to what his parents were feeling.
This is less Jacob's story than it is the story of his parents.
I enjoyed this book and thoroughly enjoy Grover Gardner's narration. Lots of turns in this story and I would recommend to those enjoying a good mystery.
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