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)
I would recommend it. The plot grabbed you right away. The writing had aspects of poetry and a lyrical quality at times along with technical aspects of law and crime investigation. It was though, a study of human character, flawed as we all are, but presented with a sensitivity not seen that often in male psyches.
Plot twists and nuances.
No. I could put it down
I bought this book on a whim and was really glad I did. The writing is good and the story line keeps your interest. Parents of teenagers will find it particularly interesting. Raises challenging moral dilemmas without being preachy.
I was riveted throughout - got attached to the characters, sympathized with them. However, I think the story would have benefited from an epilogue.
couldn't stop listening
I loved his wife Lori because she was so introspective and was not afraid to ask the hard questions instead of just the practical ones.
I haven't but I would again
I love Piccoult, but find Patterson to be a little too plot driven. Landay had plenty of plot to keep things moving, but also more thought provoking moments especially about the decisions they had to make as a family. The addition of courtroom scenes really closed the deal for me. I loved it. I will be looking into other books by Landay.
This book is interesting, thought provoking, and has a few twists and turns in it. I loved it and highly recommend it.
Very good story. Felt like I was listening to someone recounting a true story. Had to remind myself more than once that it was a novel. Highly recommend!
Best was the ending when the listener becomes aware of just who is on trial and for what.
Not really, no. It was not nail biting enough for my taste.
Yes, to listen to the narration before buying. I want an animated pasionate narrator with a many character voice. A voice to inspire my imagination and not lull me to sleep.
The book was alright, not good or bad, just alright.
Retired 35 year policeman from So CA, relocated with my wife to South Carolina with "Toby" our cat. I listen to two books a week
Causes great sociaetal introspection
Comparing only takes away from the drama
A family brought together then torn apart by tragedy
The story line was very compelling and kept my interest, my main criteria for an audiobook :)
My Sister's Keeper, but from a man's perspective.
No. I read for entertainment and this book was just flat out sad.
I haven't read William Landay before. This was a lot like Jodi Piccoult- very real, but very depressing.
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