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)
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.
Great story keeps you listening.
Different than anything I've listenedtoo.
Very interesting story line with todays mental health issues.
The true unconditional love of a father.
Exciting twist at the ending.
This is the powerful story of one family's journey though the complex and frightening legal system as told by the father, Andy, the (former) lead district attorney. Is Jacob, the teenaged son, a cold blooded murderer or has he been wrongly accused in the stabbing death of another student? If he's guilty, is his father's genetic makeup to blame or was day care as a baby the possible cause. This story is so much more than a courtroom drama, although it's certainly that. It's also the chronicle of two parents as they struggle with grave doubts about their child and about their parenting skills and, ultimately, how this struggle is resolved by each of them. Did Jacob do it? I'm not going to say, but I'll be thinking about him and his parents and the conflict they faced for a long, long time.
I was looking at this book for a while trying to decide if I was going to buy it or not. I am very glad I did purchase it. It was a book that kept you hanging on to the very end.
It was well narrated and the story line was awesome. I may have to look for more books by this author. I would recommend this book to any who likes books like this.
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I think most Court Room Dramas are pretty good; I like the “keep you guessing until the end” element – wondering about the guilt or innocence of key players.
This story was no exception; it had a few predictable plot-twists… and few unexpected ones too! I would have liked it to go on just a little more because I wanted to know what happened next! Still, the ending was not unsatisfying so it’s not really a criticism.
I absolutely loved listening to this audible. Grover Gardner, the narrator, does a fantastic job delivering the story. The story line is solid, intriguing and very well thought out. William Landay hit a home run with this novel! Never a boring moment!
I would rate Defending Jacob in my top ten Audible books.
This is my first Grover Gardner narration. At first, I didn't think I would like his voice, but shortly after, I warmed to the timber of his voice and it was perfect. He sounded very fatherly.
As the mother of a grown son and grandmother to a fourteen year old boy I cringed at the the thought of a parent going through a terror like this. I could relate closer with Andy, the dad, more so than the mother, Laurie.
Wow, how far would you go to protect your child?
I felt slightly emotionally paralyzed at then end.
It ranks high, it made me think after I had finished, "what would I do?" I appreciate books that do that, they don't let you go.
I don't recall listening to another book quite like this one.
The subtle ease the way he changed his voice for the characters, the book was a joy to listen to.
Not at first, just seemed like a courtroom drama but as it slowly unfolded I would sit in car and continue.
I enjoyed this book, it provoked good lunch discussions with co-workers, everyone had an opinion on how they would handle a similar situation.
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