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)
With the exception of the end I disliked Laurie. She came off as relentless and a nag. When one works or lives with someone like Laurie it crawls under one's skin and caused me to fast forward on these pages (I would have skipped the same pages in a print version). I felt 1/3 of the book was brilliant and something I never read. I wish the author would have pursued a book on the dad, son, grandfather and work. While 1/3 of the book was brilliant 2/3rds was not. Of the 2/3rds a large portion was insignificant (page fillers) clichés and long winded descriptions that should have been omitted. Examples of clichés were the bat, Babe Ruth, Clarence Darrow and I easily guessed the missing person similar to the Aruba incident.I also disliked the author calling Jamaicans "natives" as this is considered a slur. It would have been more appropriate to refer to them as Jamaicans or locals. My skin crawled at that negative slur.I found myself fast forwarding a lot in this audible book. Again, it was an ok book but had the outline to be excellent.
Pass on this one.
Started out as a good story. Kid being bullied. Bullier found dead in a park. All fingers point to the DA's kid, the one being bullied. Lots of trial in the story. Got a little boring during the trial part, which seemed to be long.
Father in prison seemed to be thrown in to have a different angle to the story.
Love his voice. Very commanding
Yes, because I did want to listen to what sounded like a good story.
When Jacobs father discovers that Jacob is likely to be the murderer
This book kept me up very late because it was so good
I would highly recommend this book
A basic murder mystery, lawyers and cops jousting. It was the kind of book that kept my attention but you could go for moments without paying attention and still know what was going on. I hated the ending. So sad. Such a downer.
An airplane book
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!
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