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)
This book was out of my norm, I usually like hear stories based in early times, you know, kings, castles, swords. This book is good, it was well narrated, and the story caught my attention right away. Finished it in a couple of days. I would say it's worth the credit.
"Disturbing." That's the only way I could describe this book to the friend who recommended it to me. About a third of the way through, I told her I wasn't sure I could finish listening, I found the subject matter so difficult to endure. And honestly, it wasn't the brutality of the murder, or the fact that a child was the suspect. It was the description of mental illness that could fly so far under the radar, a parent might not recognize it. But Landay had me hooked. While I imagined several endings, what the author conjured up was NOT one of the possibilities. The narrator, Gardner, was very good. I have to end this so I can look up other books he's read.
Audible is Awesome. Like to 'read' when I am driving. The Sooners will win big in 2015
This was a great read and it fit nicely in the headlines we see daily.
Give it a shot.
Storm Seal of Approval!
Defending Jacob best summer read this year.
I liked the unexpected twists and turns of the story, especially the end
Grover's performance was consistent for all the characters and very engaging
Part One moved to a crescendo so that Part II was totally addictive and had to listen every free minute.
Now THIS should be made into a movie! Clooney and Pitt need not apply....real people only...
I do hand painted piecework for a small lighting company. I love listening to books while I paint! It's wonderful to be "reading" again!
I don't normally listen to a book again, but this one would be a great candidate for a second listen. This book drew me in with interesting characters and a riviting story line.
The father. I could understand how a father could be in such denial about the behavior of his son.
Gardner has a straight forward approach to his performance that is believable and easy to listen to.
Maybe "haunted" would be a better description. I was drawn in to this story, and it has remained in the back of my mind since listening to it. This is story that stayed with me long after I finished.
Canadian girl in Kansas, love audible, books on kindle or kindle fire, and old fashioned books! I enjoy fiction most, mostly books with strong female leads. Favourite authors: Diana Gabaldon, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Wally Lamb, Pat Conroy, Andre Dubus III, Lisa Genova, many more!
It's one of the most disturbing, shocking, dark books I've listened to so far. That being said, it was a definitely nail biter.
I think my favourite character was the narrator 'Andy.' I loved his honesty, the way he felt about his wife and child. The way he loved his child so much. His protective instinct and loyalty was ultimately touching.
I loved it when Gardner would perform the teen characters. They were so true to life. Fourteen year old kids truly do act as he portrayed their voices and characters. The descriptions were very accurate, and as a mom of two teen boys I felt the same struggle the parents felt. Grover Gardner did well portraying all the characters, but I felt myself smiling when he did the voices of the kids. They were spot-on.
I would like to take Jacob out to dinner and just get a feel for him and see if I could get him to talk and say more than a few words to me.
This book is riveting. I highly recommend it for anyone who likes courtroom drama or deep suspense. Grisham better watch his back! ;)
Nobody I would like to know! I can't imagine anyone who would find any artistic or entertainment value in this book.
I'm not fond of unidimensional characters. The protagonist (lawyer) is emotionally blind, deaf and dumb. Stupid, too. Legal detail plays a 2 percent part of the book. Nobody, and I do mean nobody thinks, talks, or acts like these characters. It's so bad I was embarrassed to listen -- like watching a grade school play when the script was written by the class idiot.
Bond with a better author.
Yes, all of those, and more!
Sure. I'd like my money back!
Say something about yourself!
Good story, well told.
The male characters were clearly defined.
Yes, with pitch and accents he created distinction between the characters.
Good story, thought provoking and some great twists.
This could happen. A terrible murder of a young boy and a class mate is charged. The possibly guilty son's father is a lawyer, who is the town's defense attorney initially on the case until his son is charged with the murder. Interesting to learn the past of the alleged murderer.
I listened to this while I painted my kitchen and it kept me wanting to paint the rest of the house just to hear the next chapters.
We should talk about Kevin.
a good reading and a captivating story. The story kept moving...no fluff.
This story was absolutely gripping! I couldn't stop listening and totally loved it! I'd highly recommend it.
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