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 plot is fascinating and compelling. Reading of the transcript is a bit awkward.
Discovery of who Jacob is.
The father's delimnas.
Probably wouldn't be movie material.
The is the story of a police detective whose son is charged with murder or a classmate. The father, of course, is convinced of his son's innocence and sets out to prove it. There are some unexpected turns in the story that I won't elaborate on to avoid spoiling the story for others.
I felt the story could have been written better, it's almost to "matter of fact" and the narrator was a bit monotone. I found it a bit dry and somber. There comes a point where you realize where the story is going but you aren't sure how it is going to get there.
All in all, Defending Jacob is OK, not great but OK. I would encourage the author to be more animated in future writings.
Didn't read the print version
I wouldn't compare it, very unique
He was excellent to listen to, made me feel like he really was the character of the story
The mother, we never really saw inside her thoughts and I would have liked to know how she got to where she did. I can guess but would love to hear her tell it
One of the best books I've read or listened to and the end was really surprising and unexpected
Yes I enjoyed it. Legal drama spiced up with family drama.
As good as a John Grisham novel
Nice easy listen
Riveting - do you really know your family
I will look for other stories by this author.
This was nothing, perhaps less than nothing. Very sorry to have spent money on this one.
Hopefully something better than this.
Perhaps some diversity within the storyline
Sorry not from my point of view.
Andy, Laura, narrated by Grover and the style of the writing I kept wondering if William Landay is actually David Rosenfelt. I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if I didn't love the Andy Carpenter series so much. I felt the only things missing in this book was some humor and Tara.
ADA Barber is co-defending his 14 year old son in a charge of murdering a classmate. Three generations of male Barber's carry the "murder gene". The family literally falls apart until a child molester is found hung with a confession to the murder. The families joy is short lived when a young girl disappears during a family vacation in Jamaica. A families guilt and heartache are palpable.
This is my granddaughter's picture! She is my love.
You continue to wonder if the murderer is Jacob. He is the perfect suspect and you understand why the police and everyone else believes he is guilty. But, for no other reason than experience and love, his father knows it couldn't have been Jacob. He loses his work, his friends, and his future, but he had no other choice, this was his son. This was a really good story to listen to and I really liked the narrator.
Wife, Mother, Mema, Sister
Boy, can't say to much without spoiling the story. This was really a good listen, and Grover Gardner was terrific as narrator. It's an odd story and even though you think it's predictable it isn't. Enjoy
Well written story and the main character is someone to like. Can't give too much of a review as the listener needs to follow the storyline and absorb the information as the author lays it out.
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