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 suppose I could go back and count the times that hated word was used in this book, but, I don't want to, please don't make me! So I'm going to be a bit sloppy and simply guess that between the two worst offending chapters it's usage totaled maybe 30 times. I mean, REALLY?
Yet, I loved this book! Great narrater (so natural), great sound quality, great editing, terrific direction. The author nailed the characters, especially the teens ( mother of four here)! Very glad I knew nothing of the story line that could ruin the middle and end for me - resist the urge to sneak a peek or read a spoiler.
The story is told through the eyes of one of the family members: a realistic, understandable, complicated (though seemingly simple) clueless and endearing character. I enjoy the way the story is revealed, it keeps you intrigued in a very well crafted, tidy way. Nothing sloppy, lazy, stupid or redundant about this writing style (ok , ok except the multiple F Bombs), not over stylized or over polished or stilted either.
I actually care about the main character in such a way that when it ended , I found my imagination curious about his welfare and couldn't help wondering what he is doing now. I believe there could be a sequel based simply on the fact that after getting attached to a character like this I hate to see him drift off into the ether- what a waste of "life" that is. Mr. Landay, can you bring him back? Pretty please?
I am trying to not spill the beans so I will stop here. LISTEN TO THIS BOOK!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it highly. Something about the character development and writing style reminded me a little of some of Jodi Picoult's work. The characters were developed so honestly that most parents can relate to the feelings of the Jacob's parents.
I would recommend reading it 'blind'. In other words, the less you read about it and know about it ahead of time, the more enjoyable you will find it. I read it completely blind so was surprised by the twists and turns it takes. Great book, great performance. Solid hit!
Defending Jacob is one of the books I will recommend to others. It was a compelling and unusual story.
The unexpected plot twists kept my interest and even though foreshadowing kept me thinking ahead, I was still not entirely prepared for the ending. That ending, and a few other places in the book, required a full suspension of my reality filter. Even though some parts lacked believability, it was still a great tale.
He is always entertaining, and has just enough variety in his characters to make them believably distinct.
THe dad -- because I could relate to him.
Worth your time to read this one!
It was a good book for what it was - sort of suspense trying to be literary I think. The best part of the writing was that the author did a really good job with the unreliable narrator and I'd definitely keep that. The thing I didn't like was that it was a bit predictable. I pretty much knew how it was going to end about halfway through the book - not the specific details, but the basics of it. I'm not sure how that could be fixed, but it was a flaw in my opinion.
Predictable. I knew it was coming.
The scene when Jacob's father is talking to the girl in his school and she says something about how he must be a good father. I thought it was a moving moment and the layers and bit of irony were well done.
Kept me on the elliptical trainer a few extra minutes to get to the end of a chapter.
This was recommended by a friend and I loved it. The book had a great storyline, the ending was not what I expected at all. I could not put this down, and had to keep listening until I finished it.
No. It's just not my style. I never re-read or re-listen to a book.
I enjoyed the science and psychology. Obviously, I haven't kept up with it because I had never heard of the gene they were referring to, so I looked it up. Very interesting.
Absolutely wonderful! I have since listened to Mr. Gardner read and he has become my favorite reader!
For the Love of Our Children
I must say that the end of this book caught me off guard, I never suspected for a moment. It brought tears to my eyes. This book was wonderful and I think it would make a spectacular movie!
No. The narrator was annoying. Sounded like a much older New Yorker rather than middle aged Bostonian. The story was drawn out. It was hard to believe the father's inability to question his son. His denial of other aspects of his own life were also difficult to believe and undermined the story.
This book was both wonderful and horrible. The story was well written, it is the story that leaves you feeling horrible. Great book!
Defending Jacob ranks high on my list right along with Jodi Picoult's novels.
Blood spatter on Jacob't swim trunks.
Most probably it would be Andrew. For a D.A., he is very unassuming and loyal to a fault.
I highly recommend this novel.
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end...great narration and I like that you are not really sure where the author is going as the tale unfolds. Will recommend to friends.
All of them are memorable
I like his pacing and feeling
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