Defending Jacob

Defending Jacob Book Cover Defending Jacob
William Landay
Fiction
Delacorte Press
2012-01
421

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.

Andrew Barber’s 14 year old son has just become the prime suspect for murder.  As a district attorney, Andrew must grapple with career, family, and small town ramifications of the accusation, while struggling with his own concerns over his son’s innocence.  The victim’s family lives in the same town and secrets that Andrew would rather have kept hidden about his own past weed there way into the court room.

My Verdict:  This is a page turner.  Some twists and turns are expected, but the ending still managed to surprise me.  I highly recommend this book for individuals who enjoy thrillers and suspense without gory or horror like elements.

MNO Book Club Verdict:  This was one of our favorites for the 2014 calendar year.  Discussion questions included with the eBook version of this book purchased on Amazon led to interesting conversation.  Because there are some many surprising elements and psychological ramifications for the characters actions, there was a fair amount to discuss.  The author interview included at the end of the eBook was also particularly good, especially for encouraging aspiring authors.


 

From the Publisher:

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than twenty 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 fourteen-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, 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.