Defending Jacob

Defending Jacob

by William Landay
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Defending Jacob 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2775 reviews.
justmel71 More than 1 year ago
This book grabs you from the first page! It's heart racing, strong filled with emotions and you feel like your the parents! It really puts you in perspective of what it would be like if this was your child. I couldn't put the book down! It takes you right into the story and you can feel every turn, every emotion, everything that the author is writing!!
Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
William Landay knocked my socks off with this thriller that grabbed me from the first page and didn't let go until the last sentence. The book shows how the judgment of the most professional people can be skewed when they get emotionally involved in their work with a relative. Andrew Barber is an Assistant District Attorney called upon to open an investigation into the murder of a teen. Andrew decides to take it on himself and doesn't get swayed by the fact that the victim was a student in the same school as Andrew's teen son. When some troubling things seem to give clues pointing to his son (Jacob), Andrew brushes them away. Even when his son becomes the prime suspect, Andrew chooses to look towards another suspect. Andrew's actions will later come into question and he will have to defend what he did to the man who was eager to take his job. Andrew must also confront his "hidden" past and the author brings into play the theory of a "murder gene" where the tendency to be violent is passed down from father to son through the genes. A pure "tour de force." Should not be missed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have read in years. I found myself bouncing back and forth with, "he did it! No he couldn't have done it! Oh my God, maybe he did do it!" Even with all the evidence piling up, and the psychological profile against his son, Andy had me seeing through his blind eyes right up until the very end. And then I STILL found myself wanting to give his son the benefit of doubt! After I finished the book, I was still so engrossed in the story that I felt compelled to explain the whole darn thing to my husband! I read alot and have NEVER described in detail any book to my husband. I couldn't seem to get the story out of my head. That's how good this book is. It will draw you in and take your breath away. The ending...oh my God, the ending. You won't see it coming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure I can write a review to do Landay's book justice, but I will try. He has woven together the very best of a legal/courtroom thriller and a story of family/parental devotion told through a character's voice (a DA, who is also a father) that is as compelling as it is genius. This book rivals the best of Grisham, Turow, Connolly - and may even surpass them. It is an absolute MUST READ.
myreadS More than 1 year ago
A child is murdered on his way to school. ADA Andy Barber decides to keep the case, seeing no conflict based on the fact his son, Jake, is another 8th grader at the same school. Until Jake is charged with murder. How well does anyone know their child? When students are finally interviewed concerning the murder, Andy discovers maybe he doesn't know his son as well as he'd thought. After being removed from the case, Andy sets out to prove his son innocent. Having spent years in the DA's office, he knows all too well the 'tricks of the trade', that guilty/innocent doesn't matter as much as the conviction rate. Does he have to prove this to his wife Laurie too? Defending Jacob will keep you reading, turning page after page as evidence is gathered. You'll feel the ostracism from the community. And you'll probably be able to understand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Captivating from the very beginning! Great read for book groups, plenty of discussion possible!
Little_puma More than 1 year ago
While no book could ever rival the famous legal classic (and deservedly so), William Landay has managed to weave the righteousness, morality, and character of Atticus Finch with the foibles of a powerful and sometimes weak man. Andrew Barber's commitment to his job as prosecutor and father are diametrically opposed in this page turner. The character development, normally a tedious process of childhood traumas and shadowy, evil characters of a long ago past, is set as a vague background, alluding to what Andy strives to overcome an eventually must face. Told through the viewpoint of only Andy, he splinters in polar directions, as a prosecutor, a father, husband, and community member. The story is always the main character of the book. It will keep you guessing until the very last page, a shocker and well worth the wait.
bobwoo More than 1 year ago
A good story line and well written. For me it was an enjoyable book and I would recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely worth reading - keeps you guessing.
readingismythingMN More than 1 year ago
this book was one of the very best novels I have read in a long long time. The book is a legal drama but it is much more than that. It is a story of what it means to be a parent.. what you will or will not accept from your own child. The ending was Totally Awesome.. I did not expect it.. Alfred Hitchcock could not have written it better!!!
TaylorPTP More than 1 year ago
Stomach-clenching, this book puts you right in there feeling the pain and angst of a parent, loving your child more than anything and faced with horrible decisions, facts coming at you from every direction that break your heart. This is a legal thriller, shocking and emotionally draining, about a murder trial with heartbreaking details that lead to so many twists in the storyline. What would we do if our son was implicated as the prime suspect of a murder case? The writing is superb! The conversations are so real, so filled with love, compassion but also doubt, and misery. This will leave you emotionally drained. It couldn’t have been written better!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
keep you guessing. The ending was a surprise, too. Being familiar with the functions and operations of a DA's office, I found this story very captivating. I think lawyers - prosecutors and defense lawyers - would enjoy this read as well as those of us who just enjoy a good suspense novel. Good job, William Landay.
b4iwascrzy More than 1 year ago
Although I know that William Landay is anything but a "new" writer, he is new to me, and he is WONDERFULLY TALENTED. I was drawn in by the first page. Mr. Landay weaves his story so tightly that before you know it you are captive in his web. More later when I'm done! I am SO glad that I won this book, I can't even tell you how exciting it is to add a "new" author to my shelves - Harlan Coben is one of my favorites, and Landay writes as well as "seasoned" Coben (let's face it, Coben has GROWN to be a "master" writer, he wasn't one with his first books, he was only good). Anyway, more later![author:William Landay|218843] I cannot praise this book enough, it's everything, intriguing, thought-provoking, and plausible. I'm so thrilled that I've recently seen this book highlighted on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other sites. He's climbing the charts like a fast train, and I recommend you take a ride. I was so impressed that I got copies for everyone in my sister's book club. All I ask is that Landay keep writing; I promise, I'll keep buying!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly an engossing read. Fantastic book from beginning to end. Worth every penny, I promise you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For me, this book moved slow at the beginning. Once you get into it, it seems pretty good. The ending was very frustrating. It left way to much for the readers imagination, as to what really happened. Leaving some things for the readers imagination is a good thing, but, to me, there was way too much missing for me to want to recommend this book to anyone. D.P.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not but this book down towards the end! Just when u think the book is over you are in for a surprise. I thought it was just dragging on till one little line hits you and then the twists keep coming. Wonderfully written and enoyable to read.
PamT2u More than 1 year ago
I just finished the book and honestly it was too long. The reviews are great but the book kept losing my interest. Some things just don't need to be dragged out. The ending is unexpected and it is a good twist that probably could have been given more storyline. In all, this is my first book by the author and I don't know that I'd be inclined to read anything else by him. The book is not bad, it just isn't great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It did not end the way I expected, so that was good, but it does seem a little drawn out a few times. Overall a good read & I would recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am only about half way through this book and can hardly put it down, definitely recommend this book. A+++++
LHedgpeth More than 1 year ago
William Landay's Defending Jacob is one of those books that will slowly and methodically invade your mind, your thoughts and, yes, your fears. As a parent, this book scared the hell out of me. The primary question generated from this intense and powerful work is how well do we really know someone? While it's a conundrum faced by many characters, the character of Andy Barber is a novel one (no pun intended) because Andy looks at the situation as not only a father but as a prosecutor whose mind examines evidence legally and scientifically. Andy's inner turmoil radiates off each and every page, evidenced by his crumbling marriage to Laurie, his strained relationship with his son Jacob and a forceful reexamining of his own upbringing. These scenes, those with Andy's agitation, grief and shame over what his son has been accused of, are so incredibly powerful they are unnerving to read. I felt nervous and agitated, as if I was peeking in on a family situation that I had no right to view, and yet I couldn't put the book down. As much as I was frustrated with Andy, convinced that he was refusing to see what may or may not have been in front of him, I sympathized with him. I sympathized with his predicament, being ostracized by his neighbors and community, his profession. Equally, my heart broke for Laurie, who desperately wanted to believe in her son but also wanted to connect with Andy, and wanted her family to heal and return to the happy and safe place they had been in previously. I felt as though I was standing by her side as her marriage and headstrong joy for living slipped away, and as the trial started. The scenes dealing with the trial were fascinating to read. There was a bit of legal terminology and procedure but the average reader should have no difficulty in following and absorbing the drama. Defending Jacob threw a few curveballs at me during the course of the book and the ending was a surprise, to say the least. It certainly stuck with me after I had closed the book and while writing this review, I feel the same uneasiness and borderline panic I felt while immersed in the story. Defending Jacob was a compelling and thought provoking book that is a combination legal thriller, mystery and family drama. The writing is near flawless and author William Landay tells this story with a simple poignancy that packs an incredibly powerful punch. Portions of the book are akin to the eye of a hurricane, the calm before the coming storm and what a storm it is. I would not hesitate to wholly and unconditionally recommend Defending Jacob. It is a read that is well worth every moment spent with Andy "defending Jacob". Job well done, Mr. Landay. I anxiously await your next work. ©Psychotic State Book Reviews, 2012
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AN EXCELLENT READ TO TAKE ALONG ON A LONG TRIP OR WHEN WHEN IN-FLIGHT ANDWI-I RESTRICTED!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the premise is compelling I was expecting more tension on the page. Characters lack depth and the ending felt forced. A good book. Not a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very emotional book. Drags in some places. Personally didnt care for it but was picked by my bookclub.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mmmm....maybe not such a good pick. The author forces the reader to keep reading out of curiosity (the only reason I give 2 stars), but it was snail slow and very disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanted to like this book ... the customer reviews were so positive ... actually, reading the reviews was better than reading the book!