Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Defending Jacob by William Landay

Blurb from Amazon:
When a young boy is found brutally murdered in the woods in a peaceful New England town, his body hastily covered with leaves, the community is shaken to its core. No one more so than Andy Barber a well-respected assistant district attorney whose fourteen-year-old son, Jacob, went to school with the boy. Sure, Jacob is a typical moody teenager, hiding in his room with his headphones and his laptop, but Andy loves him more than anything in this world--and would do anything to protect him.

While Andy's wife, Laurie, struggles with the possibility that there is a killer on the loose and that their son could be next, Andy's determined to find the culprit and bring him to justice. He immerses himself in maelstrom of angry parents demanding answers, police hell bent on making an arrest, and the complicated lives of teenagers, with their own secrets, and reasons for keeping them.

When, in a stunning turn of events, Jacob is arrested for the crime, both Andy and Laurie are stalwart in their defenses of their son: there's no way their child could've committed this terrible act. As more shocking facts are reveled and lies uncovered, Andy is pushed to the edge and his twenty-year marriage tested. Beautiful Laura, his college sweetheart and love of his life begins to fade right in front of his eyes, crumbling under pressure of the trial, the public accusations, and the weight of her own doubts --in her son and her husband.  When the truths abut Andy's past comes to surface, he must chose between the life he thought he left behind and the father he wants to be.

My review:

I found this book by accident really.  I was playing on Goodreads and it said if you like the book "We Need to Talk about Kevin" which I did, then they recommend this one.   To be honest, the book started slow, and it took me a few chapters to get into the story.  Oh lord, when the story picked up I couldn't put the book down.  This was on a Sunday afternoon and it was so good I postponed watching The Great British Bake-Off and Downton Abbey just so I could figure out the ending.  I never figured out the ending.  The book has so many twists and turns that my mouth was hanging open the last few chapters!  I was literally speechless!!    The ending shocked the Hades out of me!
I highly recommend this book!!!!!!  I cannot stress this enough!!


cucki said...

Sound so lovely
Thank you dear x

Berly said...

This book sounds amazing!! It's going on my to read list. Thanks!

Faith... said...

I started reading this too but as you say it was a little slow so I put it down. I will now go back and put it in the to-be-read pile.

Faery Tales looks amazing!

Laura said...

I loved this book!