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defending jacob

June 4, 2013

defendingSometimes you head to book club and you talk about the book for about … 15 minutes. Well, if you read Defending Jacob” by William Landay- I think your discussion may take longer. I read this book over 3 days and to be honest- it’s unsettling, but it sure makes you think!!  Let me know if you read it- would love to talk about it.  It definitely will stay with me.

 Here is the write-up on Amazon: 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.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Sandy Haggart permalink
    June 4, 2013 6:11 pm

    My book club read this and discussed it for the entire evening–often about the significance of things missed or didn’t pick up on, etc. Then at next month’s book club meeting we started to discuss it again! It is definitely thought-provoking!

  2. Jill permalink
    June 4, 2013 7:35 pm

    I am DESPERATE for a good book right now. Thanks for the suggestion CM!! love you!

  3. Staci Clark permalink
    June 4, 2013 8:00 pm

    This is a great read that is disturbing and extremely thought provoking! I found myself really putting myself in the parents shoes and wondering what I would do……

  4. Madelyn permalink
    August 17, 2013 9:19 am

    Loved this book. Couldn’t put it down. Thanks for the suggestions.

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