Defending Jacob by William Landay

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Read Defending Jacob Online Free - 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.

Title : Defending Jacob
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ISBN : 0385344228
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 421 pages


Lisa rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 03, 2013

Many things were a turn off for me in this legal thriller, like Andy Barber's propensity to hint at future developments as he narrates the past. To wit: "I think about that now, how I should have seen Laurie then, should have paid more attention...I was a fool...I know that now." These multiple v...

Jason rated it ★★★★☆

January 29, 2015

I’ve always had a weakness for these mystery/crime thrillers—you know, the dragon tattoos and angels & demons of the world? I suppose I should be a little embarrassed by this but I’m not. They are my peanut butter and fluff. Defending Jacob is some of the best fluff I’ve ever tasted. It is wri...

Jill rated it ★★★★★

July 31, 2012

It has been YEARS since a book has had a twist that I didn't see coming. Well played William Landay, I would never have imagined the ending of this book. I will definitely have a "book hangover" from this one. I can't start a new book because I can't get this one out of my head!

switterbug (Betsey) rated it ★★★★★

December 30, 2011

This is as much a nuanced family drama, love story, and social inquisition as it is a murder/courtroom/legal thriller. If you can get past a few contrived plot points (this is where readers will divide), and engage with the narrator, whose reliability or unreliability is a puzzle to piece togethe...

Sandra rated it ★☆☆☆☆

January 18, 2013

I'm annoyed. As I said in one of my updates, this is an odd book, a psychological thriller with little understanding of psychology. It's written in the first person from the father's point of view. He was very annoying with his stubborn blocking of the truth from himself to his unemotional narrat...

Trudi rated it ★★★★☆

December 08, 2012

I'm trying to put my finger on what makes Defending Jacob such a compulsive read. Landay clearly has a killer storytelling instinct. The pacing of this novel is near perfect. He drops just enough clues, teases with just enough foreshadowing to keep the reader completely engrossed at all times. I...

Matt rated it ★★★★☆

April 26, 2016

Some time ago, I was standing in CVS Pharmacy getting a prescription for my daughter’s 10,000th earache (10,000 being a rough approximation). While I waited for the amoxicillin to be filled, I wandered over to the magazine rack to do some browsing. I instantly noticed something. The magazine/book...

Dem rated it ★★★★★

July 15, 2017

Defending Jacob was a riveting and very enjoyable thriller one that will send chills up your spine. My second read of this novel as just as compelling and unsettling as the first A son accused of Murder and a family on trial. Andy Barbers job is to put killers behind bars and when a boy from his s...

Brenda rated it ★★★★★

February 18, 2017

I have had Defending Jacob on my TBR list for awhile and have been waiting for the right time to read it. This was the perfect time. I love when that happens. I found Defending Jacob to be an original, gripping, complex, and an interesting crime thriller as well as emotional and a thought provokin...

Mariah rated it ★★★★★

March 07, 2017

This book went through my newsfeed once, a really long time ago, and ever since then I have been wanting to read it. When I saw it at my library I snatched it up right away. This book did not disappoint! What the book was about: The book is told from the father's point of view, Andy Barber. He was...

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