Mar 21, 2014

Defending Jacob by William Landay

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney for two decades. He is respected. Admired in the courtroom. Happy at home with the loves of his life, his wife, Laurie, and teenage son, Jacob.

Then Andy’s quiet suburb is stunned by a shocking crime: a young boy stabbed to death in a leafy park. And an even greater shock: The accused is Andy’s own son—shy, awkward, mysterious Jacob.

Andy believes in Jacob’s innocence. Any parent would. But the pressure mounts. Damning evidence. Doubt. A faltering marriage. The neighbors’ contempt. A murder trial that threatens to obliterate Andy’s family.

It is the ultimate test for any parent: How far would you go to protect your child? It is a test of devotion. A test of how well a parent can know a child. For Andy Barber, a man with an iron will and a dark secret, it is a test of guilt and innocence in the deepest sense.

How far would you go?

I borrowed the summary from Amazon. Andy Barber is someone you can empathize with and so is his wife Laurie. Their son Jacob isn't much of a talker. He's introvert and avoids a lot of serious topics. When one of his classmates has been murdered he soon is the prime suspect and a trial will follow. Still his father believes in his innocence. I wanted to believe in that as well, I hoped he didn't do it and I was hoping to find that evidence. Defending Jacob is such a gripping story, I couldn't put it down. I had to keep reading and I was curious about what would happen next all the time.
This is one of those books that makes you think about boundaries. Nothing's black or white in life and there's a lot of grey in between. This is something that could actually happen to a family which makes the story even more impressive. It's a fascinating, but nauseating topic which will haunt you long after you've finished the novel.

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