Defending Jacob by William Landay (Review)

Defending Jacob by William Landay

Defending JacobFormat: Paperback

Source: Owned Book

Publisher: Orion

Genres: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Crime

Publication Date: 1st February 2013

Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):

“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.”

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My Thoughts & Review

Finally got around to reading this book. I picked it out of my jar for the TBR Jar Challenge last year but never got around to reading it so this year I knew I had to pick it up.

Defending Jacob follows Jacob a 14 year old boy who has been accused of murdering a boy in his class in the park on the way to school. The story is told through Andy Barber, Jacob’s father who has stood down from DA job to focus on proving that his son is innocent, but as we read on we learn that Jacob isn’t your normal teenager and you wonder if his really innocent.

The plot may not be originally but it was still interesting enough to keep me turning pages. The best part of the book for me was when the trial started, I really liked the court room drama/scenes, this is where the story got going and where I couldn’t stop reading/listening to the book. Landay did a great job here and is one of the main reasons for my final rating.

The pacing of the book felt a little off at times and because of this I swapped from reading the book physically to listening to the audiobook. Also, I was a little disappointed with the ending it, it didn’t really conclude anything properly.

While reading this book I had some real mixed feelings about the characters. I didn’t really like them. They felt flat and one dimensional. I couldn’t really sympathise with any of them. At first I felt sorry for Jacob and thought may have been innocent but then as the story progressed I don’t know I just started to lose interest and didn’t really care what happened to him.

Overall an ok-ish read for me but once again I’m just glad to have gotten through another book that’s been on my TBR shelf forever.

My Rating


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