Monday, February 6, 2012

Book Review: Defending Jacob by William Landay

A suspenseful page-turner awaits you in Defending Jacob by William Landay.

Andrew Barber is an assistant district attorney in suburban Massachusetts when a shocking crime shatters his town. Andy is further blindsided when his fourteen-year-old son, Jacob, is charged with the murder of a classmate.

Andy continues to believe in his son's innocence despite the damning facts and shocking revelations. His marriage threatens to crumble as the trial intensifies, and a past Andy has worked hard to bury slowly resurfaces, jeopardizing his family's future.

If you are a character-driven reader, you'll be totally captivated by this novel. Defending Jacob by William Landay is intense. While you'll fly through it, turning page after page, unable to put it down, you will be emotionally drained once you're done. One family is torn apart by a murder charge no one could have imagined. As the reader dives deeper into the Barbers' lives she's not sure what to believe. Is Jacob guilty? Is he innocent? Labeled a family drama, a legal thriller and a psychological thriller, Defending Jacob grabs on and never lets go.

This story is told by former Assistant District Attorney Andrew Barber, who has been subpoenaed in April 2008 by his former colleague, Neal Logiudice. And as much as this story is about the Barbers, it is also about Logiudice: his blind ambition, his determination to succeed, and his desire to prove he's one better than his predecessor.

Defending Jacob is certain to add more awards to William Landay's resume. I highly recommend it.

Title: Defending Jacob
Author: William Landay
Publisher: Delacorte Press (January 31, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0385344228
ISBN-13: 978-0385344227
SRP: $26.00 (hardcover)
Also available in a Kindle edition!

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I received a free electronic copy from the publisher through NetGalley. The publisher paid me to promote this book through a virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book. That fee does not include a review. This review contains my honest opinions, for which I received no monetary compensation of any kind.

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