Friday, January 2, 2015

Defending Jacob Book Review

 Goodreads Synopsis:
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.

My take on Defending Jacob:
This was a book club pick, and definitely not something I would pick for myself, but I read and ended up liking the book.  I did not think some parts were completely well throughout, so I ended up only giving it 4 stars on Goodreads.  I liked the murder/mystery aspect of this one, it just seemed more and more far fetched as the book went along.  I am sure if this book were to be made into a movie it would do rather well, with the Gone Girl phenomenon going on right about now.  It gives that twisted plot just like Gillian Fly is able to do.  This is my favorite quote from the story here.
An emotion is a thought yes, and idea but it is also a sensation, an ache in your body.  Desire, love, hate, fear repulsion, you feel these things in your muscle and bones not just in your mind.  

Very moving indeed.  I liked how this book went through the different emotions of a family who is struck with tragedy.  How they dealt with this tragedy really made the the book what it is!

Find me on Goodreads:  Rachele Hirsch-Brooks

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