Defending Jacob by William Landay
Narrator: Grover Gardner
Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
Date Read: April 2013
Genre: Legal Thriller, Thriller
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.
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc., Delacorte Press
Listened for Bookclub (Audible/DFWTea)
Defending Jacob by William Landay
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 4.00 (Not part of the overall rating)
First Thought When Finished: I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING AT ALL! Sure I saw part of it but holy whiplash at the end.
Speed Date Review
First Date: I admit at first I wasn’t pulled into this story. It took awhile to grab me. The pacing was a little slow but then BAM!
Second Date: I was almost sure I knew who had committed the crime but I wasn’t sure how it was going to play out. There was a few times that I questioned my thoughts on who did it. I love when thrillers do that to me!
Third Date: I was right about who did it but wow did not see the end coming at all. I mean there was a twist and there was a TWIST! It was fantastically chilling. I seriously had to listen to it twice just so that I could make sure I heard it right! I did and WOW!
Narrated by Grover Gardner /Running Time 12 hrs and 25 mins
Grover Gardner was a really great choice for this audiobook. He had just enough gruff in his voice to pull off the tone and I think it enhanced the story. His pacing was great and his female voices weren’t to bad. Overall, I am glad I chose to listen to this one on audio!
Relationship Status: We had a great run! I will be checking out William Landay in the future.
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