Thursday, April 11, 2013

Defending Jacob by William Landay

Defending Jacob by William Landay

Defending Jacob: A Novel is an amazing book.  When a teenage boy is murdered in a park, Andrew Barber as district attorney takes over the investigation.  However, when his own son is accused of the murder, he is forced to drop his prosecutor role and take over his greater roll of defending Jacob. 

That in itself would be an interesting mystery novel.  Teenage boy kills other teenage boy.  Evidence gathered, courtroom trial.  But this book goes so much further than that.  It makes you think.  What would you do if your child was charged with murder?  How would you deal with it?  Would you be blindly sure of his innocence?  Would you let small doubts creep in?  Would the family fall apart with the stress or become an "us against them" united group?

It is the story of what happens to this family.  How they cope.  What choices they make.  How it affects them, their lives, and what things will never be the same. 


Joanne said...

I've always wondered that about some of these mass murderers - what do their mothers think?

a quiet life said...

And the list keeps growing!

shabby girl said...

Interesting thoughts. Joanne, I always think about that too. What heartbreak for them.

Marjie said...

Family dynamics are always complex. The son of a prosecutor is accused? Fabulous.

Les said...

I listened to this on audio and thought it was fantastic. What an ending, huh?!