Friday, July 12, 2013

Book Club Friday-- Defending Jacob.

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.

My Thoughts:  I got a little frustrated reading this book.  It first started out almost exactly like Presumed Innocent-- similar characters, plot, etc.  So strange.  But it eventually became its own book.  I did like how the book kept me thinking and questioning.  There were some really great twists in this book that were surprising.  But I did see the ending coming because it was foreshadowed throughout the book.  I wish he hadn't put so many hints in throughout the story so that it wouldn't been a huge surprise.  But, that's the author's prerogative.  All in all, I thought it was good, not great.  If you like legal thrillers, then you'll probably like this one too.


  1. I heard some good things about this book. I tend not to read a ton of legal books, but everything I've read about it, definitely has me intrigued.

  2. I might have to check this one out!