Defending Jacob by William Landay

defending jacobblurb from goodreads.com, please scroll down for my review.

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.

 This was one of the books that had loads and loads of positive reviews and loads of hype, unfortunately my review is probably not going as positive as most as I just didn´t find this a great book, although it is a good book, the writing is good, so please don´t get put off just yet, but there is something about it I didn´t enjoy, the style of writing, it is in first person, and it jumps back and forward and the parts of the trial where it was transcribed back to the reader. A little off putting, I did get used to it though.
You have got all the emotional sides to it also, for example, what would you do in the same situation, etc. This is something to think about.
The story itself is fine, a legal courtroom drama, the idea isn´t new and it gives a whole set of family values. But the ending is where it all comes together, I thought I had it, I thought I knw what was going to happen, but as I kept reading it turns out I didn´t, I actually wanted there to be more in the book as it does finish a little apruptly, but wow, I was surprised and it turned around the book for me. OK, it was a little long winded in places, could have been shorter, the parts before the trial I meam but if you can make it to the end, it will be worth it.

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