Friday, May 4, 2012
Defending Jacob, by William Landay is an excellent murder mystery set within the struggles of a family. Andy is an assistant district attorney in Boston. He’s called to investigate the murder of a 14-year-old boy. Life changes overnight when he’s pulled off the case because his own son Jacob is a suspect. The book shows the struggles within the family and their sudden isolation from friends and normal life. Andy and his family have to deal with the possible “murder gene” as his own father is a convicted murderer. Laurie, his wife, finds this out for the first time. The story covers the investigation and the courtroom scenes. It covers secrets and foolish actions on their parts. What would you do to defend your child? Almost anything, I’m sure. It’s a bit drawn out but it leads to an ending that is a total surprise. A shocker, you might say. I enjoyed the book and had a hard time putting it down. Read Landay’s Defending Jacob.