Thursday, August 14, 2014
Defending Jacob, William Landay
Synopsis: Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney for two decades. He is respected. Admired in the courtroom. Happy at home with the loves of his life, his wife, Laurie, and teenage son, Jacob.
Then Andy’s quiet suburb is stunned by a shocking crime: a young boy stabbed to death in a leafy park. And an even greater shock: The accused is Andy’s own son—shy, awkward, mysterious Jacob.
Andy believes in Jacob’s innocence. Any parent would. But the pressure mounts. Damning evidence. Doubt. A faltering marriage. The neighbors’ contempt. A murder trial that threatens to obliterate Andy’s family.
It is the ultimate test for any parent: How far would you go to protect your child? It is a test of devotion. A test of how well a parent can know a child. For Andy Barber, a man with an iron will and a dark secret, it is a test of guilt and innocence in the deepest sense.
How far would you go?
Thoughts: I don't know what to say about this story. It nearly ripped my heart out several times, in several different ways. Not only that, but there were three times when the plot went somewhere I never expected it to go. The last chapter...oh my, the last chapter. I cried when I realized what happened. One of the most compelling stories of a family in crisis that I've read this year.