UPDATE: DEFENDING JACOB by William Landay may be made into a movie via Warner Brothers! http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118053994?refCatId=13 Read it NOW before the movie! Movies can never live up to the book, so get your copy NOW! You can do so by clicking on the link at the end of this review!
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
5-Stars, by far, and more!
I absolutely LOVED this book! LOVED it! Wow! If there is only 'one' book you read this entire year, let it be this book, "Defending Jacob", by William Landay. Wow!
You start this book with the 'Wow' factor, and you end this book with the "Wow" factor. The emotional roller coaster ride you will take with this family is just that, up, down and all around.
You cannot help but to become absorbed into these characters and feel what these chafacters do as they go through the legal system, and the quiet time at home, and all the other feelings that come along with an accusation such as this, that your own child, your son, has killed another child because of bullying. The realization that your own child could be a murderer, even though he claims he is innocent. You still find yourself wondering if your child is telling you the truth or not.
Andy and Laurie's relationship is stretched to the core as this family goes through all of this together. A nightmare they never would have given a thought to ever happening. A murder. Their own son, Jacob, 14 years old, is accused of the worst thing that a person could ever do to another human being. To actually 'kill' another person. To end a life. To murder someone. How could this have happened?
So Jacob is accused of murdering a fellow student due to a case of bullying. This does happen to be a huge problem between our kids today that does not seem to be stopping. However, murder is not the answer to stopping it.
Imagine being a parent to a 14 year old son like the character in this book is. What would you do if this were you? I could really relate to this story. When I read what this book was about, just the fact of envisioning my own son who also happens to be 14, of him killing another human being of his age is not imaginable, yet it has truly happened in this instance. I could NOT fathom it, it would be devastating. 'Why' would something like this ever happen?