Defending Jacob

by William Landay | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 044024613X Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingSqueakyChuwing of Rockville, Maryland USA on 2/28/2021
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Journal Entry 1 by wingSqueakyChuwing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Sunday, February 28, 2021
I selected this mass market paperback from the Rose Hill Falls Little Free Library in Rockville, Maryland, Thank you!


Journal Entry 2 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Sunday, February 28, 2021

I read another copy of this book in 2013. This is what I wrote about it after I read it....

I began this novel by listening to it on CD and was mesmerized by the narration performance of Grover Gardner who made an excellent Andy Barber, the assistant district attorney whose 14-year-old son Jacob was indicted for murder of a fellow student at McCormick Middle School. I totally identified with Andy's indignation and disbelief at the turn of events in this story. His anguish was palpable and believable.

While I was listening to this book, my husband had simultaneously been reading the hard copy. It was a race for both of us to finish, but I won simply because I found the novel so engaging that, by the time I had gotten to its midpoint, I literally could not put it down.

In addition, I could not believe how engrossed I became in the courtroom testimony as well as the questions of prosecuting attorney Neal Legiudice and defense attorney Jonathan Klein. That is so unlike me. As a parent, I totally felt what Andy Barber was feeling. Throughout most of this book, I really had no idea if Jacob was guilty or innocent. I did not guess the story's trajectory, another factor which made reading it fun. If more "legal thrillers" were as interesting as this novel, I might even become a fan of this genre one day.

My only tiniest criticism of this book is that it seemed as if it had four distinct endings. Let me explain. The crescendo of the story ended and the result of the court case was revealed. Ending one. Then another short story ensued. Ending two. Then there was a peaceful lull. Ending three. Then there was a crisis. Ending four. The last three endings seemed tacked on. I liked the first ending (which wasn't the ending at all) the best. I loved the experience of reading this story and look forward to reading other works by this new-to-me author.

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***The November 2021 E-less Challenge hosted by motherof11.

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Journal Entry 4 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Friday, December 10, 2021
I selected this book from the Little Free Library of Twinbrook (#7720) to travel elsewhere...

Released 2 wks ago (1/1/2022 UTC) at Little Free Library #69571 at Twinbrook Recreation Center in Rockville, Maryland USA

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I'm releasing this book for...

***The 2022 CLEAN START Release Challenge hosted by NancyNova. The book title contains the word JACOB.

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