How far would you be willing to go in order to defend someone you cared about?
In a nutshell, that’s the premise of William Landay’s novel, Defending Jacob. I saw this book, which was selected as a Target book club pick, when I was out running errands one day and bought it on a whim.
It sounded so fascinating. A father who’s a prosecutor. A son accused of a terrible crime. The fragile balance between the two and how it impacts a family unit.
These are the types of books that I really enjoy. It’s like a literary version of Law and Order, without the music gradually getting louder to key you in to a big moment.
Landay’s book, which was first released in 2012, was nominated for several awards, including the Barry Award for best novel and the Hammett Prize.
The average rating for this book on Goodreads is 3.95/5 stars. That’s pretty high for a book in this particular genre. It was also named to many 2012 book of the year lists.
This book sounds like one that will be separate parts intriguing, intellectual and emotional. I’m excited to read it soon.