NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Entertainment Weekly * The Boston Globe * Kansas City Star "A legal thriller that's comparable to classics such as Scott Turow's Presumed Innocent . . . Tragic and shocking, Defending Jacob is sure to generate buzz."--Associated Press NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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? Praise for Defending Jacob "Ingenious . . . Nothing is predictable. All bets are off."--The New York Times "Stunning . . . a novel that comes to you out of the blue and manages to keep you reading feverishly until the whole thing is completed."--The Huffington Post "Gripping, emotional murder saga . . . The shocking ending will have readers pulling up their bedcovers to ward off the haunting chill."--People "The hype is justified. . . . Exceptionally serious, suspenseful, engrossing."--The Washington Post "Even with unexpected twists and turns, the two narratives interlock like the teeth of a zipper, building to a tough and unflinching finale. This novel has major motion picture written all over it."--The Boston Globe "Yes, this book came out in January. No, we are not done talking about it."--Entertainment Weekly
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"The storytelling is absolutely flawless. All the little bits of important foreshadowing and how the two timelines trick you. It’s all amazing. The story never slows down, and I love the amount of plot twists put in the last chapter or two of the book. Amazing read that will leave you not wanting to put the book down. Highly recommend!! "
"Ok, this was a really good book but.... it was so creepy for me. At the time, my son’s best friend was Jacob, his mom was Lori and my son is Benjamin (the victim)! I still can’t believe I made it to the end! Watching the show now and being separated from these people for years, I’m able to appreciate it more! :)"
"Couldn't put this one down it kept me on edge the entire way though!"