William Landay’s Christian Thriller/Suspense, DEFENDING JACOB is not the type of book I would usually choose to read, but I am so glad I did!

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?

What seems like yet another legal thriller surrounding the murder of a young boy in a small upscale town it takes some serious twists that I did not see coming, right up to the very last page.  It is a legal thriller that is destined to be a classic in my opinion.  Written in the narrative of Jacob’s father, Andy Barber, an assistant district attorney, it is so much more than a crime drama.  What makes it such a compelling story is that it is so relevant to so much that makes headlines in the real world today.  Bullying in school and cyberspace, a parent’s responsibility when it comes to their children and the convolution and tenuousness of our justice system are all brought into question.  But at the center of this tragedy is the question of how difficult it would be for a parent to believe that their son might be able to actually commit a crime so horrible and how far a parent is willing to go to protect their own.

“Ingenious . . . Nothing is predictable. All bets are off.”—The New York Times

DEFENDING JACOB has received high praise from The New York Times, People Magazine, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, Entertainment Weekly and was also named one of the best books of 2012 by Entertainment Weekly, The Boston Globe and Kansas City Star.

Take a chance like I did and give this fantastic read a try!

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About the Reviewer

Sue Dever
Susan, a History major, minoring in English in school, has always found reading to be one of her most favorite things to do. Curling up on the couch with her two labradoodles on either side of her with a good book is her ideal day. That is when she is not being a mother, grandmother, Vice President of the Board of Directors for her local Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center. She is a retired Administrator with the Department of the Navy. Her administrative skills have been put to the test these past few years as she has juggled some very personnel issues, the death of her beloved husband and best friend; the cold case investigation and subsequent murder trial of her step daughter who went missing in 1996, all the while playing a major role in helping a struggling organization get back on the right track so that it can assist victims of rape and domestic violence in her community. Through the dark days her faith sustains her and left her stronger, knowing God is not finished with her yet.