Overall rating and opinion of Defending Jacob

Discuss the September 2015 book of the month Defending Jacob by William Landay
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I'm a little on the fence with this book. I love it but at the same time I kind of don't. The idea is great but I felt the urge to throttle Andy and Jacob at times. Not appropriate thoughts considering the nature of the book. To me, this book was more about how far a parent would go for their child (kind of like Taken) and trying to believe in the good of their child despite the piling evidence against them (...okay, not like Taken). It was an emotional rollercoaster for Andy and I really felt for him. As truths keep coming out, doubts appear and every time he tries to fight them away with the happy memories of Jacob which just causes him even more grief. It was a good book though and it really got me thinking all throughout.
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I'm still torn on whether or not I liked the book. I had a hard time buying into the wife character and parts really drug on. The writing drove me crazy, but I enjoyed trying to figure out if Ben was innocent or not. I finished it and I was glad I did, but I'm not sure I'd recommend it to others. I thought it was because I listened to it, but based off some other comments, maybe it wasn't the narrator.
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I loved this book! The writing was good, it kept me intrigued and the story was just amazing. I loved how the author doesn't spell everything out. He leaves a lot for us to decide how we want to interpret the story. I read this book in one day because the suspense of not knowing if the boy really was guilty drove me crazy, in a good way. The plot twist in the very end was so unsuspected for me. There was not one boring moment in the whole book. I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
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3 out of 4. I really did like this book! I thought the story went at a good pace, and I agree there wasn't really a truly boring part in the book. The characters were insanely frustrating at times! Andy's refusal to believe Jacob was guilty throughout the whole book made me want to yell at him to open his eyes, and he seemed juvenile, with all of his nicknames for people and judgemental thoughts. Laurie grew on me as she started to realize her son wasn't the perfect little angel she thought he was.

Of all the twists and turns near the end, the one that got me the most was the last one! The thing with Patz shocked me at first but then I quickly realized it was too neat and perfect and something was up. I liked how the ongoing dialogue between Logiudice and Andy seemed to turn from one case to the next, ending with that big twist.
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Post by ceg-reynolds »

I thought this was a really good book. It got into so many topics that could be discussed such as parenting and genetic disposition. A great one for a book club! I would definitely recommend this book.
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I decided to start reading the book because I thought that the cover was a unique view of something
seen everyday- someone sitting on a park bench. The story kept my attention by presenting how a
usually placid town reacts when a tragic event happens to someone they know. I would rate the book
3 out of 4 stars because the story is compelling. I read the book, so I would recommend it to readers
who like to read mysteries, crime drama or possibly juvenile fiction.
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Post by Fuzee4 »

First things first, the plot was really good. The book was well thought-out, a well written piece.
But the characters weren't as much developed as I'd have wanted them to be. For instance, I've no idea if Ben's really guilty or not, though I think he's on the negative side. And then Laurie's reaction to Andy's family history was quite unexpected considering how Andy described her as his soulmate. Andy was the only character whom we get a real idea about, but I think mostly the author leaves it out to the readers to decide what character is which way and not.
All said, I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves suspense thrillers or anyone willing to try them! :D
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Post by atonykamau »

I thought the book was really interesting and it was also a refreshing change of pace. I normally read fiction books and so I didn't think a book like this would be interesting but I was wrong. I also found the book to be educational.
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Post by MVsummer »

Incredible read. Every parent can put themselves in Jacobs parents situation, what to do, what to do?????? So many emotions, a struggle.
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