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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

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

BONUS: This edition contains excerpts from William Landay's Mission Flats and The Strangler and a Defending Jacob discussion guide.

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Defending Jacob
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4 / 5
Great writing
April 15th, 2015
The book is an excellent read. The writing is impeccable. I felt like I was part of the legal team, learned a lot about the court system. I was however disappointed with how it ended. But overall a good book. Will read more from this author.
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Defending Jacob
December 30th, 2014
Having to defend your son against murder is as good as it gets for any parent. The story line took many twists and turns and kept me guessing what would happen next. A real page turner. I would wake in middle of the night and keep reading!
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Interesting but a bit dull and slow.
September 28th, 2014
Interesting story but the pace is slow, half way through i felt bored already. Ending was ok. Not as good as i expected from reading the reference.
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August 22nd, 2014
This story just doesn't seem to go anywhere fast enough for me. I kept waiting for something BIG to happen but it didn't. I think it would have been far better had the story been told from all three perspectives rather than just the father. I laugh at the cover saying there is a gripping ending. Not so much for me.
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Defending Jacob
March 4th, 2014
Great book. Couldn't put it down. If you don't like bad endings, more a book for you, though. The ending was disappointing to me.
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Defending Jacob
December 17th, 2013
Awesome read......couldn't put it down
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Defending Jacob
November 23rd, 2013
How far will a parent go to defend his/her child? Good read, leaving with many questions answered.
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Defending Jacob
August 7th, 2013
Very good! Never expected the ending!!
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Defending Jacob
May 25th, 2013
I thought that the book was OK but in the court room to much description Got board reading Could have used a little more action
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Pretty good
April 25th, 2013
I liked this book but sometimes it was a struggle to get through. Crazy ending!
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