Rated of 5
by Alexandra S. (Chicago, IL)
Surprisingly Good Read!
I'm not normally a crime drama reader and because of that, I thought reading and reviewing Defending Jacob was a good way for me to step outside of my wheelhouse. I was convinced this was going to be a run of the mill thriller but I was pleasantly surprised to find it well written, smart and riveting.
Defending Jacob dances around the ideas of nature vs. nurture, making the reader question if it is possible to escape genetics.
Initially slow moving, the story is told though the eyes of Andy Barber, Assistant DA, son of a murderer and father of the accused. Told though a combination of court transcripts and Andy's voice, you learn the extent to which a parent would go to protect their child and how blinded we can be by love.
A fast and enjoyable read, Defending Jacob will make you question everything you thought you knew about the people you love.