The verdict is in: BookBrowse readers think William Landay's Defending Jacob
is a hit - 23 out of 24 reviewers rated it 4 or 5 stars! Here's what they have to say:
Many readers enjoyed Landay's fresh writing style:
is much better than the typical thriller - there are no generic or stock story lines (Susan R). I was pleasantly surprised to find it well-written, smart, and riveting. Defending Jacob
touches on the idea of nurture vs. nature, making the reader question if it is possible to escape genetics (Alexandra S). Though it is not difficult to follow the plot or remember the characters... it is definitely not simple. Landay is very careful to ensure continuity in his story. The plot is unusually interesting... the story is clearly articulated and quite unique (Susan R).
And the majority of people found the...
Beyond the Book
The thrill of watching a trial unfold - the impassioned speeches, quick-witted lawyers, surprise witnesses, the piecing together of clues, not knowing if justice will prevail - it can all make for exciting, and in some cases legendary, storytelling. "Courtroom drama", a subgenre of "legal drama", is a term used to describe dramatic fiction in which legal litigation plays out with suspenseful and climactic courtroom scenes. In modern times, these scenes usually take place in what we recognize as legal courtrooms (hence the name), though in older texts the "courtrooms" might actually have looked like public forums or gatherings.
Though we often associate the genre with television (e.g. Perry Mason
or Law and Order
) or film (think of Jack Nicholson's "You can't...