Jacob is a typical, somewhat difficult teenager, according to his father, but when a classmate of Jacob’s is found dead, Andy Barber is forced to take a closer look at his son’s behaviour and determine if he could be housing a killer.
William Landay’s suspense novel is told through the perspective of Andy Barber, a prosecutor, familiar with legal proceedings, now thrust into the defense side of things on behalf of his son.
Defending Jacob is a clever examination of family dynamics and how the past has a way of clouding the present. I listened to the audio version of the book, read by Grover Gardiner, and found myself wondering at many intervals how I might react in the same situation. The tension is palpable and the story unfolds in such a way as to keep the reader’s interest.
Defending Jacob is reminiscent of We Need To Talk About Kevin, by Lionel Shriver, another psychological thriller which examines the question of nature or nurture.