Defending Jacob by William Landay

I’ve definitely been reading a lot more than watching television during the pandemic, but this caught my attention. I wanted to read the book before watching the show and see what I thought of it!

Thank you Penguin Random House for gifting me an ebook version in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than twenty years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

I think the real problem with this one for me was that I read it a few years too late. This book originally was published back in 2012. I’ve read so many books since then that are so similar to this one, I was just flat out bored. I keep all my reviews spoilers free, so this review is hard to write. I say that because the ending was just so predictable for me or anyone who reads crime thrillers that it was almost laughable. I really just rolled my eyes at it. I hate that I feel this way because I may have been shocked by the twist if I had read it when it first came out. Or maybe it really just is that predictable? The writing was okay, nothing extraordinary for me to write home about. This one, I guess, was just a hard pass for me.

2.5/5 Stars

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