Previous to this, I had not read anything by William Landay. But I picked up his latest book, Defending Jacob, and I do believe my jaw is STILL wide open - even finishing a week ago! This book was not my typical read - I tend to not go to trial/lawyer stuff - it usually gets too deep into law for me. But this one was a riveting read - kept me going right from the start! It is the story of Jacob, a 14 year old boy, charged with murder of a school mate - BUT Jacob is also the son of Andy Barber, the assistant district attorney for more than 20 years. There are twists all throughout this novel - and you really get involved as you can relate to the narrator, Andy, as he battles the doubt, fear, and worries that any parent would encounter going through a court case like this. I truly enjoyed this novel - it was tough but real. What leaves my jaw sagging is the ending - NO SPOILERS HERE - but if you read it - please leave a comment - I mean really, that's the end!?!?!? I demand a sequel!!!
Pick it up - it is well worth the read! It is a murder/thriller that is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat!