I rarely read crime fiction, sticking mostly to SFF, romance, and YA, but once in a while a book from this genre will catch my eye. This one did.
Defending Jacob is about a district attorney who takes on the disturbing case of a murdered 14-year-old kid who happens to attend his son’s school. But just as he’s pursuing a few leads, the case is yanked away from him and given to another prosecutor, and his own son is charged with the crime. Then he finds himself working for the other side, assisting his son’s defense attorney as he opposes the prosecutor, his co-worker, in the case, and tries to figure out what really happened.
This book appealed to me for several reasons. One, reviewers were absolutely raving about it. Two, I love courtroom drama. And three, it’s about the complexities and, sometimes, the heartbreak of parenting a teenager.
It’s also about the imperfections of the justice system. The father is absolutely convinced of his son’s innocence, yet not at all convinced that the jury will agree with him. Anyone who has ever served on a jury will be sympathetic.
I thought I knew where this book was going, but I was wrong–not just once, but multiple times. This book takes many unexpected twists and turns, so be prepared for a wild ride.
This book seems to have really taken off. It was only released in January, and it’s got over 200 reviews on Amazon already.