Monday, May 6, 2013
Defending Jacob by William Landay
I love legal thrillers, especially if they have great courtroom drama, because I found the exchange could be so witty (though I hope I'd never have to set foot into a courtroom, unless I am just there as an audience out of curiosity, or as a juror).
I see this book on several bloggers' Top 10 list, so I just had to read it. It did not disappoint, though at over 400 pages, some parts just seemed a bit slow. (Nowadays, anything over 300 pages seem a bit long!)
The courtroom dialog was just okay in this book, but I liked how the story was told in two formats (first person and court excerpts), despite me not really liking any characters.
There was a good twist in the end, though it wasn't a WOW/mind-blowing/WTF twist like The Sixth Sense. It did, however, make me think what I'd do if I was Jacob's parents. Now that I have a child, a story like this takes on a different dimension. Suddenly these what-ifs become more real. Like, it could totally be a reality. Before, it could be someone else's problems. It is a scary thought, and I hope I never have to face these issues.
Note - The book was borrowed from the library.
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