Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Review: Defending Jacob by William Landay

5 stars for Defending Jacob by William Landay.

The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. Likewise, the absence of evidence can also be precisely that: an absence of evidence. So...

Defending Jacob has me hooked from the beginning to the end. It is a riveting account of the events leading to, and of the cross-examination of parties in the prosecution of Jacob.

On the surface, this crime fiction may read like a first-rate mystery or suspense or even thriller. But in my heart of hearts, it is a love story. It is about the love of a husband for his wife, the love of a mother for her child, the love of a parent for his son. How far will you go to protect your child? Will you go to the end of the earth? Will you go beyond?

Also, because of my role as a mum as well, a part of me cannot help but reaches out in an attempt to ease the heartache and pain experienced by Jacob's mother (Laurie) even as my heart withers and shrivels up alongside hers. Yes, the story is that affecting and melancholic.

As much as my take on the story is about family and love, at the end of the day, it still boils down to one big question. Is Jacob guilty or not guilty of the crime he is indicted for? Well, my curiosity alone is reason enough to keep me up and reading until the wee hours in pursuit of the verdict.

A story not to be missed. Read this spellbinding tale of truths and lies and betrayals, be embroiled in the heated battles of prosecuting and defending Jacob, and see for yourself the ultimate brilliancy of the truth.

Publisher: Bantam; 1 edition
Publication date: 3 Sep 2013

*** Favourite quote 1 ***

A good marriage drags a long tail of memory behind it. A single word or gesture, a tone of voice can conjure up so many remembrances.

*** Favourite quote 2 ***

The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

*** Favourite quote 3 ***

The absence of evidence is precisely that: an absence of evidence.

~ Defending Jacob
William Landay


A veteran prosecutor.
His son accused of murder.
How far will he go?

How far would you?

*Blurb from author's website*

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