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Defending Jacob by William Landay
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May 14, 2012

really liked it

I stopped reading the legal/crime thrillers many years ago...too predictable. I'm not sure what prompted me to pick this one up. Maybe it was because the main character's fourteen year old son was accused of murdering a classmate, and having an almost teenage son myself I found myself wondering what I would do if I was in that HORRIFIC situation!! I found myself identifying with all of the awful emotions the parents were experiencing, and even cried a time or two. Then the book took some frightening psychological turns and I was hooked. The author paced the book so well that I truly felt like I was on a psychological roller coaster that didn't end until I put the book down. There were so many twists and turns that even when I thought I had everything figured out, I didn't!
HOWEVER.....there is more than enough foul language in this book to give it an R rating. I probably should have chucked this book across the room, but I didn't. Like I said the author lured me in and I had to find out what happened. I really wish more authors would share their writing talent without the use of the four letter words. I might have given this five stars otherwise.
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Linda I absolutely agree about the foul language...I usually stop reading after one or two incidences but I did read to the end of this compelling novel. Bad language is just lazy writing, in my opinion.

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