I love to read just about anything, as long as it's fiction. I read for me - that means I read what I want, when I want. My reviews tend to mostly be based on how I'm able to personally connect with the story/characters. They are not intended to influence someone to read, or not read, a particular book. I always encourage people to take a chance and make up your own mind.
Oh, and I love chocolate.
I was interested in the story behind Defending Jacob from the moment I read the synopses. As I started reading, I was not disappointed. My interest was engaged all the way through to the end. It had me debating - What would I do if it were my kid? Would I have believed my child possible of such a horrific crime? To what length would I go through to protect him/her?
I'm usually pretty good at figuring things out in the books I read.(show spoiler)
The fact that this book could throw in some surprises for me was great.
The character consistency is what caused my rating to drop from a 4 to a 3.5. I don't need to love all (or any) of the characters to enjoy a book. However, I do need to feel something for them. And I like characters that are consistent throughout the book. Change is fine (and in some cases desired), but I don't like to see things happen out of character without explanation. When this happens, I have to draw the conclusion that it was for the sole purpose of supporting part of the plot.(show spoiler)
There were a few other things that I felt were inconsistent, but it only annoyed me to the point of lowering my rating by 1/2 a point.
Overall, I really enjoyed Defending Jacob.