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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.

Defending Jacob

Defending Jacob - William Landay

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.

I did figure out early on that Jacob would be found not guilty, although I wasn't sure how. I also expected that there would be another murder to which Jacob would be a suspect. I did not expect the ending, or the actions of Laurie.

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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.

For example, Laurie planting a new knife in the pond/lake. If Andy had done it, I would have believed it. However, Laurie just didn't seem the type to plant evidence. Especially so early in the investigation. I don't understand her actions at the end of the novel, however I do feel it could have been possible and was consistent with her 'mental break-down' she seemed to be experiencing. Another action I felt was slightly inconsistent was the moment in Jacob's room when he asked about what would happen to his parents if he left. It just seemed odd that he would care given his attachment issues.

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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. 


Personally I felt that Jacob was guilty. If I'm correct, I can't say that I understand why he did it, but I do think that he murdered both Ben and the girl while on vacation. And the dog. And the cat.

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Overall, I really enjoyed Defending Jacob.