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Krista’s #CBR4 Reviews #53-60

All right, I decided that I’m going to finish out the year reviewing all of the books I’ve read, even after the awesome 52! I’m almost at 67 (will be this afternoon/evening) so here’s the first batch of catching up reviews. Once I get the next bunch done, I plan on reviewing everything as I go along. It’s really hard to do a thoughtful review of a book you read months ago!

53. Maine, J. Courtney Sullivan

54. On Being A Servant of God, Warren Wiersbe

55. Insurgent, Veronica Roth

56. What the Dead Know, Laura Lippman

57. Defending Jacob, William Landay

58. The Blessings of the Animals by Katrina Kittle

59. The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul

60. In Search of Eden by Linda Nichols

Janel’s #CBR4 Review#9 Defending Jacob by William Landay

I received a hardcopy of this book via Random House’s EarlyBirdRead Program

 I know many reviews compare this book to Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent, but I thought this book also had similar themes to Helen Schulman’s This Beautiful Life.  Both books capture how a family reacts when one of their children is part of a scandal.

This book is told within a grand jury transcript of the father’s testimony.  The reader doesn’t find out why the father is testifying until 5 pages from the end of the book.  A smart reader will see some foreshadowing early in the book around why the father might be testifying.

Even with all the crime/detective dramas on TV, it was interesting to read how a case might be defended.  Unfortunately, halfway through the book I got tired of the case/trial and I was ready for the outcome to be shared.  I felt the last 20 pages were really unexpected and a little under developed.  Landay does incorporate some modern twists into the investigation by including references to Facebook.


While there were some interesting plot twists, I wouldn’t say this book was written any better than any other mystery/thriller I’ve read in the past year.

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