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Defending Jacob

Defending Jacob - William Landay

This was a book group read. It's a courtroom/crime novel with a twist, as the District Attorney finds himself dealing with a case in which his son becomes a suspect. It's not stellar from a literary perspective, but it is an interesting read from a psychological one. The book is about family relationships, about nature vs. nurture and violence, about the degree to which we are willing to be honest with ourselves in the face of frightening information, and about ethical choices in parenting. My three stars are probably actually a 3 and a half because of the degree to which I've been thinking about it since I read it. Some people have criticized the plot as slow, but I didn't have any issues with the pacing, and everyone in the book group seems to have liked it (although I ended up missing the meeting due to a sick kid!).