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This review is from: Defending Jacob (Kindle Edition)
This is an excellent crime novel. To call it a legal thriller would diminish it, I think. There is law and a court case at its centre, but it is not one of those books in which the main information or solution comes out of the trial itself and the clash between attorneys. The trial is just one element among others which include the crime, obviously, the characters, the genetic disposition or not towards violence, the small town and families caught up in the crime, and the ambushing twists and turns of the story.
It was the trial and police investigation material that I found the least convincing, in fact, but that may be the point: that we should distrust everything to do with the law.
William Landay writes with authority and ease and you feel you are in hands of a confident and very able writer, who goes down deeper into character than many other crime-writers.
I found the pace to be just right. The need to find out the truth pulled me along, but didn't rush me through aspects of character development - particularly in Laurie, the wife - that were unexpected, and thoughtfully done.
Although it is an utterly different book, it is reminiscent of some of the themes in "We need to talk about Kevin." The child's heart. The adolescent heart. The nature of the heart.
I would thoroughly recommend this powerful and intelligent book, whose story stays with you after the book is finished. And stays.