Defending Jacob is an amazing novel. Do yourself a favor and read it. It’s that good.”
— Nicholas Sparks, N.Y. Times #1 bestselling author

Praise for Defending Jacob…

  • “The best crime-and-courtroom drama in years.”
    — Stephen King∞
  • A novel like this comes along maybe once a decade. William Landay’s Defending Jacob is a tour de force, a full-blooded legal thriller about a murder trial and the way it shatters a family. With its relentless suspense, mesmerizing prose, and a shocking twist at the end, it’s every bit as good as Scott Turow’s great Presumed Innocent. But also something more: an indelible domestic drama that calls to mind Ordinary People and We Need to Talk About Kevin. A spellbinding and unforgettable literary crime novel.”
    — Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Buried Secrets and High Crimes
  • “In Defending Jacob, William Landay makes bold use of his genuine storytelling gift, his amazing ability to craft believable dialogue, and above all, an extraordinary understanding of what it means to be a husband and father to present us with the unforgettable tale of an ordinary marriage and family in crisis. In his hands, the tender, passionate union of Laurie and Andrew Barber — of anyone’s marriage, by implication — is tested by the notion that parenting is never quite what one imagines it to be. On the surface, this novel reads like a first-rate thriller, but at its heart, it’s a love story. It’s the story of a man who adores his wife and child, but more than that, it’s a novel that describes the fine edge between love and madness, and the lies we sometimes tell ourselves. Landay has proven himself to be an extraordinary writer, and Defending Jacob is an amazing novel. Do yourself a favor and read it. It’s that good.
    — Nicholas Sparks, N.Y. Times #1 bestselling author
  • Waiting for a new Landay novel is like waiting for a guy from Cremona to build a violin: anxious but worth it. Defending Jacob is smart, sophisticated — and suspenseful on more levels than one.”
    — Lee Child, N.Y. Times #1 bestselling author
  • “William Landay has hit a home run. Defending Jacob is a stunning novel that will be compared to classic courtroom thrillers like Presumed Innocent and Anatomy of a Murder.”
    — Phillip Margolin, N.Y. Times bestselling author
  • “By the time I had finished the first chapter of William Landay’s Defending Jacob I knew there was no way I would not read to the last page, and when I got there, I was not disappointed. Shaken might be a better word. Riveting, suspenseful, and emotionally searing. I thought Presumed Innocent packed a punch at the end. It was a slap compared to this.
    — Linwood Barclay, N.Y. Times bestselling author
  • “A powerful portrayal of a family, a crime and a community. Defending Jacob compels you to flip frantically through the pages, desperate to know what will happen next, then leaves you gasping breathlessly at each shocking revelation. A page-turner with a bite … and that’s before you get to the end.”
    — Lisa Gardner, N.Y. Times #1 bestselling author
  • “Nuanced understanding of the psychology of carefully considered, layered characters makes Defending Jacob more than a terrific legal thrill ride with courtroom scenes that explode off the page. William Landay’s latest is a heartfelt exploration of the unanticipated complications of loyalty among old friends, and an unflinching appraisal of the darkest, most poignant consequences of the love that binds, and blinds, families. Defending Jacob is one of those rare books that calls for contemplation and insight along with every breathtaking surprise. Read it.”
    — Stephen White, N.Y. Times bestselling author
  • “Seamless and sensational, William Landay’s Defending Jacob is a spellbinder that draws the reader further and further into the dilemmas of its very real characters. Landay is a master weaver of suspense. This has got to be one of the best novels of the year.”
    — John Lutz, New York Times bestselling author
  • “William Landay’s brilliantly conceived murder mystery combines a harrowing family drama with riveting courtroom scenes that make the reader feel they are actually witnessing the trial unfold. And the twist at the end is stunning.”
    — Stephen Frey, New York Times bestselling author
  • “A brutal murder, a splintered community, and a father desperate to save his son. More than a courtroom drama, Defending Jacob is a page-turning, stomach-clenching exploration of family — and a disturbing look into today’s society.”
    — Chevy Stevens, New York Times bestselling author
  • “A taut, emotional legal thriller that delves deep into the complexities of family and community. Defending Jacob is one of the best books I’ve ever read.”
    — Carla Buckley, author of The Things That Keep Us Here∞