I’m going to throw this out there…I love books. I love to read pretty much anywhere; bed, the beach, a couch, on the bus, pretty much where ever I can. Loving to read, whenever we go on vacation the beach is usually involved and I get to sit out and read all day. That is how I’ve finished two books in about four days. First up, Defending Jacob by William Landay.
This book was a bit slow at first, pretty much the first chapter, but after that I couldn’t put the book down. This is a story about an assistant DA who is investigating a murder of a boy from town when the main suspect of the case turns out to be his son. For the rest of the novel he basically becomes obsessed with trying to prove that his son Jacob is not the killer. In the process it erodes on his life, family, and sanity.
What I loved about this book is that it kept you guessing, not necessarily about whether Jacob did the crime, but of the sanity of almost everyone involved. I couldn’t put this book down and the whole time I was on the edge of my seat as to what had happened and what was going to happen. And the ending, oh the ending! I never in a million years expected it to end the way it did! If you love Whodunnits then you’re sure to love this one!
After reading Defending Jacob I had to take it easy, so I looked for a fun read. I’ve heard nothing but good stuff about this book so I decided to give it a try. I also know Maria Semple wrote for Arrested Development and that’s just awesome.
The book did captivate my attention, and it was pretty funny, but it did fall flat a little. I can’t exactly put my finger on it yet, but there’s something that was meh, part of me thinks it’s because I had read Defending Jacob before it. What I can say is that I finished the book essentially in one day and that’s mostly because I wanted to know what happened to Bernadette. I had to know.
I don’t want to give too much away but I will say I loved the character of Bernadette and her daughter Bee. The Dad? Not so much, and if you read it you might see why. I will tell you that the book was worth it and is a perfect vacation/beach read!
If you love to read as much as I do then you really need to join GoodReads, it’s awesome. It’s essential for anyone who wants to keep track of what they read and get recommendations from it too. I’m also a big fan of Go Book Yourself. It’s a Tumblr that gives recommendations off of books you might have read. It’s a little different because the books are recommended by people instead of computer programs (the horror, I know!) but I like it.
Up next for me is Cockoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (really J.K. Rowling!) and I can’t wait.