It was a really good book. It’s a courtroom drama and I tend to like them…yep, there’s a twist at the end too.
Andy Barber and his wife Laurie are well respected people in their community. Andy a District Attorney and Laurie a school teacher are blindsided when their son Jacob is charged with killing a school classmate. As the trial goes on the book outlines the change in relationships with community members and within the family unit.
The story is told by Andy and through Andy’s eyes. He wants to believe the best about it his son so sometimes the reader is forced to step back from Andy’s perspective and judge for themselves on how to interpret evidence. I listened to this as an audiobook and very much enjoyed this. Some reviewers on Amazon suggest that the book is a little slow as some of the courtroom testimony tells about things the reader already learns from earlier reading. For me, that was not true and was part of character building….do we believe the testimony of the cop who was Andy’s best friend? Do we believe the testimony of Jacob’s best friend? Who is telling the truth…who is distorting it and is anyone lying? How will these changes in testimony affect the ultimate verdict? Will the truth ever be told?
The story brings out what they call a “murder gene”. Are people capable of passing down a “murder gene” to their children through DNA? Certainly we can pass on high blood pressure, cholesterol issues and the like, why not a “murder gene”? If this “murder gene” can be passed on, then how do you as a parent feel if you are the one who passed it down? All of this is brought to the reader’s attention for consideration.
Anyway….I loved the book. The book has over 9000 reviews on Amazon and it’s given 4.3 stars.
Well…I was extra excited when 8 years after reading the book Apple TV decided to do a series on the book. Well I don’t have Apple TV and had no idea how it works. But…I was interested enough in seeing this book in television series form to figure it out.
It turns out I can get Apple TV as a subscription channel with my Roku. You can download the app HERE. The good news is that I could watch the first two episodes free. I thought that was awesome. If I didn’t like it, I didn’t have to pay to subscribe. But you can guess what happened. I loved it. I subscribed. Apple TV is $4.99 a month. I cancelled my Acorn TV for a month and will be using Apple TV for the month…then I’ll likely go back to Brit Box for a month. I really like rotating the subscriptions around. Then I’m only paying $4.99 for added viewing options.
Here’s a bit more about the series… Continue reading