I have no idea what you do in this situation. Jacob's father is an attorney. His mother would do anything for him. And then there is Jacob - who has been accused of killing a classmate. Did he do it? Was the classmate bullying him? Or is he just a sociopath? Hard to say. Like every parent, we only want to believe the best about our children - but at what point do you have to take a serious look at what is going on?
Landay does a great job of presenting the reader with just enough information - but not the whole picture. He also tells the story in a way that introduces both court transcripts and the broken voice of the father. All of this together makes for a horrifying and compelling read that I couldn't quit reading. What would you do if Jacob was your son?