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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press; 1 edition (Jan. 31 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385344228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385344227
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16.3 x 3.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jodi C. Anastasakis on Feb. 11 2013
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Very good story, and not at all predictable.....keeps you guessing until the very end....and even then your surprised. Masterful writing, amazing characters.
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By Jane MacKeen on May 14 2014
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What a great read. Hated to put it down right to the last page. Can't wait to read his next thriller.
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Intelligent, heart-stopping, powerful, engaging.

So is your son a murderer or just a bit different?

The world has condemned him already.

What do you do? Nature or nurture - what shapes our ends?

This book takes you through the travels and travails of a scared family. If you love legal stories, enjoy detecting, beg for stories that are basically enthrall ing conversations, then this is THE book for you. Enjoy!
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By Susie Njiks on Feb. 4 2014
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This story is plain brilliant, with deep and moving characters, lofty ideas and an insight that gets my full respect.The descriptions are vivid, the setting wide and varied, and William Landlay has a good sense of things and knowledge. The connections made between Jacob and Andy Barber, his father, are well observed. The twists and interconnections in the story also reminds me of Triple Agent Double Cross.The story gripped me all the way to the end, made explosive by the final twist in the story.
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By Jeffrey Swystun TOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 9 2014
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It is one of those times where I am completely shocked by a novel's reviews and success. This book was a contrived and reductive mess. The pacing and structure were plotted like a made-for-tv-movie. It aspires to be a suspenseful outing combining the styles of Turow and Picoult but falls far short. To be fair, I did enjoy a few nuggets including Landay's commentary on teenagers and parenting including these bon mots:

“The interior of a teenager’s mind is an endless war between Stupid and Clever.”

“At some point as adults we cease to be our parents' children and we become our children's parents instead.”

"I don't have a parenting style. I'm just making it up as I go."

He also makes a few good runs at commercialism including a solid jab at the "elaborate pretense" that is Whole Foods pretending it "was something other than a luxury store." Landay obviously loves storytelling as he injects references to it and building narratives throughout the book, “We are pattern-seeking, storytelling animals, and have been since we began drawing on cave walls.”

It is just a shame that this is not a well-told tale. The family at the story's centre is never fleshed out and they do not endear or prompt any connection. Jacob could have been an incredible character. Instead he was impenetrable, conveniently masked behind a blanket diagnosis of narcissism. The wife was little more than a caricature and the father qualified for stupid villain-status.

Unlike the wildly popular but equally improbable, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, this thriller never gelled or compelled. It was frustrating right up to and including the abrupt ending which I am not sure was a literary device or an expression of the author’s own disappointment with the story. I remain bewildered at the praise it has received.
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While reading this book I kept thinking of so many families who experience a tragedy exactly like this How many times have I read about a son like this in the same situaton and the words : He was such a nice and quied child. This is a book difficult to put down.
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By Burchy on June 11 2013
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I started this thinking I would read a few chapters a day and then found myself barreling through it. It's the type of book which sneaks up on you. It is not for faint of heart, though.
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By Joan on June 8 2013
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A quick read. Engaging and well written. Very disturbing to explore what makes us into the adults we become. Nature vs nurture on steroids.
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