The Ending

Discuss the September 2015 book of the month Defending Jacob by William Landay
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Re: The Ending

Post by quadbrookie » 12 Oct 2015, 18:50

I can agree with all opinions! In the back of my I kept thinking why are her parents not sitting with her during the trial? I thought she would have some family with her since Andy was working with the defense. I know Andy mentioned that her father was a psychologist because that was one of the reasons he never told about his father's history.

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Post by hsimone » 13 Oct 2015, 04:55

Exactly! Unless her parents didn't live in the country (which I don't remember if that was mentioned or not), you would think they would've heard regardless if she shared the information or not. Being her parents, you would also think that they would want to support her. Although...look how Laurie turned out - killed her one and only son. Maybe her parents weren't also the greatest.
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Post by CThomas33 » 13 Oct 2015, 10:57

Never saw that ending coming. Wow! I knew he was guilty the whole time, nowadays this seems to be more and more common with the child who feels he can get away with anything because mommy and daddy will take care of it. Poor mom.

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Post by quadbrookie » 13 Oct 2015, 15:26

Yes, they just reek havoc on the rest of society because mom and dad have the money to donate to the school or whatever fund to keep them out of trouble!

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Post by SharisseEM » 04 Jan 2016, 04:31

The ending was certainly a shocker but I think it fit the book nicely. It was a battle of doubt till the end. Whether Jacob was innocent or truly guilty despite the evidence. I think both parents were just damaged by the end and Laurie just felt that she had to take drastic measures to save herself and her son as well as any of his future victims. It's sad but I think she was just driven into a corner. She had to do something about her son.
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Post by Taylor Razzani » 17 Feb 2016, 22:22

I was surprised by the ending too! I liked how the ongoing dialogue between Logiudice and Andy turned to a trial against Laurie. Definitely didn't see that one coming! It makes sense that she finally snapped. I didn't really like her in the beginning but the hell she went through during the trial and the fact that she realized her son was a bad egg eventually made me warm to her. It's tragic that she resorted to that.

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Post by Sarah_Khan » 20 Jun 2016, 13:25

I loved the ending! It was so unexpected I would never, in a million years have guessed it. I also thought the ending wraps up everything pretty nicely, so we weren't left hanging. :)

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Post by FilmStar » 11 May 2018, 09:26

Yeah I guess the mother realized that her son was never going to change and that nothing was going to help him so it was like a mercy killing except she didn't expect to survive after. Looks like she was capable of murder as well if she could bring herself to do that to her own son.

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Post by amybo82 » 30 May 2018, 06:32

Or maybe the mother was the killer all along! I felt really let down by the ending. I just wanted it to all wrap up, and I felt like it was left too open ended.
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