Defending Jacob was a page turner complete with lots of surprises. It was a thought-provoking book. A book that you will not be able to get out of your head. A book you will just have to discuss as soon as you turn that last page. This court room drama takes place in Massachusetts. Andy Barber is a well-respected assistant district attorney. He is a happily married man and has a son, Jacob. When a young boy in Jacob’s school is murdered the whole town is shaken. Who could have done such a thing? And then the unthinkable happens. Fourteen year old Jacob is accused of the crime. But…did he really do it? Defending Jacob was the perfect book club book and a must read! The Friday Morning Bookclub’s favorite book for 2012!
Second place goes to State of Wonder by Ann Patchett and The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon. Yes it is a tie! The State of Wonder takes place in the Amazon. Marina Singh works for a pharmaceutical company. When Dr. Anders Eckman, Marina’s colleague and friend is sent to check on the progress of a researcher in Manaus and dies mysteriously, Marina sets off to find out exactly what happened to him as well as what was going on with the study which involved the development of a miracle fertility drug. An engaging mystery which takes you into the depths of the Amazon.
The Story of Beautiful Girl is exciting from page one. The novel takes place in 1968. When Lynnie, a developmentally delayed white woman and Homan, an African-American deaf man from the South turn up one raining evening at Martha’s front door, she welcomes them into her home and offers them dry clothing and food. And then she notices the new born baby! Unfortunately before she even has time to serve the meal she had prepared, there is banging on her front porch and the authorities arrive to take Lynnie and Homan back to the School for the Incurable and Feebleminded. “Hide her” is the last words Lynnie whispers in Martha’s ear as she is dragged from the house, leaving her baby behind. A beautiful, though provoking story and definitely a tear jerker!
A close third place goes to The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman. When Josef is introduced to his Grandson’s new wife’s Grandmother, he feels it right away. I know you from somewhere he tells her and she responds that he must be mistaken. And then he asks to push up her sleeve and sees the small birthmark and six numbers tattooed on her arm. “Lenka, it’s me,” he said. “Josef. Your husband”. This is a truly unforgettable book and a beautiful love story.
Fourth place is also a tie. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, a wonderful mystery and Divergent by Veronica Roth, an exciting YA dystopian novel.
Thank you for voting and helping us choose our favorites. As always we welcome and appreciate hearing from you!.We hope you will continue reading with us in 2013!