Defending Jacob is a pretty typical suspense/mystery novel. It switches back and forth between the court transcripts and narrative, but flows surprisingly well. The characters are reasonably fleshed out, and the story moves along at a good pace. It doesn't necessarily stand out to me as one of those unforgettable stories, even being the mother of two boys myself, but it is not utterly forgettable, either. And at times it does feel as though it was written for a movie, the way things are presented. Overall an enjoyable read and I would definitely read more by William Landay.