Great Book Club Books to Read Instead (or After!) of Defending Jacob

I wrote last week about how much I disliked Defending Jacob -- for a variety of reasons, none of which we need to re-hash here. But I fully admit that, despite its weaknesses, it made for an excellent book club discussion at my book club's meeting last month. With that in mind, here are a few suggestions that I'd offer up to book clubs interested in something similar:

Instead of Defending Jacob, you (or your book club) might consider the following:

Our Endless Numbered Days, by Claire Fuller, for a novel of ambiguity that is more than open to readers' interpretations.

The Widow, by Fiona Bartonfor a psychological thriller that explores the question of how well we truly know the ones we love (my review of The Widow and interview with Fiona Barton).

Little Black Lies, by Sharon Boltonfor a psychological suspense story that probes the depths of a parents' love (my review of Little Black Lies and interview with Sharon Bolton).

The Cutting Season, by Attica Lockefor an excellent, suspenseful murder mystery that delves into how far a parent will go to protect his or her child as well as the ways past crimes interact with current ones.


If you or your book club read Defending Jacob, what did you think of it? And what else might you recommend to book clubs considering it?

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