The Cloud of Unknowing
By Thomas H. Cook
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780151012602, 320pp.)
Publication Date: January 2007
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David Sears grew up in the shadow of his brilliant younger sister, Diana, convinced by their father that she would accomplish great things. Instead, she married and had a son, Jason, wholike David and Diana’s fatheris schizophrenic. Her husband, Mark, a geneticist, never made peace with Jason’s condition. Perhaps this is why, when Jason drowns, Diana will not accept the authorities’ conclusion that his death was accidental. Or perhaps Diana is going mad. She begins to send David faxes and e-mails about ancient murders, driven by her growing belief that the earth is Gaia, a living witness to her son’s murder who could give evidence in the case she is building against her husband. David soon fears for his own family’s safety as the seductive qualities of Diana’s manic energy become impossible to ignore. In The Cloud of Unknowing, Cook explores the power of blood and family mythology.
Thomas H. Cook is the author of nineteen novels and two works of nonfiction. He has been nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award six times in four different categories, most recently for Best Novel for Red Leaves. His novel The Chatham School Affair won the Edgar for Best Novel. He lives in New York City and Cape Cod.