Tina Jordan
January 22, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Cloud of Unknowing

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Thomas H. Cook
publisher
Harcourt
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Fiction

We gave it an A-

To her father, a paranoid schizophrenic, Diana Sears is a ”shining star,” destined for greatness — until she rebels by choosing a sedate domestic life in Thomas H. Cook’s The Cloud of Unknowing. But then her son Jason begins to exhibit signs of the same illness that consumed his grandfather’s mind. When Jason drowns in a pond behind the family home, the court rules his death a ”misadventure,” but Diana, uncertain about what happened and beginning to go mad herself, investigates on her own — only to get caught up in a tangle of ancient murders. Her inexorable descent into mania, narrated by her brother Dave, is as gripping as the mystery itself. A-

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