The Cloud of Unknowing by Thomas H. Cook

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David Sears grew up in the shadow of his brilliant sister, Diana, convinced by their father that she would accomplish great things. Instead, she married and had a son, Jason, who—like David and Diana’s father—is schizophrenic. Her husband, Mark, a geneticist, never made peace with Jason’s condition. Perhaps this is why Diana will not accept the authorities’ conclusion that Jason’s drowning death was accidental. Or perhaps Diana is going mad. As she builds a case against her husband and the seductive qualities of her manic energy become impossible to ignore, David finds himself afraid for his own family’s safety. In The Cloud of Unknowing, Cook explores the power of blood and family mythology.


About Thomas H. Cook

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Thomas H. Cook is the author of sixteen novels, including The Chatham School Affair, winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel; The Interrogation; Instruments of Night; Breakheart Hill; Mortal Memory; Sacrificial Ground and Blood Innocents, both Edgar Award nominees; and two early works about true crimes, Early Graves and Blood Echoes. He lives in New York City and Cape Cod, where he is at work on his next novel.From the Hardcover edition.
Published September 10, 2007 by Mariner Books. 324 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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she’s withdrawn from everyone but David’s teenaged daughter Patty, who not only doesn’t share her father’s sense that Diana is dangerously disturbed but seems to be taking her side against the world.

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Jason Regan, a severely schizophrenic child, is found drowned in a pond behind his family's home in this unusual, chilling mystery from Edgar-winner Cook (Red Leaves ).

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Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Suite 101

With two other unsolved murders and racial tension rising, is this town still a safe haven?

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