We meet protagonist Bodie Kane now a film lecturer and podcaster when she has returned to Granby her New Hampshire boarding school to teach a short course on true crime. Two of her students choose the death of Thalia Keith, a student murdered at Granby in the spring of Bodie's senior year. Opinions around Thalia's death and the conviction of Omar Evans, the school sports coach are to this day divided.
Elegantly and stylishly Rebecca Makkai unpicks the mystery to shed new light on events through a reluctant Bodie and her students insights. I really enjoy a campus novel and this one didn't disappoint. I enjoyed it so much I read another campus novel recommendation by Rebecca Makkai by author Pamela Erens called The Virgins which was sublime.
The riveting new novel from the author of The Great Believers, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award A successful film professor and podcaster, Bodie Kane is content to forget her past: the family tragedy that marred her adolescence, her four largely miserable years at a New Hampshire boarding school, and the 1995 murder of a classmate, Thalia Keith. Though the circumstances surrounding Thalia's death and the conviction of the school's athletics coach, Omar Evans, are the subject of intense fascination online, Bodie prefers-needs-to let sleeping dogs lie. But when The Granby School invites her back to teach a two-week course, Bodie finds herself inexorably drawn to the case and its increasingly apparent flaws. In their rush to convict Omar, did the school and the police overlook other suspects? Is the real killer still out there? As she falls down the very rabbit hole she was so determined to avoid, Bodie begins to wonder if she wasn't as much of an outsider at Granby as she'd thought-if, perhaps, back in 1995, she knew something that might have held the key to solving the case. One of the most acclaimed contemporary American writers, Rebecca Makkai reinvents herself with each of her brilliant novels. Both a transfixing mystery and a deeply felt examination of one woman's reckoning with her past, I Have Some Questions for You is her finest achievement yet.