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I Have Some Questions for You

By Rebecca Makkai
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Publisher Description


“A twisty, immersive whodunit perfect for fans of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History.” —People 

"Spellbinding." —The New York Times Book Review

"[An] irresistible literary page-turner." The Boston Globe

Named a Best Book of 2023 by USA Today, Esquire, Real Simple, PopSugar, and CrimeReads

The riveting new novel — "part true-crime page-turner, part campus coming-of-age" (San Francisco Chronicle) from the author of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist The Great Believers

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 murder of her former roommate, Thalia Keith, in the spring of their senior year. Though the circumstances surrounding Thalia’s death and the conviction of the school’s athletic trainer, Omar Evans, are hotly debated online, Bodie prefers—needs—to let sleeping dogs lie.

But when the Granby School invites her back to teach a course, Bodie is 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.

In I Have Some Questions for You, award-winning author Rebecca Makkai has crafted her most irresistible novel yet: a stirring investigation into collective memory and a deeply felt examination of one woman’s reckoning with her past, with a transfixing mystery at its heart. Timely, hypnotic, and populated with a cast of unforgettable characters, I Have Some Questions for You is at once a compulsive page-turner and a literary triumph.

167 Reviews

Thinking Face“I was drawn into the world of Granby and felt like I could imagine these young people thrust into testimonies and affidavits after the murder of Thalia Keith. I love a book with short chapters and appreciated that they got shorter the more I read on! The author's style was easy to read and I think she handled the concept of true crime masterfully. Her commentary and insights on how we consume true crime was on point. I'm still thinking on the ending - I'm not sure I really understood that part?”
Multi-layered charactersEasy to readAddictiveComplexImmersive settingPoliticalThought-provokingUnsatisfying ending
Expressionless Face“I couldn’t stand the authors writing style. It was erratic and all over the place. Would not recommend”
Bad writingDidn't grab my attentionSlow plot
Expressionless Face“I admit I was skeptical seeing so many negative reviews… it couldn’t actually be so bad, right? It takes a LOT for me to dislike a book. But this was awful😂 I can’t exactly pinpoint why. It felt so cheesy, slow, chaotic (so many times I found myself thinking, “wait who is that?!) and the characters all annoyed me. The worst part, though, is how I felt the author was trying to make it a conversation on race and #MeToo. As a survivor myself, hard pass on this one.”
ConversationalComplexCreepyBad writingDidn't grab my attentionRushed endingSlow plotUnengaging charactersUnlikable charactersUnsatisfying ending
Expressionless Face“So many things... I love short quick chapters, but I felt it was so sporadic and jumped around too much. I was hoping this would be my window into the true crime genre, but it didn't get me excited about anything.”
TwistyUnpredictableBad writingRushed endingSlow plotUnengaging charactersUnsatisfying ending
Expressionless Face“I gave this a 1.5 because I think I gave the worst book I read this year a 1 and it was just a little better than that. I had really high hopes for this one! The cover got me, and the synopsis sounded very interesting, but talk about dragging 😴 I physically had to steel myself to keep reading and force myself to finish in hopes that there would be some kind of resolve. Like all my other LBPC members, it just felt like she was trying to do too much all at once. Our first book club dud!”
Didn't grab my attentionUnengaging charactersUnsatisfying ending

About Rebecca Makkai

Rebecca Makkai is the author of the novels I Have Some Questions for You, The Great Believers, The Hundred-Year House, and The Borrower, and the story collection Music for Wartime. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, The Great Believers received an American Library Association Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, among other honors, and was named one of the Ten Best Books of 2018 by The New York Times. A 2022 Guggenheim fellow, Makkai is on the MFA faculties of the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe and Northwestern University, and is the artistic director of StoryStudio Chicago. She lives on the campus of the midwestern boarding school where her husband teaches, and in Vermont.

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