“The courtroom proceedings thrillingly advance the narrative to its surprising conclusion, but the real treat is Cook’s tender, gradual exploration of the push and pull between Samuel and Sandrine, an unlikely pair." People
“Often praised for the clarity of his prose and the sheer drive of his storytelling, [Cook] deserves a special citation for bravery.” New York Times Book Review
Thomas H. Cook is peerless when it comes to finding the humanity behind crime. In Sandrine’s Case
he has written one of his greatest novels yet, a literary mystery about a man who unspools the story of his fractured relationship with his wife, as he stands trial for her murder.
Samuel Madison always wondered why Sandrine chose him. He was a meek, stuffy doctorate student, and she a brilliant bohemian with limitless talent and imagination. On the surface, their relationship and marriage seemed tranquil: jobs at the same liberal arts college, a precocious young daughter, and a home filled with art and literature. And then one night Sandrine is found dead in their bedroom from an overdose of pain medication and alcohol, and Samuel is accused of poisoning her.
As secrets about their often tumultuous marriage come to light in the courtroom, Samuel must face a town and media convinced of his guilt, a daughter whose faith in her father has been shaken to its core, and the truth about his wife, who never ceased being a mystery to him. Sandrine’s Case
is a powerful novel about the evil that can lurk within the heart of a seemingly ordinary man, and whether true love can be reawakened after death.