A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“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, NPR, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
It’s always a treat when a literary writer we love tries their hand at a thriller, and Rebecca Makkai does it so well with I Have Some Questions for You. Bodie Kane is a podcaster whose passion for true crime dates back to the ’90s, when her boarding-school classmate was murdered. Decades later, Bodie’s drawn back into the salacious story when she returns to campus as a visiting instructor—and two of her students revisit the case. Makkai has never shied away from hot-button topics in her novels, and she uses the mystery-at-an-elite-school premise to explore issues of race, class, criminal justice, and our cultural fascination with pretty dead girls. Veteran narrator Julia Whelan’s clear, conversational delivery is perfect for this tightly plotted and thought-provoking novel, capturing Bodie’s increasing dread, anger, and confusion as her world is turned upside down. This is a gripping listen.
While I thought this story was great and had me hooked, I give it 4 stars because I feel it was a bit drawn out at the end…
The ending was ok, but honestly was anticipating something a little different that provided more resolution to the whole story.
Geared towards millennials
Too long on words. Short on clarity. Confusing monologue that was never satisfactorily answered.
I have some questions for you
Excellent book, complex characters, beautiful writing, compelling story! A must read