All That Is Mine I Carry With Me
A mother vanished. A father presumed guilty. There is no proof. There are no witnesses. For the children, there is only doubt. From the New York Times bestselling author of Defending Jacob. . . .
“Astonishing, powerful, and provocative, this book is worth the excruciating wait for another William Landay.”—Louise Penny, author of A World of Curiosities
One afternoon in November 1975, ten-year-old Miranda Larkin comes home from school to find her house eerily quiet. Her mother is missing. Nothing else is out of place. There is no sign of struggle. Her mom’s pocketbook remains in the front hall, in its usual spot.
So begins a mystery that will span a lifetime. What happened to Jane Larkin?
Investigators suspect Jane’s husband. A criminal defense attorney, Dan Larkin would surely be an expert in outfoxing the police.
But no evidence is found linking him to a crime, and the case fades from the public’s memory, a simmering, unresolved riddle. Jane’s three children—Alex, Jeff, and Miranda—are left to be raised by the man who may have murdered their mother.
Two decades later, the remains of Jane Larkin are found. The investigation is awakened. The children, now grown, are forced to choose sides. With their father or against him? Guilty or innocent? And what happens if they are wrong?
A tale about family—family secrets and vengeance, but also family love—All That Is Mine I Carry With Me masterfully grapples with a primal question: When does loyalty reach its limit?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A cold case rips a family apart before bringing them together in this emotionally charged thriller by the author of Defending Jacob. When novelist Philip Solomon decides to write about the disappearance of his childhood friend Jeff’s mother 20 years ago, he’s drawn into the messy family drama behind the cold case. As Jeff, his brother, Alex, and his sister, Miriam, tell Philip their stories, the full effect of the tragedy—and the horrible truth behind it—begins to unfold. Best-selling author William Landay really knows how to build a compelling drama, weaving together multiple points of view into a smart, suspenseful narrative. Playing loyalty against legality and memory against morality, All That Is Mine I Carry With Me is both a hypnotic family saga and a mesmerizing mystery.
Author Philip Solomon, the narrator of this uneven mystery from bestseller Landay (Defending Jacob), decides to write a novel about a cold case: in 1975, 10-year-old Miranda Larkin, a brother of whom was a childhood friend of Philip, returned to her Newton, Mass., home after school to find her mother, Jane, absent. The police launched a missing persons investigation, which morphed into a homicide inquiry focused on Jane's defense attorney husband. No charges were brought. Decades later, Philip's choice reawakens many old wounds for Miranda and ends up causing rifts within the Larkin family. Landay movingly explores the impact of Jane's disappearance on Miranda, but the story of the Larkin family's struggles over whether one of its members is a murderer isn't particularly memorable. At one point, Philip holds forth on the port-wine stain on a police detective's face, remarking, "I want to get off the subject, as well, because as a writer I hate that port-wine stain. It is a clumsy, ridiculous device and, believe me, I'm embarrassed by it." This sort of writerly digression doesn't add much. Landay has done better. Agent: Alice Martell, Martell Agency.