Featured book: Sandrine’s Case



Sandrine’s Case by Thomas H. Cook.

On Goodreads, reader TONY says this of Sandrine’s Case:


Cook is a marvelous writer, and this one displays his talent to the best advantage. Although the story is mostly set in a courtroom, this is not a legal thriller. It is a sensitive exploration of a marriage, and what went wrong with it. We meet Sam and Sandrine Madison. They have been married for many years, and have a lovely house in a small college town in Georgia. They both teach at the college. Sandrine learns that she has Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and slowly breaks the news to her husband. Needless to say, their mental states both begin to deteriorate. One day Sam, after coming home from one of his classes, finds Sandrine in their bedroom. She is dead. From all appearances, it looks like suicide. Little quirks in the circumstances in which the body is found, however, makes the local sheriff suspicious. He learns that Sandrine’s death was caused by an overdose of Demerol, but they also found the presence of antihistamines in her stomach. Based on this finding and lots of offhand comments by Sam, he becomes a “person of interest” to the police. When it is also learned that Sam has had an affair with one of the wives of one of his co-workers, and that he and Sandrine had had an argument just the night before she was discovered, he is finally accused of her murder. The story is then told through a day-by-day analysis of his trial, where Sam is forced to examine his actions and himself in a new light. This is a well-crafted story well told. Recommended.