In Meyerle’s debut novel, the main character’s story begins when his girlfriend dies in her sleep.
A struggling writer, Jack feels even less inspired with Karen gone; he remains in what had been their house, feeling lonely and miserable. But one cold night, Miranda, an old girlfriend, shows up, chiding him for his reclusive habits and writer’s block. She discloses that she’s there on a mission that may save both of them. Miranda wants Jack to write about the late Theodore Hudson, a Nobel Prize–winning immunologist, whose story, she insists, is huge. Jack is skeptical. Writing about molecular biology does not strike him as a good use of his talents. Claiming that the late Hudson came to her in a dream and intoned that his truth must be revealed, Miranda persuades Jack to join her in researching the life—and unexpected, untimely death—of the famous scientist. Jack and Miranda uncover surprising information that paints Hudson in a terrible light and puts them both in a complicated dilemma. As they grapple with the unfolding mystery and its consequences, Jack and Miranda find themselves struggling on a personal level as well. Jack’s hunt for the scientist’s truth propels him toward his own and helps him heal from his loss. The novel is engaging and moving, the language poetic and deliberate. Miranda and Jack’s determination to discover the truth about themselves and others adds layers of interest to a well-wrought mystery. Told with humor and feeling, this story resonates as authentic.
A thoughtful mystery and romance about the convoluted process of self-discovery.