The story follows Bodie Kane, a film professor and successful true-crime podcast host, as she returns to Granby, her New England boarding school, to guest lecture a course on investigative podcasting. Her return comes after twenty years away from the school, twenty years after her roommate, Thalia Keith, was found dead in the school swimming pool during their senior year.
Thalia’s death was very quickly blamed on the school’s athletic trainer, Omar. Despite the fact that all the evidence didn’t add up, Omar’s DNA was found on the swimsuit Thalia was wearing. That discovery quickly determined Omar guilty. The case closed, Thalia’s friends and family were left to grieve, and people moved on–that is until Bodie returns to Granby and her memories start to unravel in a way that questions everything that was put to bed during the murder investigation back in 1995.
Though this novel is a murder mystery, it isn’t as formulaic as a traditional “whodunit” mystery. While our main character wants to find out what actually happened to Thalia, she also wants to bring to light the adult men in Thalia’s life that failed to protect her and heavily contributed to her death. Makkai sweepingly critiques our culture’s obsession with the murder and abuse of women, while indulging in the phenomenon of internet armchair detectives.
Makkai is an incredibly thoughtful storyteller, and I Have Some Questions for You definitely speaks to her ability to gather research and graciously pour it into a complex yet approachable novel.