Samuel Madison always wondered what Sandrine saw in him. He was a meek, stuffy doctorate student, and she a brilliant, beautiful, bohemian with limitless talents and imagination. On the surf ...more
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It’s the story of Sam Madison, an English Professor at a Deep South college, who stands accused of the murder of his wife – also an English Professor at the same college – who died as a result of an ov ...more
This book is amazing, brilliantly structured about a man on trial, for the murder of his wife. What we learn about their marriage, their relationships with others, their work and family life, their hopes and dreams, we learn throughout the trial. It ...more
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, a ...more
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My first book by Cook. I was not encouraged. Some of the traits that I disliked most in the character of Samuel Madison and in the book provided an accurate reflection of Madison's character: pedantic, verbose, aloof, self-centered.
The plot is focused around the trial of Samuel Madison for the murder of his wife, Sandrine. Many chapters begin with the courtroom examination of a witness as the county prosecutor presents his case against Madison. Each witness brings up some situation that causes...more
I loved the exquisite writing, although at times overwritten and verbose, and the manner in which the story flowed from past to present, from court room to home, motel room to neighbors house, from Mediterranean travel to backyard gazebo. A symphony of words comes to mind as I could feel the relationship of Sam and Sandrine evolving over time and their marriage tw ...more
I'm sure I'm not the only one who read this book came away thinking Gone Girl was a hit, who could write another. The publishers came up with Thomas H. Cook. I didn't feel that Sandrine's character was totally fleshed out - it certainly could have received more work. I did like how Cook placed the setting all within a courtroom and had the protagonist - Sam - d ...more
Professor Samuel Madison is on trial for the death of his wife, Sandrine. Beautifully and evocatively written, the novel is told from the perspective of Samuel, as he ruminates on his disturbing, searing past.
Most of the novel is told in flashbacks, and the reader follows the ups and downs and twisty road of Samuel and Sandrine’s life, as Samuel battles for his future, listening to we ...more
Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. -- Leo Tolstoy, opening sentence of "Anna Karenina."
One of the joys of book reviewing is discovering a new -- to the reviewer -- author at the height of his or her powers. It's also a source of frustration when the reviewer discovers the author has been around for a long time! The situation is unavoidable because one person -- even a voracious reader like the present reviewer -- can read only so many books.
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To me the contrasts were plentiful; the beauty and brilliance of Sandrine versus the or ...more
Sandrine’s Case was a disappointing read for me. I’ve read other books with similar themes/storylines (courtroom/trial, setting; husband accused of killing his wife) that were done better and lived up to expectations. The storyline was boring; or maybe it was just the narrator as I listened to the audiobook and the voiceover never really grabbed me. But, this could have been because the plot just wasn’t that engaging and he had very little to work with.
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Sandrine is dead, and her husband is on trial for her murder. But I'm not sure I'd classify this one as a mystery, or even a crime story. It is more an exploration of a long term term relationship, what the people in it know and do not know, and whether any of our relationships could withstand the scrutiny of a trial.
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Thomas H. Cook has been praised by critics for his attention to psychology and the lyrical nature of his prose. He is the author of more than 30 critically-acclaimed fiction books, including works of true crime. Cook published his first novel, Blood Innocents, in 1980. Cook published steadily through the 1980s, penning such works as the Fra ...more