What happened to Jane Larkin? On November 12, 1975, the 39-year-old mother of three disappeared. Her young daughter Miranda came home from school and her mother was nowhere to be found. Husband and father Dan Larkin, a criminal defense attorney, became the one and only suspect. But there was no evidence left behind and no witnesses to a crime. Middle child Jeff, as well as Miranda, had doubts about their father and oldest son Alex never wavered in his belief that his father had nothing to do with their mother's disappearance. Through the years, Dan continued to deny any involvement in Jane's disappearance and the case remained open. In 2015, Phillip Solomon, a school friend of Jeff's, received Jeff and Miranda's encouragement to write his next novel based on the family tragedy. The story of the Larkins takes on interesting twists and turns as the family grows more troubled and fractured over time.
All That Is Mine I Carry With Me by William Landay, is set up as four "books" - providing different points of view during different time periods. Landay takes his time setting up this sad tale and does an excellent job in his portrayal of Dan, who is not a good guy. But is he simply a pompous jerk or is he an evil monster? The story shows how Jeff and Miranda were so deeply affected over the course of several decades not only by the loss of their mother but the continued struggle in their conflicting feelings about their father. It works well as both a family drama and crime mystery. family drama and crime mystery. Landay's popular book Defending Jacob, which I also recommend, was adapted into a television series. I hope this riveting book also makes it to the screen.
Many thanks to Bantam | Random House, Ballantine for the opportunity to read an advance.
Rated 4.25 out of 5 stars.
Family Drama | Crime Mystery.
Publication Date: March 7, 2023.
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