David Sears grew up in the shadow of his
brilliant younger sister, Diana, convinced by their father that she
would accomplish great things. Instead, she married and had a son,
Jason, who—like David and Diana’s father—is schizophrenic. Her husband,
Mark, a geneticist, never made peace with Jason’s condition.
this is why, when Jason drowns, Diana will not accept the authorities’
conclusion that his death was accidental. Or perhaps Diana is going mad.
She begins to send David faxes and e-mails about ancient murders,
driven by her growing belief that the earth is Gaia, a living witness to
her son’s murder who could give evidence in the case she is building
against her husband. David soon fears for his own family’s safety as the
seductive qualities of Diana’s manic energy become impossible to
In The Cloud of Unknowing, Cook explores the power of blood and family mythology. Download and start listening now!