Marta doesn’t mean to kill her husband. In fact, she hardly believes that he’s dead. After a grisly accident leaves him drowned at the bottom of Lake Michigan, she begins a frenzied journey into the occult that soon drags in everyone around her, from her mother-in-law to the private detectives parked outside her home, as she tries to dig herself free of her own deadly mistakes.
Peter is a young paralegal at the firm hired to investigate Marta’s role in her husband’s death, who is grappling with his own grief in the wake of his brother’s suicide and the distance that seems to have opened between himself and his parents, his oldest friends, and the rest of the world. After learning about Marta’s case, he becomes obsessed with her. On an outing when he’s supposed to interview her neighbors, he instead knocks on Marta’s door and warns her that a company of private detectives is preparing to make her life miserable. Marta slams the door on him, but later sets up a time to hear him out. Neither Marta nor Peter could predict the consequences of their meeting.
A story of grief, devotion, and unforgivable mistakes, The Diver explores the disasters that cannot be recovered from, the accidents that cannot be undone, and the risks of love.
“The Diver is an astonishing novel, an eerie and compelling work of psychological suspense, a strange and startling plunge into the dark corners of a relationship. Samsun Knight is an incredibly gifted writer!”—Dan Chaon, author, Sleepwalk