In Things Unseen

272 pages
December 18, 2020

From acclaimed crime novelist Gar Anthony Haywood comes a riveting tale unlike any he’s told before . . .

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From acclaimed crime novelist Gar Anthony Haywood comes a riveting tale unlike any he’s told before . . .

Diane Edwards has spent the last eight months praying for a miracle after losing her son Adrian in a freak car accident at Seattle’s Lakeridge Park. When she finds Adrian back in his bed one night—alive and well and oblivious to his death—it appears her prayers have been answered.

But this isn’t the kind of miracle Diane was expecting, because she soon learns Adrian is not the only one who’s forgotten that fateful day in Lakeridge Park. The entire world has no memory of it, with the exception of Diane and three other people:

  • Michael Edwards—Diane’s estranged husband and Adrian’s father.
  • Laura Carrillo—Adrian’s teacher, who loved him almost as much as his parents did.
  • Milton Weisman—The agnostic, sixty-eight-year-old widower and alcoholic who lost control of the car that killed Adrian in Lakeridge Park.

Over the next six days, these four people must struggle to understand what Adrian’s return to the living means, and why God Himself would choose them, and them alone, to play witness to it. In the end, all will learn that God’s mercy knows no limits—but its permanence comes at a price.

In this spellbinding tale, Gar Anthony Haywood uses all of his thriller writing skills to investigate the biggest mystery of all: is God real? And can miracles touch an unbelieving modern world?

Naomi Hirahara, Edgar Award-winning author of the Mas Arai mystery series and Clark and Division

I’ve been a Gar Anthony Haywood fan for years, but In Things Unseen rocked me to my core. It’s a novel about faith and belief, as well as a relentless page-turner that plays out like the greatest Twilight Zone episode never filmed.

Duane Swierczynski, two-time Edgar-nominated author of Revolver

Miracles are the stuff that dreams are made of. And sometimes fine stories, too. With lovely prose and a measured pace, Gar Anthony Haywood, in a profound departure from his crime novels, offers readers a thoughtful exploration of the reality of what it means to try to accept the inexplicable. In Things Unseen is a modern allegory of faith, loss, and redemption. This is exactly the kind of story we need in these chaotic and challenging times.

William Kent Krueger, Edgar Award-winning author of Ordinary Grace and This Tender Land