Book Group Questions
(1) The title, Shrouded, is intended to connote more than one meaning. What dual meanings did you find in the story?
(2) Crispin struggles with self-directed violence also known as self-injurious behavior. The story begins and ends with her holding a razor blade. Discuss whether or not the challenges Crispin faces in the book help her to take ownership of her life.
(3) What does the mystery-thriller genre provide in the telling of Crispin’s story that other genres could not?
(4) The use of strategic silence is a repeated theme. J.D. Moss uses strategic silence when grilling Crispin in hope she will rush in to fill the void. Crispin observes that death screams emerge from silence and recede into silence. What are other examples? Are there other repeated beats or images?
(5) We are often the last to know the emotional reason behind what we do. Does Crispin fully understand why she studies burial rituals? Is it possible for her to find it on tombstones or in Father Macken’s diary?
(6) The Vatican and several European cities vividly capture the mood and feel of Crispin’s journey. Could you imagine this story unfolding in different places?
(7) Before you read Shrouded did you have an opinion about the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin? Have your ideas changed since reading this book?
(8) Does the world need an organization such as IIPASE to police rogue scientific and commercial operations?
(9) Reviewer and author, Bill Johnson, wrote, “Shrouded is a contemporary thriller that addresses the mind and heart.” Do you agree with him? If so, why?
(10) J.R.R. Tolkien said, “Courage is found in unlikely places.” Where did Sister Lew, Roberto and Crispin find courage, and did it make a difference?