Have you been following the case of the Craig’s List Killer, Philip Markoff? I know, innocent until proven guilty – but let’s just say there is A LOT of evidence. Evidence that to anyone but, say, Markoff’s girlfriend seems indisputable. In fact, according to a story in New York Magazine, she has described him as a ‘beautiful person inside and out.” It’s easy to feel superior, to think that you would have seen Markoff for the nut job he is. But are you so sure? In photos he appears like a relatively nice-looking prepster not a crazed sociopath. His girlfriend obviously saw a totally different side of him.
The question of how well you can ever really know another person is at the core of Best Intentions. Lisa, the narrator, begins to suspect her husband of murder. Suddenly she wonders if she really knows him at all. Think about it. Do you know exactly, without a doubt, what the people surrounding you are capable of? What if you are wrong?