Tuesday, 26 May 2009

When will there be good news? - Kate Atkinson

On a hot summer day, Joanna Mason's family slowly wanders home along a country lane. A moment later, Joanna's life is changed forever... On a dark night thirty years later, ex-detective Jackson Brodie finds himself on a train that is both crowded and late. Lost in his thoughts, he suddenly hears a shocking sound... At the end of a long day, 16-year-old Reggie is looking forward to watching a little TV. Then a terrifying noise shatters her peaceful evening. Luckily, Reggie makes it a point to be prepared for an emergency...

This is the third in Kate Atkinson's series of books (but the first I have read) featuring the former private detective Jackson Brodie, among an array of unusual characters. It is crime fiction, but of a very inventive sort.
Although there are quite a few coincidences that bring the main players together, it nevertheless manages to avoid being ridiculous.
I did enjoy reading this book as it had a satisfying plot, mainly believable characters and plenty of reflections on mortality thrown in for good measure. There were a few places where I did think that the title was just what I was thinking at that time, but despite that, a good read!


Anonymous said...

thanks for posting about this book, I have been going to pick this one up a few times, now I will look out for it the next time I manage to get out to the library

Julie said...

You've been reading some interesting books Ursh.

Karan said...

Sounds involved but absorbing - another to add to my list. :0)