09 October 2010

When Will There Be Good News; Kate Atkinson

When Will There Be Good NewsWhen Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Jackson Brodie mystery series are always delightfully complex, with seemingly disparate threads finally tangling into one nice web.

The story of Joanna Hunter, nee Mason, and her family's slaughter when she was 6... Reggie, orphaned and yet making an attempt at a "normal" life (despite her brother's best efforts)... Louise in her somewhat surprising marriage... Joanna's husband and his bad business choices... Jackson's desire to find his son and make is second marriage work... the train crash... the kidnapping... and the ultimate solution to all this at first seems as though there are too many strands to tie together.  Yet Ms. Atkinson's deft storytelling does just that, in a way that leaves some threads not quite finished. It was also fun seeing Edinburgh from a point-of-view other than Ian Rankin's.


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