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Starred Review. In Atkinson's stellar third novel to feature ex-cop turned PI Jackson Brodie (after One Good Turn), unrelated characters and plot lines collide with momentous results. On a country road, six-year-old Joanna Mason is the only survivor of a knife attack that leaves her mother and two siblings dead. Thirty years later, after boarding the wrong train in Yorkshire, Brodie is almost killed when the train crashes. He's saved by 16-year-old Regina Reggie Chase, the nanny of Dr. Joanna Hunter, née Mason. In the chaos following the crash, Brodie ends up with the wallet of Andrew Decker, the recently released man convicted of murdering the Mason family. Enter DCI Louise Monroe, Brodie's former love interest, who's tracking Decker because of a recent case involving a similar family and crime. When Dr. Hunter disappears, Reggie is convinced she's been kidnapped and enlists the reluctant Brodie to track her down. A lesser author would buckle under so many story lines, but Atkinson juggles them brilliantly, simultaneously tying up loose ends from Turn and opening new doors for further Brodie misadventures. (Sept.)
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Critics greeted the return of Jackson Brodie enthusiastically, and many stated that When Will There Be Good News? is the best installment of the three-book series. Atkinson’s mysteries develop naturally from her charmingly flawed characters and display her keen insight into human nature. Her control of the plot is absolute: it ratchets up the tension while the narrative accelerates to breakneck speeds. Atkinson’s razor-sharp humor and literary games add to the fun without distracting from the story. A few critics lamented the heavy use of coincidences and mistaken identities, but the Guardian perceived an added layer of meaning to such plot contrivances. Readers are forewarned: they may not be able to put down this riveting, entertaining, and clever novel until they’ve turned the final page.
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Kate Atkinson has become one of my favorite writers, and Jackson Brodie a character I'm coming to know. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Diana Ruddick
enjoyed this book- it had interesting characters and was a good read overallPublished 24 days ago by Mary I M
Very confusing. Did not like it at all. Could not keep track of the characters.Published 1 month ago by Kes
Though well written this book seemed a little more formalaic than her others.Published 1 month ago by GG
I found it hard to follow story line and it didn't hold my interest. I do not look forward to reading more by the same author.Published 1 month ago by Judy63437
Currently my favorite Kate Atkinson. I love this book. The mood-word that applies more than "suspenseful" is surprising. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kailita
Very enjoyable read. I have enjoyed the different style of writing where each character is developed and then at the end they start all coming together or fitting into the puzzle. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael R. McKenzie