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When Will There Be Good News?: A Novel Hardcover – September 24, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
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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From Bookmarks Magazine
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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I am not sure if I would have liked this book if not for the character of Reggie. Reggie is an orphan and adores Joanna and her baby, though never lets on her dire circumstances. Reggie is the character that pulls this whole story together and made it worth reading despite some of the not-too-believable coincidences. She brought heart into the novel and made me care about the rest of the lot. And though this was a mystery, it took have of the book before it started to pick up. The beginning seemed to be all ground work, some not necessary. I don't think I will read the next Brody book because Reggie won't be in it.
my rating 4 stars
-- Debra Hamel
The story starts out very strongly, but at some point (probably when Joanna Hunter steps out of the limelight) it really runs out of steam.
I don't see the point of the Alice Needler sub-plot, which seemed like an afterthought.
All confirmed fans of Kate Atkinson, among which I number myself, will want to read this book. Others can give it a miss.
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