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Case histories : a novel (original 2004; edition 2004)

by Kate Atkinson

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Title:Case histories : a novel
Authors:Kate Atkinson
Info:New York: Little, Brown and Co., c2004. 312 p. ; 24 cm. 1st American Ed
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Case Histories: A Novel by Kate Atkinson (2004)

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Yay! I've found another British detective to follow!

The first book I read by Kate Atkinson wasLife After Life. A beautiful book, certainly, but also certainly not an easy read. So when I heard she had a detective, I put this on The List.

It did not disappoint. All the intelligent prose, with the pace of a mystery, this was a perfect book for me. I am looking forward to the rest of Jackson Brodie's exploits. ( )
  LauraCerone | May 26, 2016 |
Well it didn't come up to my expectations, may be i expected more. There were 3 cases, from 3 different years. And Jackson Brodie, our master mind was supposed to solve these. He solved the cases in his own way and some parts i was not able to understand what these lines are doing here? Humor was good, more of giving a "witty" thing in to it :)
Among the cases I liked "Olivia's Case" the most.
"Laura's Case" was the boring one and "Axe case" was just ok..
It becomes very interesting when it reaches the exact middle of the story...

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  PallaviSharma | May 9, 2016 |
While the actual mysteries are nothing new, the manner of the storytelling is. Ms. Atkinson leads the reader down these paths, suggesting conclusions, and then there is a different perspective and the story turns out to be different than expected. There is a bit of grimness about the stories - but then the characters involved are dealing with the aftermath of the tragic. ( )
  tjsjohanna | Apr 8, 2016 |
I do find it hard to make up my mind about Kate Atkinson’s books. It seems to me that at their best they really examine the human condition in an honest way but they also seem at times to be unconvincing in their plots and this book was no exception, the Caroline subplot, for example, seeming all rather far-fetched in order to create surprises. And then there’s Quintus, a paper-thin one-dimensional character whose role it is simply to make Jackson seem in danger. Still, I like the character of Jackson Brodie even if the way he take innumerable blows to the head but retains his clear thinking puts him more into the mythical realm of James Bond. ( )
  evening | Mar 17, 2016 |
LOVED everything about this book. It was so intriguing, well-written, funny, great character development. Can't wait to read all the rest of the series! ( )
  anglophile65 | Mar 8, 2016 |
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We have a woman who once thought she was marrying a “great mathematician” but now finds herself—a mother of four daughters and pregnant again—wondering what her glowering husband “would look like when he was dead.”
 

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Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:32)
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For Anne McIntyre
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How lucky were they? A heat wave in the middle of the school holidays, exactly where it belonged.
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She should have done science, not spent all her time with her head in novels. Novels gave you a completely false idea about life, they told lies and they implied there were endings when in reality there were no endings, everything just went on and on and on.
It wasn't that [he] believed in religion, or a God, or an afterlife. He just knew it was impossible to feel this much love and for it to end.
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CASE ONE:
Olivia Land, youngest and most beloved of the Land girls, goes missing in the night and is never seen again. More than thirty years later, two of her surviving sisters, each achingly lonely in her own way, reunite when their cruel and distant father dies. There, among the clutter of their childhood home, they unearth a shocking clue to Olivia's disappearance.

CASE TWO:
All of Theo's happiness is tied to his devoted daughter Laura. He delights in her wit, her effortless beauty, and her selfless love, and in the fact that she's taken a position at his prestigious law firm. But on her first day on the job, a maniac storms into the office and turns Theo's entire world upside down.

CASE THREE:
Michelle looks around one day and finds herself trapped in a hell of her own making. A very needy baby and a very demanding husband make her every waking moment a reminder that somewhere, somehow, she made a grave mistake and will spend the rest of her life paying for it — until a fit of rage creates a grisly, bloody escape.

As private detective Jackson Brodie investigates all three cases, startling connections and discoveries emerge. Jackson finds himself inextricably caught up in his clients' lives — their grief, their joy, their desire, and their unshakable need for resolution are very much like his own.

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316010707, Paperback)

Case one: A little girl goes missing in the night.

Case two: A beautiful young office worker falls victim to a maniac's apparently random attack.

Case three: A new mother finds herself trapped in a hell of her own making - with a very needy baby and a very demanding husband - until a fit of rage creates a grisly, bloody escape.

Thirty years after the first incident, as private investigator Jackson Brodie begins investigating all three cases, startling connections and discoveries emerge . . .

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Case One: Olivia Land, youngest and most beloved of the Land girls, goes missing in the night and is never seen again. Case Two: Theo delights in his daughter Laura's wit, beauty, and selfless love. But her first day as an associate in his law firm is also the day when Theo's world turns upside down. Case Three: Michelle looks around one day and finds herself trapped in a hell of her own making, with a very needy baby and a very demanding husband-until a fit of rage creates a grisly escape route...As Private Detective Jackson Brodie investigates all three cases, startling connections emerge. Inextricably caught up in his clients' emotions, Jackson finds their unshakable need for resolution very much like his own.… (more)

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