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

by Kate Atkinson

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Member:ablachly
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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#7 of the 10 novels of Kate Atkinson. I've been reading them in the wrong order -- 8, 1, 2, 7, 10, 9, 5 -- but the order doesn't matter. They all work standalone and, indeed, things change from book to book anyway. This is the first of the Jackson Brodie detective stories and I think the later ones are better. Only because the final resolution of this one seemed a bit unsatisfactory and mechanical. Still, she's a fabulous writer. Every page is worthwhile. ( )
  PhilipJHunt | Jul 21, 2016 |
Interesting characters and premise, and yet somehow felt unsatisfying at the end. I'm not sure anyone actually received justice and, frankly, it was written in such a way that you don't really know what would constitute justice. There's a difference between the complexities of reality and creating something that seems to deliberately paint the world into shades of grey for what appears to be the purpose of moral equivocation.
I'll have to think some more about how I really feel about this one. At one point--as recent as the last three chapters, where I thought of this a s 4-star, but ultimately felt it only merited three. I almost added more Kate Atkinson to my to-read list, but now that status is merely pending.
The prose is fine, and I think she used the technique of showing the same event from multiple vantage points quite effectively. I enjoyed the humor--almost Dave Barry-esque in the use of parentheticals to call out the mild bizzareness of modern life. ( )
  gpaisley | Jun 18, 2016 |
Liked the writing style - a bit ADHD! Will read more. ( )
  Sergeirocks | Jun 15, 2016 |
couldn't put it down! Stayed up waaay late to finish the book.
Excellent. ( )
  GeetuM | Jun 3, 2016 |
couldn't put it down! Stayed up waaay late to finish the book.
Excellent. ( )
  GeetuM | Jun 3, 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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