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Case Histories: A Novel by Kate Atkinson

Case Histories: A Novel (original 2004; edition 2005)

by Kate Atkinson

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Title:Case Histories: A Novel
Authors:Kate Atkinson
Info:Back Bay Books (2005), Paperback, 336 pages
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Case Histories: A Novel by Kate Atkinson (2004)

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The book jacket blurbs had phrases like "funny, furious" and "extravagantly inventive", but I only saw that at the very end of the novel. Maybe because the earlier parts focused a little too much on the sad sack characters Amelia and Theo. If the rest of the novel had the same verve as the last part, this would have been a 4 star for me. ( )
  badube | Mar 6, 2019 |
Atkinson writes a mystery that turns out to be a novel ; while the resolutions may be somewhat lacking, there's enough character building that its almost irrelevant to greater progression / resolution of the characters themselves. ( )
  A-S | Jan 6, 2019 |
I devoured this book. The characters had depth, the stories blended together seamlessly, a page-turning plot structure...very well done. ( )
  kristilabrie | Dec 9, 2018 |
I picked this book up after reading's Stephen King's praise splashed tastelessly across the cover: "The best mystery of the decade."

Was Case Histories the best mystery of the decade? Of course not. The premise was fascinating but poorly executed. The plot holes exhausted me. I guess I liked it more than I disliked it (I was never tempted to set it aside) but I would still recommend that you skip this one. ( )
  bookishblond | Oct 24, 2018 |
One of the best mysteries I've ever read. Great as a novel, as well. I loved the multi-faceted characters and the plot that gradually let you in on secrets. ( )
  JanetNoRules | Sep 17, 2018 |
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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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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.

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.

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 . . .

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:00 -0400)

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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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