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Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

Case Histories (original 2004; edition 2005)

by Kate Atkinson

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Title:Case Histories
Authors:Kate Atkinson (Author)
Info:Black Swan (2005), Edition: paperback / softback, Unknown Binding
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Tags:fiction, 2000s, series, detective, mystery, family, UK

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Case Histories: A Novel by Kate Atkinson (2004)

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This is the first book in Atkinson's Jackson Brodie series. My previous experience with Atkinson was Life After Life and A God in Ruins, both of which I loved, so I had high expectations. I was not disappointed. Three cold cases are brought to Jackson Brodie, former military, former policeman, and now private investigator. The first case is about a little girl who went missing 30 years ago; the second involves a teenage girl murdered 10 years previously, just as she is set to go off to college; the third is related to a case where a young new mother snaps when her crying baby and demanding husband become too much for her. As Jackson unravels the mysteries, the stories become entwined. The characters are terrific and move the stories along as much as the plots do. ( )
  NanaCC | Sep 4, 2015 |
The beginning of the book started out great, the introduction of the three cases pulled me in right away and I was looking forward to an interesting read, hoping to figure out how, if at all, the three cases were connected. Unfortunately, the book fell short of expectations, the rest of the book began to drag on and that initial intrigue and push I had at the beginning of the book, disappeared. One of the reasons my drive to finish the book fell and most of my interest was the characters. Amelia and Julia were major turnoffs for me, I felt the made the story come to a stop, their eccentric personalities did nothing for me and irritated me more than anything. I felt very little about their story helped move their part of the case forward.

Other characters were fine, but they didn't hook me in to the book like the first part of the story did. While their cases had some interesting aspects to it, I was already turned off by the book by that point. Jackson Brodie as a character is fine, although there wasn't anything special about him to make him stand out for me.

The end of the book does tie things up. But, I'm not sure how I feel how things worked out by the end.

Overall, a strong start, but a not so satisfying read in the end.

Also found on my book review blog Jules' Book Reviews - Case Histories ( )
  bookwormjules | Aug 24, 2015 |
A literary mystery, more character- than plot-driven. Introduces Jackson Brodie, former military, former cop, current PI, who's retained to solve three unrelated cold cases. A little bit hopscotchy in structure, but not confusingly so. ( )
  beaujoe | Aug 20, 2015 |
An engrossing story joining characters from three very different long unsolved murder cases being re-investigated by a p.i.Two of the cases were very intriguing and kept me reading into the night, yet in each case, the final solution was not very fulfilling. ( )
  njinthesun | Jul 9, 2015 |

Lo hubiera disfrutado mucho mas si no hubiese visto los dos primeros capítulos de la serie con el genial actor protagonico Jason Isaac (a.k.a el papa de Draco Malfoy ; a.k.a Garfio en la mejor película de Peter Pan que se hizo la del 2000 y monedas).

Aun así ,muy buen libro de misterio ; cercano por momentos a "Los hombres que no amaban a las mujeres" pero sin la genialidad de Lisbeth Salander .

Junio 2013

So , here I am , stalking Jason Isaacs again .

Love the series , so why not give the books a chance?

So far , amazing.
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  LaMala | Jun 7, 2015 |
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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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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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