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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
Collections:Your library, To read
Rating:****
Tags:Mstery, Detective, British

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Case Histories by Kate Atkinson (2004)

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I vacuumed this book up. I thought her characters were well rounded (aided incredibly by their thoughts continually, and often comically, in parentheses) with the possible exception of Marlee. And they were a nice mix. The plot obviously kept me going, wanting to know what happened, and who knew what. Nicely satisfying multiple whodunnit, not overly intellectual, with good emotional connections to the characters.

What impressed me most was that I found her style of writing very easy to read, it didn't jar, it didn't feel like it was trying too hard, it just is, it's very natural. I'm sure she has to work hard to make it that easy, but it doesn't come across as overly worked, and I greatly admire her for that. I'll be reading more of her work. ( )
  devilish2 | Mar 11, 2014 |
Excellent set of long-unsolved mysteries, tied together by the PI, Jackson Brodie. There is the case of littel 3 y/o Olivia, lost some 30 years before, and her now adult sisters, Julia, Amelia, and Shirley (now a cloistered nun); the case of Laura Wyre, slashed to death in her father's office, perhaps by someone looking for her father, Theo... there are others as well. ( )
  DavidO1103 | Mar 1, 2014 |
I didn't finish this book. Just couldn't get into it.
  ChrissyChris | Feb 28, 2014 |
2.5 stars, dinged for weird structure, new characters appearing out of nowhere, and irritating prevalence of dogs. ( )
  sageness | Feb 7, 2014 |
Case Histories is described as a mystery, but I really would consider it more of a family drama and thriller. There are four intertwined storylines: three cold cases and a detective who is trying to solve them. I was fairly engaged through most of the book but it was not satisfying as a mystery - Jackson does solve the cases, in some sense, but to some extent they were more "revealed" to the reader than actually solved. The characters are not all that likeable and they seemed to lack depth; neither the characters nor the plot were always believable to me. The plot is definitely gritty in places as well, which is not really my thing. I enjoyed it while reading it but my overall impression is rather "meh". ( )
  sbsolter | Feb 6, 2014 |
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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 . . .

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:54:32 -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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