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

by Kate Atkinson

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Member:BethArcher
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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Read from October 18 to 26, 2014

I love the way Kate Atkinson tells a story and I loved the mysteries introduced in this novel.

Each character is complete, each story slowly unfolds with clever hints for the reader sprinkled throughout, each page moves the story forward. She's just brilliant.

Can't wait to get to the next Jackson Brodie book!

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10/19 marked as: currently-reading
10/19 page 44 11.0% "Oh my...make sure the axe is hidden after the baby is born.
10/24 page 148 38.0% ""No woman was ever truly safe.... because wherever you went there were men. Crazy men." Depressingly true."
10/26 marked as: read ( )
  melissarochelle | Oct 27, 2014 |
After loving Kate Atkinson's "Life After Life," the first of her novels I read, and skimming the book's covers and opening pages of effusive praise for "Case Histories" - which I usually take with grains of salt, but did less so this time - I had high hopes for this book. Alas, I was disappointed. Atkinson is undoubtedly a masterful storyteller, weaving together seeming disparate cases into a narrative whole. Her characters were skillfully brought to life: I could picture each one, their mannerisms, their appearance, their environments, all of the details that bring depth, with one major exception - I was unable to form a mental picture of Jackson Brodie. I also failed to like any of the characters, other than Jackson's daughter, and only continued reading to see how Atkinson would weave their stories together. On the whole, I did not enjoy this book, and while I may read more by Atkinson, they will not be from her Jackson Brodie series. ( )
  grkmwk | Oct 21, 2014 |
Good writing and a very likeable protagonist, a retired Police Inspector, now PI, working on cold cases. ( )
  clue | Oct 9, 2014 |
The sweet youngest daughter in the family goes missing one hot summer night. A lawyer's teenage daughter is killed in a senseless act of violence at his workplace. A mother goes crazy after the birth of her daughter and goes to jail for killing her husband. What do these three cases have in common? They have all landed on the desk of private investigator Jackson Brodie. Brodie's got problems of his own. His wife has remarried, his precocious daughter is dressing way beyond her years, and the strange cat lady keeps calling. But all the cases are converging and Brodie keeps finding out things the original investigators missed, and now someone wants to end his life too. Funny, strange, and very personal, Atkinson shines light in the dark and funny spaces in her characters' heads. ( )
1 vote Hanneri | Jul 20, 2014 |
I've heard so many great things about this book on LT, and I'm happy to say I wasn't disappointed. This is a mystery that weaves several cold cases together that detective Jackson Brodie works to solve. I actually didn't think the mysteries were all that mysterious, but the character writing in this book is amazing. Atkinson shifts point of view between chapters and very successfully creates different third person voices for each of her main characters. I'm definitely interested in reading more of her work. ( )
1 vote japaul22 | Jul 5, 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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