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Case Histories (original 2004; edition 2004)

by Kate Atkinson

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Member:rodrick
Title:Case Histories
Authors:Kate Atkinson
Info:Doubleday UK (2004), Hardcover, 304 pages
Collections:Public library, 2010-14
Rating:***1/2
Tags:fiction, mystery, British

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Case Histories: A Novel by Kate Atkinson (2004)

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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 |
This is the most satisfying mystery I have read in recent memory. I was really taken aback when thread after thread was revealed at the beginning of the book. I had some pessimism that the threads would all be resolved because I feel like I have been left disappointed with a lot of recent mysteries. Atkinson did a wonderful job of setting up several absorbing storylines from beginning to end. I will be definitely be reading the next book in this series. ( )
  alanna1122 | Jun 6, 2015 |
Jackson Brodie, a down-on-his-luck private detective, finds that his case load suddenly shifts from searching for missing cats and tailing potentially cheating spouses to much bigger fish to fry when three independent cold cases land on his desk. He finds himself entwined with a number of family problems and other sticky situations - including some attempts on his life - as his various cases alternately bypass each other and intersect one another.

I was pleasantly surprised with this book, especially after having gone in expecting to read a generic, run-of-the-mill mystery novel. Atkinson elevates the genre to a more literary height while still maintaining several aspects of it. For instance, Jackson is an almost textbook example of a genre PI - divorced, a loner, ex-cop, etc. At the same time, Atkinson is far more involved in developing fully realized characters and in writing pretty sentences than in stopping to hit every red herring at the right point. I absolutely loved getting in to all the various characters' heads - not just Jackson's but also those of the victims' remaining family members. I felt so attached to these characters that I hope we might see them again (even if just briefly) in the following books in the series.

Despite not being a traditional mystery and therefore having many reasons to hold the readers' attention, I was also very drawn into this book by the mysteries presented. One of the three cold cases was far less compelling than the other two (and also was given a less detailed treatment than the others. perhaps rightly so, although this could also be a chicken-and-egg situation), but the other two were very absorbing and were wrapped up in unexpected ways.

To sum up, I very much enjoyed this high-brow mystery and am looking forward to reading the next book in the series! ( )
  sweetiegherkin | May 10, 2015 |
I was underwhelmed by this. The structure didn't add to the mystery in my opinion, it really just seemed choppy for no reason. The plot just didn't hold together well, lacking that necessary cross connections and glue that having 4 storylines running in the same book require, underlined by the 3 cold cases continue to resolve (on their own) despite anything/everything. Some of the characters (Amelia, and Brody particularly) I do think are well drawn, but perhaps added to the "eh, crap, this could have been so much better" feeling I had from about half way onwards. ( )
  jessieb30 | Apr 22, 2015 |
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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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