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Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

Case Histories (original 2004; edition 2004)

by Kate Atkinson

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Title:Case Histories
Authors:Kate Atkinson
Info:Doubleday UK (2004), Hardcover, 304 pages
Collections:Public library, 2010-14
Tags:fiction, mystery, British

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The first three chapters of Case Histories: A Novel are three separate tragedy vignettes, all with unrelated characters. A small child disappears in the night with her stuffed blue mouse. A young woman is gunned down at her father's workplace. There is domestic violence.

We then meet Jackson, a detective, and events and players gradually come together and relationships and mysteries come clear. Atkinson keep the tension high as she gradually brings us details of each situation and character. A very good read. ( )
  lisalangford | Feb 5, 2015 |
This is really a cross-genre kind of book... kind of a mystery, but without the intensity. More literary with better character development. 3 unsolved murder/missing person cases which through one investigator somehow resolve as he's bumping through his own quirky life, surrounded by lovable, yet disturbed characters. The resolutions seem a little far fetched given their long-standing unsolved status, but they make for unexpected turns. ( )
  asawyer | Dec 31, 2014 |
In most mysteries, the characters and events can be far-fetched and hard to believe. Kate Atkinson weaves a story around convincing characters, plausible events, bringing them all to a satisfying conclusion. Jackson Brodie, police detective-turned-private detective is a very appealing character - the reader is immediately on his side. Atkinson will remain at the top of my list of favourite authors. ( )
1 vote VivienneR | Dec 9, 2014 |
I didn't really know anything about this book when I grabbed it from a library book sale a couple of years ago, and I didn't really know anything about it before I started reading. I was pleasantly surprised at how engrossing it is - most definitely one of the best books I've read thus far this year. ( )
  megansbooklist | Nov 30, 2014 |
Case Histories by Kate Atkinson; (2 1/2*)

I am afraid that this story did not work well for me. I was so interested in the initial 'case history' but lost interest after a bit. Initially I did not even complete the book. But it remained in my head for days and I kept thinking that I must have missed something. So I went back to it and sure enough, I had missed something. The fact that all of these 'case histories' were all tied together in one way or another was the bit that I simply had not 'got'.
The story of Olivia being taken at age 3 from her yard by someone/something certainly drew me in. But the other cases got in the way of this storyline for me until I went back to it for a second red. And I was unable to wrap my head around Brody, the investigator on the case some years later. I wish the story had been told in a straight ahead manner and then I think I could have cared.
I think Atkinson a very fine writer but her style in this book turned me rather cold on it.
In the end I did end up enjoying the book but not the manner in which it was written. Normally a book that bounces back and forth in the lives of the characters nor one where the main characters change for periods of time do not trouble me. With Case Histories, these things did bother me.
So I am glad that I returned to the book and completed it but will I go on with the series? Probably not. ( )
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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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How lucky were they? A heat wave in the middle of the school holidays, exactly where it belonged.
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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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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