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Case Histories: A Novel by Kate Atkinson
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Case Histories: A Novel (2004)

by Kate Atkinson

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Series: Jackson Brodie (1)

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An above average mystery novel. Perfect for the beach. ( )
  Rdra1962 | Aug 1, 2018 |
The youngest daughter in a family of four vanishes one night. A wife overwhelmed with her new baby rages at her husband, who is dead before the day is through. The daughter of an obese lawyer is murdered on her first day of work at her father's firm. A ninety-year-old widow is missing some of her cats. These are merely some of the mysteries Jackson Brodie, unhappily divorced private eye with a beloved 8-year-old daughter, must solve. Atkinson weaves the fates of her cast of characters as skillfully as an expert quiltmaker, and sprinkles the narrative with a patchwork of colorful lesser characters, all of them expertly embodied. You know these souls as well as you know your own friends (whose mysteries will always bewilder you).

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  deckla | May 23, 2018 |
I just could not get into this book. The story was choppy jumping all over the place to different stories problems and people. I could not get interested. ( )
  Thelmajean | Apr 29, 2018 |
Not too sure how I felt about this one. Thought the concept was a good one, and it was written really well, but I was uncomfortable about the treatment of women. Granted, the crimes detailed in the book are specifically against women, but I was also disturbed by the protaganist's view of women. Perhaps I was being a little sensitive about it, but there was definitely something I didn't like. Overall this was a highly enjoyable read. ( )
  gossamerchild88 | Mar 30, 2018 |
Read this after watching the BBC series w/Jason Isaacs (yum), a perfect Jackson Brodie (P.I. once a soldier, then a copper). One of those where both the novel AND the show are good, and I understand the relatively minor changes they made for the screenplay.
Set in Cambridge (show set in Edinburgh)it is a series of unfinished/cold cases that intertwine as Jackson is hired on to investigate.
Not forced. My only difficulty was keeping the names of past characters straight - not much to complain about.
Looking forward to more of the series - both book and BBS/PBS. ( )
  kmajort | Feb 9, 2018 |
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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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Book description
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 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:00 -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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