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Case Histories (2004)

by Kate Atkinson

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Series: Jackson Brodie (1)

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Private detective Jackson Brodie finds his own need for resolution sparked by three investigations, including that of two sisters who discover a shocking clue to the disappearance of their third sister thirty years earlier.
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David Klotz recommendation. Nice writing but melding of multiple cases diffused things - wouldn't likely read any more by her. ( )
  wordloversf | Aug 14, 2021 |
Great characters, story moves along at a good pace. Plenty of twists till the end. ( )
  caanderson | Jul 25, 2021 |
Okay, I’m ready to admit that I’m a thorough Kate Atkinson fan. This book subverted my expectations from start to finish. When I learned that it was the first of a series about a detective, Jackson Brodie, I was expecting something halfway between Philip Marlowe and Lord Peter Whimsey. But Brodie isn’t introduced until chapter four. The first three chapters introduce three “cases,” but they are like the beginnings of three novels. The effect of this is to make one care about the victims as protagonists in their own stories.
The inventiveness doesn’t end there but continues throughout the book. Which is possibly already saying too much. So I’ll leave it at that. ( )
  HenrySt123 | Jul 19, 2021 |
Well that was fun! Loved listening to it in Audible. Already got the next book in the series. Thanks to Amy Byrnes and Kathy Brown for the suggestion! ( )
  scoene | Jul 13, 2021 |
Not blown away. ( )
  allan.nail | Jul 11, 2021 |
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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.”
 
Atkinson has always been a gripping storyteller, and her complicated narrative crackles with the earthy humor, vibrant characterizations, and shrewd social observations that enlivened her first novel but were largely swamped by postmodern game-playing in Human Croquet (1997) and Emotionally Weird (2000).
 

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Atkinson, Kateprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Arduini, Adasecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Isaacs, JasonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jameson, SusanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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Private detective Jackson Brodie finds his own need for resolution sparked by three investigations, including that of two sisters who discover a shocking clue to the disappearance of their third sister thirty years earlier.

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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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3 editions of this book were published by Hachette Book Group.

Editions: 0316010707, 0316033480, 1600245005

 

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