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When Will There Be Good News? (2008)

de Kate Atkinson

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Séries: Jackson Brodie (3)

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The author of One Good Turn presents a mystery of suspense involving the unexpected intersection of three lives, including a woman whose life had been shattered thirty years earlier, an ex-detective on a crowded train, and a teenage girl who is called upon to test her preparedness.
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Review: When Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson.

This is a book that is striking and a quality of dark material but the author with her creative way from being dense and depressing and turns into something which is racy and even funny at times without being unjust to her characters. The subject matter is open but there is also a subplot involving Jackson Brodie, a detective from some of the author’s other books officering insight on a more cynical modern world.

There are very believable characters with plenty of twist and turns throughout the book. The story jumps into high gear when Brodie, Louise, Jackson and Reggie wind up traveling in the same car and join forces to make this story intriguing. The setting of this book is mostly in Scotland around Edinburgh with some Glaswegian thugs thrown in to enhance the story.

This is a gripping suspenseful story with fascinating new characters added with the Brodie bunch whose lives and philosophies may be different from one another but each one held their own character roles with Atkinson’s great character development. ( )
  Juan-banjo | Aug 1, 2021 |
Even before I had ever heard of Kate Atkinson, I loved the title of this book. After several years of worsening health issues in the family, I felt like I was always asking myself "when will there be GOOD news?" The good news is that Atkinson has written another entertaining who-done-it with enough tangled plot lines and intriguing characters to keep your mind off of real life troubles. Poor Jackson Brodie can't catch a break: he is in a train crash, loses his memory (temporarily), and has various women to protect. Atkinson does her magic and, though wildly implausible, the plot comes together and the reader feels wholly satisfied. ( )
  Marse | Jul 29, 2021 |
I am a huge fan of Kate Atkinson in general, but especially of her Jackson Brodie novels. I've rarely encountered a single genre-enmeshed detective story so well written, with such fantastic, well-rounded characters, and with a complex plot that actually comes together completely at the end and leaves me wanting for nothing... much less five of these books all in the same series. Atkinson is a master at her craft. Any living writer out there today should try to be more like her, regardless of their genre (or lack thereof). One point I'll make repeatedly as I review these books is how fascinating it is that aside from perhaps the first in this series, Jackson, the detective in these detective stories, is actually the least important character involved. All of the characters around him, what they do, what they've done, where they come from, who they are, are much more critical to each of these individual novels. I read once that traditional martial arts movies only need the barest plot, which is like a clothesline upon which to hang as many action sequences as possible. Well, in these books Jackson serves as the clothesline for all of the other characters' stories. He gets involved, to a degree, but even he isn't always the one solving the mystery or saving the day. It's as if, after the first book, she just needed a common thread to tie them together, and he was willing to play along. Anyway (as I tend to digress...) if you have the time and are interested in superbly written mysteries, give these a try. ( )
  invisiblelizard | Jul 18, 2021 |
Kate Atkinson writes books the absolutely defy classification. In my mind she is the immediate precursor to the incredibly rich mystery/thrillers that Tana French writes. Her language is beautiful, her characters complex (to the point of exasperation and causing me to yell at the book...not effective btw), and her stories touching in a real way that is as far from cloying as is possible. I think we all have a need to put things into boxes, to essentially make the world binary and definite, and this is just not how life is. These books reflect that basic truth. They are also classified as "Jackson Brodie books" and while that is definitely true, he is in all of them and plays an important role, he is really no more than 33% of this book as Ms. Atkinson creates other wonderful people to get to know. Family is central to this book and each of the characters has to deal with the messy realities of their own family, to often hilarious and dangerous results. She has a way of describing people that sticks with you, for instance "she drove in the way that an excitable and nearsighted chimpanzee might have done" and "a hippie-ish, well-intentioned woman called Jenny who looked as if she’d knitted herself". I love how she can capture the essential personality of Scottish folk with "'Fine,' she said, using the universal Scottish word for every state of being from 'I’m dying in anguish' to 'I’m experiencing euphoric joy.'” I think she is moving up on my list of active writers with each book I read. I started with her "literature" books and then read one of the newer Jackson Brodie books before I started going back to fill in on the series from the start. I have paced myself so that I have always has a new one to read in my future, but now I have just one more to read before I'm caught up. I'll save it for a time when I want a book that satisfies so many of my reading needs. ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
What I learned from this book is that people from Glasgow are called Glaswegians (had no idea about that one!) and that I really like Kate Atkinson's style. ( )
  jlweiss | Apr 23, 2021 |
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Fact: Atkinson doesn’t write typical crime novels, but literary hybrids. ... Despite an arresting first chapter, what seems of most interest to Atkinson isn’t the solving of crimes, but the solving of the problem of being alive. ... the absence of sustained suspense begins to fray our connection to the characters. Sensing perhaps that she’s lollygagging, Atkinson sprints for the last 75 pages, delivering a rushed, overly neat ending that, while cleanly tying up the big threads, leaves many questions about the characters and their futures unanswered.
adicionado por davidcla | editarNew York Times, Elissa Schappell (Oct 10, 2008)
 
A third appearance for former police investigator and private detective Jackson Brodie in this psychologically astute thriller from Atkinson (One Good Turn, 2006, etc.). ... Like the most riveting BBC mystery, in which understated, deadpan intelligence illuminates characters’ inner lives within a convoluted plot.
adicionado por davidcla | editarKirkus Reivews (Sep 24, 2008)
 
adicionado por davidcla | editarThe Guardian (UK), Patrick Ness (Aug 15, 2008)
 

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