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Kate Atkinson , Ellen Archer
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Sept. 1 2008
In rural Devon, six-year-old Joanna Mason witnesses an appalling crime. Thirty years later the man convicted of the crime is released from prison. In Edinburgh, sixteen-year-old Reggie works as a nanny for a G.P. But Dr Hunter has gone missing and Reggie seems to be the only person who is worried. Across town, Detective Chief Inspector Louise Monroe is also looking for a missing person, unaware that hurtling towards her is an old friend - Jackson Brodie - himself on a journey that becomes fatally interrupted.
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Starred Review. In Atkinson's stellar third novel to feature ex-cop turned PI Jackson Brodie (after One Good Turn), unrelated characters and plot lines collide with momentous results. On a country road, six-year-old Joanna Mason is the only survivor of a knife attack that leaves her mother and two siblings dead. Thirty years later, after boarding the wrong train in Yorkshire, Brodie is almost killed when the train crashes. He's saved by 16-year-old Regina Reggie Chase, the nanny of Dr. Joanna Hunter, née Mason. In the chaos following the crash, Brodie ends up with the wallet of Andrew Decker, the recently released man convicted of murdering the Mason family. Enter DCI Louise Monroe, Brodie's former love interest, who's tracking Decker because of a recent case involving a similar family and crime. When Dr. Hunter disappears, Reggie is convinced she's been kidnapped and enlists the reluctant Brodie to track her down. A lesser author would buckle under so many story lines, but Atkinson juggles them brilliantly, simultaneously tying up loose ends from Turn and opening new doors for further Brodie misadventures. (Sept.)
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"In Atkinson's stellar third novel to feature ex-cop turned PI Jackson Brodie (after One Good Turn), unrelated characters and plot lines collide with momentous results... A lesser author would buckle under so many story lines, but Atkinson juggles them brilliantly, simultaneously tying up loose ends from Turn and opening new doors for further Brodie misadventures." -- "Publishers Weekly" (starred review) "READER, SUSPEND DISBELIEF. Find something high-flown, and attach with care, then send your critical faculties hurtling. Kate Atkinson's latest (darkest? bloodiest? most free-wheeling?) slice of make-belief has attitude and altitude in abundance. It pushes its luck in taking coincidence and outlandishness to levels of sheer unadulterated chutzpah, and by its stomach-curdling ending, it's so accelerated that you're waiting for the wheels to come off. They don't." -- "The Scotsman""It doesn't really matter in which genre Atkinson chooses to write. Her subject is always the irrecoverable loss of love and how best to continue living once you have glumly recognised that that was what the world was like, things improved but they didn't get better. Her gift is presenting this unnerving and subversive philosophy as a dazzling form of entertainment."" -- The Sunday Times""Kate Atkinson is an absolute must-read. I love everything she writes." -- Harlan Coben "Atkinson has turned the corner from writing wonderfully rich literary novels with mysteries at their core to writing mysteries with rich literary style." -- "Los Angeles Times" "Atkinson's novel is like something her detective might drink in the wee hours after knocking around the docks, something straight up witha twist." "The Globe and Mail" "The most fun I've had with a novel this year." Ian Rankin "Clever, wry and highly readable. . . . Almost every coincidence is delicious and not a little comic." "Toronto Star" "An absolute joy to read." "The Guardian" (UK) "A remarkable feat of storytelling bravado." "Washington Post" "An engrossing, enjoyable, complex novel packed with intriguing characters, vividly imagined scenes and a compelling plot." "Times Literary Supplement" (UK) "Compelling from the start" - "Vogue""Atkinson unravels the plot with dexterity and insightful aplomb" - "Easy Living""Atkinson's writing is charming, and her style and wit always a delight" - "Literary Review".,."a brilliantly observed drama on the nature of fate, love and memory" - "Marie Claire""The opening chapter of Kate Atkinson's latest book is one of the finest pieces of suspense literature you will read this year" - "The London Lite""Superb writing and accomplished plots" - "Glamour""Unconventional and thrilling crime fiction at its best" - "The List""An exhilarating jigsaw of a novel" - "Woman and Home".,."she stitches the seeming discordant plots into one big harmonious patchwork, where every stitch is a careful stitch and every patch operates both on its own merits and as part of the whole"" - Scotland on Sunday".,."it's the kind of wonderful novel that simultaneously grips and transports you" - "Sainsbury's Magazine""The novel grips, excites, moves, amuses and will have you racing through the pages" - "Waterstone's Books Quarterly""This is a perceptive glimpse into the legacy of the real victims- those left behind when their loved ones are taken from them" - "Psychologies" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars One Common Thread... Jan. 20 2009
A woman and three children are living in the country; a husband is off writing his novels and having affairs - in the city - and against this backdrop, the unexpected happens. On an otherwise blissful day, an intruder stalks into all of their lives, murdering the woman and two of her children, while another child cowers in the field nearby, unharmed.

Except, of course, for that nasty post-traumatic stress disorder that clings to her - forever.

This is the past, to which the reader is introduced in When Will There Be Good News?, followed by an influx of seemingly unrelated characters - Reggie, who is Dr. Hunter's nanny; Louise, an unhappily-married police officer, fondly recalling a love she almost had, a long time ago; Jackson, married twice and cuckolded by a lover, whose infant child may inadvertently belong to him; and Ms. MacDonald, a former teacher, now retired. Somehow, all of these disparate individuals are connected by at least one common thread.

A train wreck...Indeed, as one character hurtles along on a train headed toward London, or so Jackson believes, it is actually headed toward Edinburgh. When it lurches and turns on its side, its passengers tossed about, everything becomes tangled - literally. When Jackson ends up in hospital, miraculously kept alive by CPR administered by one Reggie Chase, he has the wrong ID on him. This fact sets the tale in a completely different direction.

Unbeknownst to these two characters - Reggie, the nanny, and Jackson, a former police detective - Dr. Hunter and her baby have gone missing. Ah, yes - Dr.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rivetting Read! Jan. 8 2009
By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
This is the story of three women, one who survived a brutal family crime when she was a child, another who recently experienced the same and one who grieves from a particularly unsettling sudden family death. While all three characters are delved into; it is the grown woman who finds that her past is about to meet up with her present when the criminal's release date from prison (after thirty years) comes and goes. She is advised to get away for a while just to make sure she's safe and can keep her mind off it and then the next day she simply disappears without a word to anyone. The local DI believes her advice was taken, one person thinks she's been kidnapped and one person knows what really happened to her. This is a thrilling ride of psychological suspense.

I found the setting of Scotland to be very interesting and different as most of my crime reading takes place in either England or the US. The Scottish way of life certainly added a unique flavour to the story. The writing is skillful as the author slowly releases a plot that unravels page by page. The reader does not know where the story is going until each secret is revealed. Even though the story slowly unravels I still found this to be a page-turner as I couldn't help but need to know just where this story was going and where it would end up.

Each chapter is written from the point of view of several different characters. This is a little bit unsettling at first as each of the first few chapters seem unrelated but when connections are made a light goes off in your head and you realize just how intricately interwoven the lives and crimes of several people are intertwined. Simply brilliantly written. I will be going back to read the first two books in this series quite soon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Atkinson keeps hitting the mark Oct. 29 2008
I enjoyed the other two Jackson Brodie books enormously and this third book didn't disappoint. Literate, well developed and just verging on plausible - Kate Atkinson brings together intricate plots and likable characters in a satisfying feast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jackson Brodie at his Best April 8 2011
By Heather Pearson TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is Jackson Brodie at his finest. Well, actually it's not. He is in fact rather broken and definitely not 'fine'. It started out as a simple plan, take the train to the Yorkshire Dales, complete a small 'job' , and then take the train home before anyone noticed he was gone. It didn't turn out anything like he planned.

Dr. Joanne Hunter's day didn't turn out as she planned either. Thirty years earlier her mother, sister and baby brother had been murdered by a stranger, and today she learned that the murderer was now out of jail.

Reggie's goal for the day was to meet with her tutor, have a small dinner and get in lots of studying. She did get two of three items accomplished before her world was turned on the end.

It didn't take many pages before I found myself captivated by Reggie. She had so many stumbling blocks in her road of life, but she continued to pick herself up and and push forward. Please Ms. Atkinson, don't leave me hanging, I need to know more about Reggie and how she fares in the future with her life and her studies. Will she meet up with Detective Chief Inspector Louise Monroe again, or will it be with Jackson Brodie himself.

This third Jackson Brodie novel kept me on the edge of my seat reading. I couldn't put it down till I knew that Reggie would be safe. Oh yeah, I did have concern about Jackson and Louise, but they are adults and I had to give them credit that they would land on their feet, though perhaps I should worry a bit more about Jackson.
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