When Will There Be Good News?

When Will There Be Good News?

A Novel

Book - 2008/09/24
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Presents a tale 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.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2008/09/24
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316154857
0316154857
Branch Call Number: FICTION ATKINSON
Characteristics: 388 p

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Ifrit
Jun 13, 2017

Hard to star this one. For me, it read like two separate books. After the killings that set up the story, everything slowed down and the story became about the small, everyday things that happen in the lives of all of the characters (and there are quite a few) over time, and I wondered if we were ever going to get back to the main event. This went on for half the book. But once we got back to the murders, and several other intertwined criminal activities, things picked up and I enjoyed the story quite a bit. It's quite an obvious division, and makes me wonder if the author enjoyed developing her characters so much that she forgot about the point of the story. OR...the point of the story was in fact the character development, in which case it was I who missed the point. Things get tied up (for the most part) at the end, but for myself, I could have done with less of what seemed like dithering at the start. Still, I will be giving this author another try.
NOTE: I should add that I 'read' this story as an audiobook, which made keeping track of the smaller characters dicey. In the final chapter or two, when the author makes sure that everyone gets an ending to their particular part of the story, it would have been handy to be able to flip back through a hard copy to remind myself who some of them were.

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miaone
Mar 26, 2016

Facinating. It grabbed me and wouldn't let go. Turned corners I didn't expect.

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chromybaby33
Sep 13, 2015

The story starts out with a grisly murder scene then goes into a series of small events and too many new characters to keep track of, leaving me to wonder when there will be any real story line. Unfortunately, I stopped reading before I could find out.

WVMLStaffPicks Oct 26, 2014

Atkinson’s third mystery featuring ex-cop turned PI Jackson Brodie. A little girl hides in a corn field to escape an attacker who murders the rest of her family. Thirty years later Brodie jumps on the wrong train and is almost killed. He is rescued by a young girl who involves him in a complicated search for a missing person. Atkinson brings all these plots together brilliantly and offers the reader wonderful character studies.

hania4987 Jan 16, 2014

this is the third of Jackson Brodie books. It was easier to follow all the intertwined stories because of the two anchor characters of Jackson and Louise.

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Roundcat
Apr 12, 2012

Once again the puzzle pieces of this story all make a picture with a major surprise at the end that changes the whole perspective of the picture--if you've read the whole book. Amazing how Atkinson skillfully puts all the pieces in place, then pulls them all together.

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R_2
Dec 06, 2011

I've been working my way through mystery/detective novels from Britain/Scotland/Iceland/Netherlands. Kate Atkinson was recommended by a coworker.

I loved this book. The author's character development is what makes it an enjoyable read. I kept reading it because I wanted to know what was going to happen. Doesn't get much better than that.

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LuvToLearn
Nov 18, 2011

Great character-driven suspense.

littlecarolina22 Oct 31, 2011

Jackson Brodie series, Book 3

kcs76 Oct 19, 2011

Another very entertaining, well plotted crime novel. Atkinson has created some marvelous characters to accompany Jackson Brodie on his continuing adventures.

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