Case Histories: (Jackson Brodie)
Case Histories continues a winning streak for Kate Atkinson which began when her impressive novel Behind the Scenes at the Museum won the Whitbread First Novel Award. Since that book, Atkinson has gleaned a keen following of readers who are prepared to follow in the surprising directions the... show more
Case Histories continues a winning streak for Kate Atkinson which began when her impressive novel Behind the Scenes at the Museum won the Whitbread First Novel Award. Since that book, Atkinson has gleaned a keen following of readers who are prepared to follow in the surprising directions the unpredictable author takes us on. And Atkinson--so far--hasn’t let us down. The perfectly judged prose that distinguished Human Croquet is fully in evidence in Case Histories, and a new frisson here comes from the genre-stretching that Atkinson is indulging in. In some ways, this book could almost be seen as a new take on the crime novel (not the first genre one would expect the author to tackle), but the crime elements here Atkinson uses are peripheral. The protagonist here is a former police inspector who now makes a living as a private investigator. Jackson Brodie is making ends meet in a sweaty Cambridge summer and trying to deal with his own failed marriage. But if his life is adrift, perhaps Brodie can justify his existence via his belief that he can do some good for the people he encounters in his job. But he is to find that he will be irrevocably changed by those he is trying to help. As a vividly created cast of characters surround the beleaguered Brodie, all the novelistic skills that shone in Atkinson's earlier books are fully in play. Those deluded into thinking they've picked up something resembling a standard private eye novel will find something much more rich and strange; Atkinson goes from strength to strength.--Barry Forshaw
Publish date: June 1st 2005
Publisher: Black Swan
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
, British Literature
, Adult Fiction
, Mystery Thriller
Series: Jackson Brodie (#1)
I went back and forth on this one. I think in the end that one of the story-lines that we get introduced to ends up making no sense and was just used to introduce a character who would become important later. Two of the case histories I thought were done very well. That said, I ended up not liking a...
49. CASE HISTORIES, BY KATE ATKINSON (Book 1 of Jackson Brodie)Recommended by Laura, on Goodreads. I’m quite a fan of classical mystery and detective stories, but I try not to read too many of them at once so I won’t find them too repetitive. Synopsis: A middle-aged former policemen current private ...
What I learned: Apparently, I now read any book that's been blurbed by Stephen King. And I hardly ever like his books. Huh. My review: I recommend this book to people all of the time at the bookstore where I work and it's usually responded to positively. It's an intriguing mystery that doesn't feel ...
A blend of literary fiction and crime genre tropes, overall I think I'll continue with the series. This is quieter than most crime fiction I tend to like, but Kate Atkinson executed it well.
Kate Atkinson has a way of getting into all of her characters' heads in Case Histories. You're given different POVs throughout, which keeps the story from ever feeling stale or bland. It gives it a unique and personal touch. Even though this is a detective story, it's by no means a typical detecti...