bookshelves: hardback, one-penny-wonder, paper-read, autumn-2013, amusing, leeds, yorkshire, britain-england, mystery-thriller, series, published-2010, bedside, winter-20132014
Read from November 25 to December 07, 2013
Dedication: For my father
For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.
Opening: Leeds: 'Motorway City of the Seventies'. A proud slogan. No irony intended. Gaslight still flickered on some streets. Life in a northern town.
Yet again fantastic! Just started the TV series of this book and Victoria Wood is playing Tracey; how good can life get!?...Continua
This was a good mystery with seemingly unimportant threads which prove useful in the end. I look forward to reading the first book in the series, Case Histories.
Once again, Kate Atkinson established herself as an extremely gifted crime novelist as she renewed the rules of the tired genre and went deep on the human end in this voluminous, complex, from cover-to-cover engrossing book.
For a huge chunk of time, the evil at the heart of this story wasn't even identified as various characters who bore witness to a cruel but rather unsensational case of domestic violence at a mall were painstakingly introduced. Through the author's dead-on grasp of the regrets, frustrations and takes on life of this large cast of characters, however, we got a fascinating emotional map for each and one of them, their motives and actions, plans and aspirations, which was just a joy to read in the wickedly comic tone of voice she chose for the book . At the same time, there's always that unshakeable feeling of dread and foreboding in the background, hinted at by means of mysterious disappearances and hush-ups about an incident some 35 years ago. Padded with this rich, human backstory, when the shocking act of crime was finally revealed halfway through, the stakes were raised even higher, and the pace all the more breathtaking.
By the end of the book, one got the dictinct impression that not everything was explained and every loose end tied up, and the central mystery was not resolved in the most jump-out-of-seat kind of brilliant way, which is always a mild let-down for a promising crime tale. But in this case, the process of discovery counted much more than the actual find. All those love, hate, disappointments and rage at play made the search for a long-buried truth a marvel to watch, in and of itself. That the author could maintain the tricky balance between devilish humor and tragic sigh for such dark material is testament to her formidable writing prowess....Continua
it did start quite late, indeed, just around page 230: anyhow, she could afford it, being by now one of those established authors whose name on the book cover is bigger than the title, and more meaningful. the book depicts the usual depressing scenary in which each woman's reproductive apparatus dictates her own life set-up, while men have much better to do: but loads of female readers will gladly plunge into this....Continua
Another fabulous read by Kate Atkinson, my favourite contemporary English writer, featuring the main character Jackson Brodie again, who has been the thread running through the previous three 'crime' type novels by this writer. If you haven't read Kate Atkinson's other Jackson Brody novels yet (Case Histories, One Good Turn, When Will There Be Good News) read those first because it would be a shame for you not to understand the whole story (although it's not absolutely necessary in order to enjoy this one)....Continua