A major event: a new novel by the Whitbread winner, her first novel since Emotionally Weird, and probably her most commercial book yet.
The scene is set in Cambridge, with three case histories from the past: A young child who mysteriously disappeared from a tent in her back garden; An unidentified man in a yellow jumper who marched into an office and slashed a young girl through the throat; and a young woman found by the police sitting in her kitchen next to the body of her husband, an axe buried in his head.
Jackson Brodie, a private investigator and former police detective, is quietly contemplating life as a divorced father when he is flung into the midst of these resurrected old crimes. Julia and Amelia Land enlist Jackson’s help to find out the truth about their younger sister. They embroil him in the complexities of their own jealousies, obsessions and lust.
Another woman named Shirley needs Jackson to help find her lost niece. Jackson meets solicitor Theo Wyre whose daughter, Laura, was murdered in his office and is desperate for Jackson to help him lay Laura's ghost to rest.
As he starts his investigations Jackson has the sinister feeling that someone is following him. In digging into the past Jackson seems to have unwittingly threatened his own future. This wonderfully crafted, intricately plotted novel is heartbreaking, uplifting, full of suspense and often very funny.
the first of the Jackson Brodie series. I enjoyed Private eye Jacksonìs casual investigations into 3 cold cases, all concerning very tragic crimes; the main protagonist did not fail to capture me with the ups and downs of his love relatiosnhips with the wrong women he meets and memories of his unfortunate family, albeit I had already read another book of the series. I loved the setting of all the stories described skillfully and the gallery of 'mad' women the man in question seems to encounter on his meanderings....Continua
...e non averlo sottomano da sfogliare. L'ho letto tempo fa e non ricordo granchè, ma soltanto ora mi decido a scrivere uno straccio di recensione.
Il protagonista, Jackson, è il classico investigatore con una vita/matrimonio/whatever fallito alle spalle. L'amore per sua figlia è il suo tratto migliore, più umano, che riesce a farci affezionare a lui come pochi libri sanno fare: non è un bello e maledetto, bensì un essere (molto) umano.
I casi risalgono a molti anni prima, e sono quasi dimenticati: il mio preferito è stato quello della scomparsa della piccola Olivia, e della sorte delle sue sorelle, seguito dalla ragazza uccisa e del dolore di suo padre. Il terzo caso, che ha per protagoniste una ragazza madre e sua figlia, è quello di cui ricordo di meno, ma ricordo che non mi aveva eccitata particolarmente.
Il lavoro di Jackson è diverso da quello di molti altri investigatori celebri: non si tratta delle analisi di prove e dna bensì di archeologia nelle menti dei testimoni.
We read this in my book group. We liked that it was set in Cambridge, where we are. It was a little confusing at first, jumping around. The little girl that goes missing and the toy tugs at your heart strings. And when the killer is revealed, their explanation is heart breaking....Continua
Antihero and former police inspector Jackson Brodie investigates three case histories while attempting to understand his own life. This is a thriller with more to it than the usual hand-me-down-salsa-of-the-day page-turner.
This is the real stuff!
I really enjoyed this book although not as much as When Will There Be Good News. The first of her novels centred around cases taken on by ex-policeman now PI, Brodie, Atkinson takes you into her characters musings on life after death and loss with witty observations. The cases are poignant, sad, inevitable and it is not just Brodie who is confused by the end. Not everything is tied up neatly leading to more confusion. Major and minor characters are rounded and full of life, even the sad ones....Continua