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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
Could have been a five, a very good read in the beginning and most of the middle but began loosing momentum at some point. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Really enjoyed reading it. The book was recommended by a fellow Book Club member and was a great holiday read.Published 1 month ago by Mrs S Smith
I didn't realise that I had missed this Jackson Brodie. As well written as every other book - I was a little muddled in the beginning - but it all soon became clear and I could... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Phillipa H.
I had watched these stories as a TV sequel which I really enjoyed. This book has intricate twists and turns which captivate and keep wanting to read more.Published 3 months ago by Fiona Brockwell