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When Will There Be Good News?: (Jackson Brodie)

When Will There Be Good News?: (Jackson Brodie) [Kindle Edition]

Kate Atkinson
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)

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Another Jackson Brodie thriller from the brilliant Kate Atkinson...the most enthralling to date. -- Mirror

Atkinson's pitch-perfect ear for dialogue is apparent...while there's plenty of blood and bitterness, redemption and resolve are well represented too. -- Independent

Faultless...plays with the tenets of the crime genre without ever sacrificing the essence of wit and nuance which make Atkinson's novels such jubilant reads. -- Scotland on Sunday

Funny, bracingly intelligent and delightfully prickly...Kate Atkinson is that rarest of beasts, a genuinely surprising novelist. -- Guardian

Gripping...Suspense is tinglingly maintained throughout...shot through with wry wit and gritty realism. -- Daily Express

Immaculately - even lovingly - paced...insightful, often funny, life-affirming. -- Sunday Telegraph

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Gripping...Suspense is tinglingly maintained throughout...shot through with wry wit and gritty realism.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 484 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385666837
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (10 Nov 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RSBKA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,216 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kate Atkinson won the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year prize with her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum. Her four bestselling novels featuring former detective Jackson Brodie became the BBC television series Case Histories, starring Jason Isaacs. Her latest novel Life After Life was shortlisted for the Women's (formerly Orange) Prize, the South Bank Sky Arts Literature Award, and won the 2014 Costa Novel Award. She was appointed MBE in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours List, and was voted Waterstones UK Author of the Year at the 2013 Specsavers National Book Awards.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kate Atkinson firing on all cylinders 10 Oct 2010
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This is Kate Atkinson's third novel to feature her private detective Jackson Brodie, so it probably helps to have started with the first, Case Histories, to have a feel for the back story - and the second, One Good Turn, also features another major player in this story - Louise Munroe, hard bitten but soft centred DCI. I found One Good Turn not quite as good as Case Histories but this sees her back on top form.

I've been a fan of Kate Atkinson's writing since her debut in Behind The Scenes At The Museum. The Jackson Brodie stories have several intertwining plot lines, including a twist at the end to something I hadn't realised was even a plot line until that point. She's a master story teller, her characterisation very sharp, and she makes amusing use of parentheses and italics to voice unspoken thoughts. She's also brilliant at time shifts and flashbacks, and shifts between everyday life and stark tragedy.

What's this one about? Without giving anything away, one storyline concerns the grown-up survivor of an horrific murder of a mother and two of her three children (reminiscent of a real and well-known murder) who is now a doctor married to a dodgy husband, another a sixteen year old girl called Reggie, a third Jackson Brodie, a fourth Louise Munroe. They intertwine and overlap brilliantly. I'm about to start on Kate Atkinson's latest Started Early, Took My Dog
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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful
By Ulysses
As the third in the Jackson Brodie series, I found KA's continuation of his life absolutely compelling. Each book builds on the foundations of the last, and I was unable to put this one down. Those people who speak of 'padding' and 'lack of believability' clearly have no understanding of the literary ability Atkinson wields as an author - all the knowing nods to other writers and genres, the clever little conceits she employs to tie her ideas together, the fact that she leaves a lot to the imagination, doesn't feel compelled to tie up every loose end (although if you read the whole series some loose ends are tied up in later books). She doesn't patronise you as a reader, she assumes a level of literary understanding and intellectual ability, and best of all she loves the pure musicality of the words on the page (see Emotionally Weird for proof of this!). I cannot wait for August when her next book is released, and have lent Case Histories, One Fine Day and When Will There Be Good News? to anyone I can think of, jumping up and down with glee as I see their enjoyment increasing exponentially with each new book. Open your minds a little, don't expect a Patricia Cornwell-esque read, recognise this writer's true ability and realise that her books are about more than just a detective story. You won't be able to put them down either in that case!
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117 of 132 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little cluttered, though I'm still a big fan 27 Aug 2008
I love Kate Atkinson's writing (I don't usually buy books in hardback!) and did enjoy this novel, finishing it in a matter of days.

However, I can't deny that it felt a little cluttered - too many perspectives; too many personal tragedies; too much drama and bloody violence. I felt that an awful lot had been packed in along the way and it began to feel unrealistic and unsubtle.

To my mind, the Needler story was unnecessary; Reggie's personal circumstances went from bad to unlikely; and all the key characters were a little too connected. A bit of coincidence is one thing, but this went too far. Perhaps it was meant to feel 'fateful' but it didn't quite work for me.

When writing from Jackson Brodie's perspective Kate Atkinson seems at her most comfortable, he's a rounded character and totally believable. For me, Reggie was endearing but didn't quite ring true and I am not at all keen on her new pet character, Louise Munroe. Not that it's vital to always like characters in novels, but she's clearly being established as a heroine, perhaps equal to Jackson, but for me she has few redeeming features. I simply don't want to know much more about her.

Given Kate Atkinson's talents as a writer (her colourful prose and characterisation draw the reader in from the very start) I feel she doesn't need to rely so heavily on crime as a genre. She built up her initial tale of the Mason family in a compelling way, only to destroy them a few pages later. It felt like a waste. I remember feeling the same way about Case Histories.

I look forward to her next novel but hope she tones down the crime elements just a little and focuses on her characters and insights into their lives and loves.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing third outing for Jackson Brodie 15 Nov 2009
By unlikely_heroine VINE VOICE
"When Will There Be Good News?" is the third novel Kate Atkinson has written about former soldier and policeman turned private investigator, Jackson Brodie. I found the premise of this book intriguing from the publicity around its release and its cover blurb, but went back to read Case Histories and One Good Turn: A Jolly Murder Mystery before coming back to this one. "Case Histories" was somewhat contrived but I still found it hugely enjoyable and with a satisfying ending. "One Good Turn" was, as sequels often are, weaker than the original, but it was still a mostly enjoyable read. "When Will There Be Good News?" is the least accomplished of the three novels and a book in which Atkinson's immensely readable writing style fails to hide considerable limitations in plotting, pacing and characterisation.

The novel opens with an effective flashback, a description of a disturbing crime in which a mother and two children are murdered in country fields following a summer's day picnic, with a third child managing to escape the carnage. Unfortunately, the book is downhill all the way from this opening chapter. I don't want to give away any details but suffice to say that the central mystery of the novel takes nearly two hundred pages to appear and is finally resolved in a deeply unsatisfying and unconvincing "throwaway" manner that has evidently, judging by many of the reviews here, left many readers feeling frustrated and cheated, as I did.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Another so-so
In this book the author takes the use of parenthesis to screechingly irritating new heights. Again the author's use of excessive detail (rather than poetical prose) is all rather... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Richard J. Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I liked this book it was easy to read and very engaging. Some of the coincidences were a bit hard to believe but in a work of fiction anything is possible. Read more
Published 13 days ago by bellatessan
2.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately disappointing.
Twenty 20's one star review sums this book up extremely well.
A lot of the book is very enjoyable.....But in the end the coincidences begin to grate very badly.... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Phil L.
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps the Jackson story moving
Very enjoyable and engaging.....a good cast of supporting characters and a few interesting twists in the plot. I'm looking forward to the next installment,
Published 1 month ago by Alan Eaton
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written English thriller
Good plot, characters, good story. There are rather a lot of characters to grapple with and there was a period when I had to think about who was who. Was the DCI wholly believable?
Published 1 month ago by Dudley Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
This is the second book that I've read in the Jackson Brodie series and the author's style of introducing several, apparently unlinked, characters early in the story is intriguing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by FiFitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Love all Kate Atkinson's books. Have read all of her books so far and always waiting for the next one.
Published 1 month ago by Dot Lawes
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
I'm reading my way through Kate Atkinson with relish, and I couldn't put "When will there be good news?" down. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ms. K. Dean-arshadi
5.0 out of 5 stars Jackson Brodie - He's a great guy !!
I love the books by Kate Atkinson with Jackson Brodie in them , they are cleverly written, his character is strong and he feels like a real person! Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. Winfield
2.0 out of 5 stars Confusing & disappointing. I just couldn't get into this book
Unfortunately I couldn't be bothered to find out when there'd be good news & gave this one up halfway through.
Published 2 months ago by Emerald
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