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When Will There Be Good News?
on 29 June 2013
This is the third novel featuring Jackson Brodie and it also features other characters who will be familiar to fans of this series. At one point in the story a character exclaims, "We all know each other? How's that for a coincidence?" Indeed, it does seem that a series of mistakes and circumstances mean that the cast of characters do end up together, but Kate Atkinson deals with the plot deftly and with dark humour. Catching the wrong train by mistake means that Jackson Brodie ends up in Edinburgh, instead of London, where he meets up again with Detective Chief Inspector Louise Monroe - who featured in the previous novel. However, their paths had diverged until they both become involved with the search for a missing woman.
Thirty years ago, Joanna Mason was six years old and the only survivor of a brutal attack on her family. Now she has gone missing and the only person who appears to be concerned is Reggie, her sixteen year old nanny, who has suffered enough loss of her own. Reggie's insistence something is wrong finally begins to ring alarm bells with Jackson and Louise. Like the other Brodie books, this is a wonderful read with fantastic characters, which I really enjoyed. So far I have enjoyed all the books I have read by Kate Atkinson and am glad I have discovered her work.