In a quiet corner of rural Devon, six-year-old Joanna Mason witnesses an appalling crime. Thirty years later the man convicted of the crime, Andrew Decker, is released from prison. In Edinburgh, sixteen-year-old Reggie, wise beyond her years, works as a nanny for a GP. But Dr. Hunter has gone missing and Reggie seems to be the only person who is ...
In a quiet corner of rural Devon, six-year-old Joanna Mason witnesses an appalling crime. Thirty years later the man convicted of the crime, Andrew Decker, is released from prison. In Edinburgh, sixteen-year-old Reggie, wise beyond her years, works as a nanny for a GP. But Dr. Hunter has gone missing and Reggie seems to be the only person who is worried. Across town, Detective Chief Inspector Louise Monroe is also looking for a missing person, unaware that hurtling towards her is an old friend - Jackson Brodie - himself on a journey that is about to be fatally interrupted. In an extraordinary virtuoso display, Kate Atkinson produces one of the most engrossing, brilliantly written and piercingly insightful novels of this or any year. "When Will There Be Good News?" sheds new light on to the nature of fate, and on to the human condition itself.
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A pretty ho-hum read. When will sex and violence quit upstaging convincing psychological solutions?
Laguna Beach, CA
Mar 25, 2010
5 REALLY BIG STARS
The first chapter of When Will There Be Good News immediately pitches the reader into this novel. It is both shocking and compelling.
The fine web of relationships are beautifully written, the characters fully realized.
By the conclusion the characters and events work together like tumblers in a lock.
Finally, every one and everything are in their appropriate place.
I've read Case Histories and One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson and enjoyed both. This is wild new territory for a truly gifted writer.
Publishers Weekly, 2008-10-27 The latest Atkinson mystery finds detective Jackson Brodie back in the English countryside, where he becomes caught up in a missing person's case that forces old memories and past mistakes to the forefront of his mind. Told from a mainly female perspective, both that of detective chief Louise Monroe and victim Joanna Mason, the story is delivered perfectly by narrator Ellen Archer. She is fully and completely aware of the undertones in most of her characters' voices, and when she captures them, she creates a stirring experience for her audience. As Brodie, Archer is slightly less effective, only because she opts for a straightforward, dry tone that is less flashy. But her portrayal of Reggie, a 16-year-old Scottish boy, is amazingly astute and shaded. A Little, Brown hardcover (Reviews, July 28). (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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