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Case Histories

Case Histories

A Novel

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Private detective Jackson Brodie finds his own need for resolution sparked by three investigations, including that of two sisters who discover a shocking clue to the disappearance of their third sister thirty years earlier
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., ò004
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780316740401
0316740403
9780316010702
0316010707
9780316033480
0316033480
Characteristics: 312 pages ; 24 cm

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natalkaanna
Mar 22, 2021

Too many loose ends at the end-what happened to Michelle? What happened to Shirley? Was Laura's killer ever held accountable? The ending for Tanya was not well explained. The ending for Olivia was highly improbable-hard to believe. The whole book felt unfinished.

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yrobertson
Feb 26, 2021

Sadly I just couldn't keep track of the many characters in the stories so I lost interest less than half way through. I am a bedtime reader and need fewer challenges.

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mradieva13
Jan 12, 2021

I normally don't rate books I've read but this one is SO bad I just have to. How did this even get published? There are so many grammatical issues and the cases don't even get resolved! It's written in a rambling style with barely any dialogue. The characters are unlikable and the detective is useless. The biggest mystery here is why anyone would like this book.

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delphimo
Nov 22, 2020

Case Histories by Kate Atkinson started slowly and almost lost my interest, then Jackson Brodie entered the story. I encountered Jackson in Big Sky, and now I learn his whole history. So many characters in Case Histories, thank goodness I created a list of characters, which I wish Kate Atkinson had done. The story follows events in 1970, 1979, and 1994 with the multitude of characters that seem unrelated, but gradually the characters mesh together. The story begins in 1970 with Olivia Land, a 3-year old beautiful child disappearing and the tragedy that befalls the Land family: the death of the mother and the death of the baby girl after Olivia’s disappearance. Next, we meet Theo whose daughter, Laura, is murdered while she is working at her father’s law office. And finally, we meet Michelle who kills her husband with an axe. How do all these cases interweave? Kate Atkinson does blather on too long too often when the reader is anxious to learn what is happening. But Atkinson fully develops her characters.

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jimsauer1
Sep 13, 2020

JB #1
Karen Lieneke Recommendation

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blcwrites
Feb 06, 2020

This was a fun, funny, smart read and loved how all of the case histories matched up in the end. I also rec the DVDs as well. I checked out this book as a relief from the news of the world and glad I did.

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NedSu
Dec 10, 2019

I was first exposed to the author in Transcription, published circa 2018, and wanted to see if Atkinson's other works contained the same wit and subterfuge. This introduction to the Jackson Brodie novels had some very dark moments in the 4 case histories that intertwined. The author's humor, witticism, and banter is in its nascent phase during Case Histories, but it is but it is present. Brodie's interaction with his ex wife and their child are some of the best examples of her wit. While the 4 cases seem to be a lot, and there is some incongruous overlay that borders on Deus Ex Machina coincidences, this was a very satisfying read, not so much plot driven as intimate looks at each of the characters and their thoughts. I'm signing up for an even earlier work, and plan to follow that up with more Jackson Brodie novels.

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INVS
Nov 22, 2019

I'll start again on KA books because she has smart-arse banter, makes me use the dictionary, use my 'other brain'. The loose connections that some other reviewer mentioned may be one of the reasons I enjoy her writing. It's like trying to put threads back in place, reverse knitting. A 'sort of' similar read is by J. ironmonger, Coincidence, I've read & listened to more than once.

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bmigneron
Sep 03, 2019

First novel in Jackson Brodie series

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wyenotgo
Jul 31, 2019

Helter skelter. Undisciplined, sloppy writing. And yet, at times, brilliant: e.g. the verbal sparring between the two sisters Julia and Amelia, sibling rivals all through their lives, is masterfully done. The tangled story line held my attention throughout, even though it unravels in ugly, disappointing ways at the end. Atkinson appears to suffer from ADD, unable to stick to one event long enough to make her point, even shifting to another decade within a single paragraph. There's a bit too much of everything — characters, murders, story lines. As for mystery, there are too many dead bodies for us to care very much about any one of them.
And could the police really have been as incompetent as all that?

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