Here I am, I have just finished the book and I find myself baffled and surprised by what I have read I want to start immediately with my review "ugly, dirty and mean" but this time I try to hold back and explain better why this book does not stand and it is a shadow of something else.
The supporting plot that is presented at the beginning is definitely intriguing, you are thrown the right amount of curiosity to go on reading and understand what happened to little Olivia Unfortunately, the technique of short and broken locutions cannot be used with master or skill by Atkinson, but they create, in my opinion, a kind of confusing, hasty or even neurotic writing. Yes, just so, because the characters that are presented are a concentration of cases as from "psychopathology of everyday life encyclopedia" if not even practically psychiatric Amelia, Julia and Michelle In the daily life of these people, who are presented little by little Theo is also the only character, in my opinion, to save himself from the utter despair of parental incapacity that reigns as queen in this book An embarrassing ending, especially because the joints of the stories do not hold, they are so thin and in a logical way, unsustainable Eccomi, ho appena finito il libro e mi ritrovo sconcertata e sorpresa da quello che ho letto Purtroppo la tecnica degli incisi corti e spezzati non riescono ad essere usati con maestria dalla Atkinson, ma creano a mio avviso, una sorta di scrittura confusionaria, frettolosa se non addirittura nevrotica.
Nella vita quotidiana di queste persone, che man mano vengono presentate Sep 09, Teresa rated it really liked it. Definitely a page-turner! And one that relies not on plot alone, but on character development much more, which makes it my kind of page-turner.
I truly didn't ever want to put it down. I ended up feeling that I knew these people and missed them when I was finished. Atkinson is deft at handling several complex storylines and, as only some of the characters' stories end up overlapping at least as far as they know , I appreciated the realism of some events being known by only the reader. I also en Definitely a page-turner! I also enjoyed both her sly, ironic humor and her sensitive but not maudlin compassion concerning all the 'lost girls'.
And while my picky brain noticed a colloquialism used twice that bothers me 'try and', instead of 'try to', though I know I'm being very picky as the book is written in a colloquial style and an editing mistake of 'waiver' instead of 'waver' Anybody want to hire me as a proofreader? Seriously, I don't try to find these things, they just pop out at me.
View all 24 comments. The idea that Sylvia might be grown up enough in five years time to marry anyone struck Rosemary as ridiculous and reinforced her belief that her own parents should have stepped in and stopped her marrying Victor, should have pointed out that she was a mere child and he was a thirty-six year old man. She often found herself wanting to remonstrate with her mother and father a EXCERPT: Rosemary married their father Victor when she was eighteen years old - only five years older than Sylvia was now.
She often found herself wanting to remonstrate with her mother and father about their lack of parental care, but her mother had succumbed to stomach cancer not long after Amelia was born, and her father had remarried and moved to Ipswich, where he spent most of his days in the bookies, and all of his evenings in the pub. If, in five years time, Sylvia brought home a thirty-six year old cradle snatching fiance particularly if he claimed to be a great mathematician then Rosemary thought she would probably cut his heart out with the carving knife.
This thought was so agreeable that the afterthought's annunciation was temporarily forgotten and Rosemary allowed them all to run out to the ice-cream van when it declared its own melodic arrival in the street. Atkinson has the ability to see into the dark corners of our minds, to take those unvoiced thoughts, those petty resentments and jealousies, and to craft great stories from them. She is a storyteller. And Jackson Brodie? Originally from Yorkshire, he is a private investigator who makes his money investigating infidelities and finding missing cats.
Although he presents a tough guy exterior, he has a warm and compassionate heart. He can never resist coming to the rescue of the lost and lonely, and so attracts the bereaved and the dysfunctional. He had come here more or less by accident, following a girlfriend and staying for a wife. For years he had thought about moving back north, but he knew he never would. There was nothing there for him, just bad memories and a past he could never undo, and what was the point anyway when France was laid out on the other side of the Channel like an exotic patchwork of sunflowers and grapevines and little cafes where he could sit all afternoon drinking local wine and bitter espressos and smoking Gitanes, where everyone would say, Bonjour, Jackson, except they would pronounce it 'zhaksong', and he would be happy.
Which was exactly the opposite of how he felt now. We are moving into our new home in October where I will be able to unpack all my treasured books that are currently packed into boxes in storage, and I will be greeting my Jackson Brodie series like the long lost old friend it is, and once more immersing myself in his world. Her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and she has been a critically acclaimed international bestselling author ever since.
Case Histories introduced her readers to Jackson Brodie, former police inspector turned private investigator, and won the Saltire Book of the Year Award and the Prix Westminster. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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View all 4 comments. Mar 27, Emily rated it it was amazing Shelves: greatbooks. This book falls under 2 genres - mystery and family drama - and I would argue that it is much more than the sum of its parts. Every character was incredibly real, incredibly flawed, and incredibly complex. Having said that, Case Histories feels like a light read because of Atkinson's great wit.
Atkinson has a talent for weaving together 3 seemingly unrelated stories, all with themes loss, innocence, and healing. While many of the characters are female, the central character is Jackson Brodie, a This book falls under 2 genres - mystery and family drama - and I would argue that it is much more than the sum of its parts. While many of the characters are female, the central character is Jackson Brodie, a private detective working on 3 major cases.
My favorite thing about this book was Atkinson's attention to detail.
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Oftentimes, you can spot 'foreshadowing' too easily because it's done without subtlety. But in Case Histories, it wasn't until I finished the novel that I realized that the tiniest nuances were actually meaningful symbols. View 1 comment. May 12, Richard Derus rated it it was ok. The dogs had been asleep and now made a great performance of welcoming Caroline's appearance, although she knew they couldn't care less really. She felt a little flutter, something long dormant coming back to life. He climbed on his bike and cycled off,turning once to wave, an action that made him wobble ridiculously.
She stood and watched him moving away from her, ignoring the overexcited dogs. She was in love. Just like that. How totally, utterly insane. And that, laddies and gentlewomen, is where I said sayonara cookie monster. It's okay writing. The rubbish about the dogs is ridiculous, but the wave, the wobble, and the swoon are pretty good. But this is as good as it's gotten in pp. This is as much a wowee toledo as Uncle Pervy here has received.
Your story or your storytelling has to wow me more than this by p, and as neither has, onto the scrap-heap of history with you. May 16, Kelly rated it liked it Shelves: examined-lives , 20th-century-postwar-to-late , fiction , goth-goth-baby , melancholia , owned , woundedsoulsandfragileflowers , brit-lit.
To be honest, I thought this book was a bit of a mess. The subject matter was often compelling and I deeply appreciated her focus mostly on character rather than plot which was an especially good choice not only because it played to Atkinson's strengths in psychological drama, but because was pretty easy to guess the resolution of each plot not long after it appeared. She does fairly convincing atmosphere, too.
And she definitely committed to her unlikeable characters until the end. But it's on To be honest, I thought this book was a bit of a mess. But it's only worth it to go unlikeable if you also make your characters believable at the same time- why do it if you're not trying to capture pyschological realism, the sort that people flinch away from acknowledging, but actually indulge in every day of their lives?
But at least two of the characters felt incredibly dated a fact that's constantly commented on by Brodie, which doesn't help in an out-of-place way that did not make it charming. Brodie himself was a bit off-putting at times. I know he's an homage character, but you have to find a way to make that work in the 21st century that makes me want to say "charmingly old fashioned" rather than " judgmental throwback asshole".
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Relationships seem to also just sort of They are not built, they're just dropped onto the page whenever convenient for the scene Atkinson wants to write. That all said, you can see the potential here. You can see if Atkinson just pushed things a little farther, let herself stare longer into the abyss rather than drawing back in horror, if she just edited for a little more consistency in character, and far fewer hints about plot that we don't need She's got the right idea and the right raw materials in the mix here.
Which is why I bought the second novel and will be reading it soon. I have faith that she'll get it together.
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The woman who wrote Life After Life can do better, and I believe she will. I enjoyed this book immensely; I had the 4th book in the series in hardcover so I decided to get the other three on ebook and was it worth it! The way the story was everywhere and still connected was just beautiful. I loved the characterization this how crime writers should write their characters.
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The plot progressed slowly but the characters were spot on Two missing persons and a murder are being investigated by the retired officer Jackson Brodie, a private investigator who is dealing with his own issues. Apr 27, Sue rated it really liked it Recommends it for: mystery lovers. Shelves: mystery , britain , read-in , favorites. This is the second of Atkinson's Jackson Brodie mystery novels I've read.
I've previously enjoyed One Good Turn. To briefly summarize what others have already mentioned, in this novel, Brodie takes on three cold cases and deals with a variety of individuals who vary from eccentric to criminal, from engaging to seemingly insane. Their stories, and the stories of the old crimes, are set up carefully and with wonderful detail, wending their ways back and forth through the book.
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