Case Histories

Case Histories

Audiobook CD - 2005
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The first book in Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie Mysteries series, called "The best mystery of the decade" by Stephen King, finds private investigator Jackson Brodie following three seemingly unconnected family mysteries in Edinburgh
Case one: A little girl goes missing in the night. Case two: A beautiful young office worker falls victim to a maniac's apparently random attack.
Case three: A new mother finds herself trapped in a hell of her own making - with a very needy baby and a very demanding husband - until a fit of rage creates a grisly, bloody escape.
Thirty years after the first incident, as private investigator Jackson Brodie begins investigating all three cases, startling connections and discoveries emerge . . .
Publisher: Hampton, NH : BBC Audiobooks America, p2005. New York, NY Hachette Audio c2008
ISBN: 9781600245008
1600245005
Branch Call Number: TB MYS ATK
Characteristics: 10 sound discs (appx 11 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Jameson, Susan

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JudithE
Apr 11, 2015

The more I read of this author, the more I like her. Complex, intertwining, interesting stories, sprinkled with humour. My only problem, especially with the audiobook, is keeping track of the characters. I still don't know who Nicole is Ah well. Excellent writer.

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SuzeParker
Sep 20, 2014

In Case Histories, a colorful cast of wounded souls hires PI Jackson Brodie to investigate several old murders. More than a mystery, though, the book is a character study. I thoroughly enjoyed the author's subtle, sarcastic humor (sometimes she had me laughing out loud), her character development and the way she intertwined the characters' lives and experiences in unexpected ways. I knocked off a star for Atkinson's abundant use of the "f" word and some uncomfortable sexual references. (Would a woman who walked in on her father's sexual abuse of an older sister really lament later that her father never found her attractive enough to try the same thing with her?) Atkinson's writing and the book's structure both work very well. On to Jackson Brodie #2.

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danielestes
Nov 25, 2013

Jackson Brody is a private detective working on three unsolved, seemingly unrelated cases. Each involves a separate family over the span of decades. The further along in his investigation, the more he uncovers evidence that things are not as they seem.

I love a good mystery, but for a mystery to actually be good it first and foremost needs to be a good story. This is where Kate Atkinson shines. She brings her characters to life through detailed intricacies and conversations, drawing you into a story rather than advance you through a plot. Plus she has that rare gift for description. She can take an action so monotonous and color it with such a perfect familiarity so that you react with a, "Yes, that's exactly how it is."

LMOH Apr 21, 2013

Really good! The woman reading the audiobook has a fabulous accent, and added lots of interest to the various characters.

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