When Will There Be Good News? (Jackson Brodie, #3)
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When Will There Be Good News? (Jackson Brodie #3)

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On a hot summer day, Joanna Mason's family slowly wanders home along a country lane. A moment later, Joanna's life is changed forever...
On a dark night thirty years later, ex-detective Jackson Brodie finds himself on a train that is both crowded and late. Lost in his thoughts, he suddenly hears a shocking sound...
At the end of a long day, 16-year-old Reggie is looking forw...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published September 24th 2008 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 2008)
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karen
so when i heard kate atkinson had a new book i thought yayyy. and then when i found out it was another jackson brodie novel i said boooo. i thought the first one was great, but the second was a lot weaker. theres a reason i tend not to read genre fiction like sci fi and mystery - because i just dont want to commit to ten books about the same world. i would rather read one book that is self-contained and never visit the characters again.(and yes i know - harington is exempt from this preference b...more
Nette
This book is grim, violent, sad (dead kids, dead moms, dead dogs), and also hilarious and uplifting (passionate cops, a ferociously maternal doctor, and a heroic dog who makes it all the way through -- sorry if that's a spoiler, but I would have wanted to know.) The character of 16-year-old Reggie should be given a special literary prize for Best Plucky Orphan Since Oliver Twist. Deeply satisfying and I can't wait for the next one.
Dagný
Here is a book which one reads paradoxically wishing it never ended- because it is so good- yet one races to finish- being compelled to- without skipping a word.

My heart was aching for the main characters to come through and survive; for the good to prevail; for some things to go right. This was so suspenseful, more so than anything I have read lately.

Never thought Loeb's green classics, which I can see sitting pretty on a shelf, would be referenced in a suspense novel. It is a part of the pleas...more
Mark

Kate Atkinson returns to form in the third book in her Jackson Brodie series. With her usual mix of strong mystery plot elements and finely drawn relationships, "When Will There Be Good News" fairly hums along, and it works even better in this case because Jackson Brodie, the former cop turned private eye turned rich pensioner, is not actually the centerpiece of this novel.

If there is a hero and fulcrum of this book, it is the wonderful new character of Reggie Chase, a 16-year-old who looks as t...more
Michael
While walking home one day, six-year-old Joanna Mason's family is attacked and killed by a man wielding a butcher knife. Joanna escapes by fleeing into a cornfield and hiding. She's eventually found and the killer is caught and sent to jail.

Now before you get upset with me for revealing too much, let me just say that all of what I described above happens in the first twenty or so pages of Kate Atkinson's latest novel "When Will There Be Good News?" The death of Joanna's family is the catalyst fo...more
Trin
Oh, stab me in the heart some more, Kate. Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie novels (the trilogy that begins with Case Histories) just get more and more depressing. This latest is simply brutal. And yet…I loved reading it, in spite of how bleak it is, in spite of the fact that the plot relies on some rather ridiculous Dickensian coincidences, in spite of Atkinson’s apparent hatred of semi-colons and love of comma splices. I’m not sure what it is, exactly, but I just love the way Atkinson’s characters le...more
Rorie
The whole time I was reading this book, I kept waiting for something to actually happen and make sense. There were so many characters and it took almost til the end of the book before they came together. Then she would have the characters make reference to so many different people and I could never remember who those people were or what role they had in the story (most of them didn't have a roll at all)
There were way too many useless words in the book. The author had every single character conti...more
Kim

I often have problems with crime fiction series. I love the idea of returning to an interesting world in the company of a well-loved character, but often the expectation of enjoyment engendered by the previous books in a series doesn't continue to be met. Well, with this series it's a matter of so far, so good. In fact, maybe it's so far, so much better. Admittedly, this is only Atkinson's third novel to feature Jackson Brodie, but it is probably my favourite to date.

This is not traditional cri...more
Laura
Kate Atkinson was, for me, a slowly acquired taste. I'd read 'Case Histories' and 'One Good Turn' and, while I found much to admire in each book, I ended up keeping my distance, put off by the violent quirkiness of her plots and characters. In fact, I remember so little about her first book, the 1995 Whitbread Book of the Year,'Behind the Scenes at the Museum,' that I must have dropped it after the first few pages.
'When Will There Be Good News', her most recent book, made me a fan. There's plent...more
Anna
This is the third in the Jackson Brodie series, and is probably my favourite so far.

I adore Jackson. As ever, he’s a magnet for trouble, both personally and professionally; it’s these stumbles, and how he deals with them, which make him so readable, so lovable. He shares this book with would-be lover DCI Louise, teenage girl Reggie, whose determination in adversity is adorable, and tragic childhood survivor Joanna. They, and all their issues and secrets, are brought together to make a thrilling...more
James Thane
Joanna Mason, a six-year-old girl, was the only person to escape when a madman killed her mother, sister and baby brother. Thirty years later, Joanna is a successful doctor with a baby of her own when the madman is released from prison. Regina Chase is Joanna's precocious sixteen-year-old mother's assistant; Neil Hunter, Joanna's husband, is an entrepreneur with big troubles.

Police detective Louise Monroe, recently married herself, is attempting to protect a woman and her children from an abusi...more
LJ
WHEN WILL THERE BE GOOD NEWS? (Pol Proc-Jackson Brodie-England-Cont) – Ex
Atkinson, Kate – 3rd in Jackson Brodie series
Doubleday, 2008, UK Hardcover – ISBN: 9780385608015

First Sentence: The heat rising up from the tarmac seemed to get trapped between the thick hedges that towered above their heads like battlements.

Dr. Joanna Hunter (nee’ Mason) is the only survivor of an attack that killed her mother, sister and brother. Now, thirty years later, the man responsible has been released from prison....more
Laurel
This is my first Kate Atkinson book. I had wanted to read Case Histories, but my library didn't have it in, so I settled on this one. It wasn't until I started to read reviews that I realized this is actually a continuation of the series (apparently following the life of detective Jackson Brodie, though he takes a back seat in this book).

Not knowing at all what to expect from Atkinson, I was a bit startled by the opening scene: a woman is walking down a country road with her 3 children and the...more
Kenneth Fredette
I believe that the BBC made a show of Brodie, and followed the book 100%. It was amazing that they did everything exactly as in the book. Normally it would deviate somewhat. It was a good book for putting between Robert Wilson and Anne Holt.
Vicki
Thirty years ago a young mother and her three young children are walking home with the family dog in Devon, a rural area of Scotland. A random stranger with a knife approaches and kills the mom, their dog, the 8 year old daughter and the 1 year old in his stroller. Only the 6 year old Joanna escapes. She runs into the wheat field at her wounded mother's urging, and disappears for hours.

Thirty years later a plucky 16 year old girl, Reggie Chase, talks her way into a job taking care of the nearly...more
Michael
This book made me laugh and cry more than once, so it gets my vote. I felt the vividness of Atkinson's talent with the first in the series, Case Histories, but that one felt a bit contrived and manipulative to me. This one, the third, maybe does both, but it was a much more fun ride because of the emotional engagement it achieved for me. It plucks the heart strings with its 16 year-old heroine Reggie, whose love for the missing Dr. Hunter and the baby she serves as nanny moves her to many brave...more
Brian
When Will There Be Good News? won the Richard & Judy Best Read at the British Book Awards. It's been very favourably reviewed in The Guardian, the Sunday Times and the Telegraph, and by innumerable Goodreads members. I find this bewildering.

I very much enjoyed Behind The Scenes At The Museum, which won the Whitbread First Novel award but that was literary fiction whereas this is crime. I must admit, I don't generally read crime, though I have enjoyed John Banville's forays into the genre. S...more
David
When Will There Be Good News? shares several qualities with its predecessors "Case Studies" and "One Good Turn", both of which also feature sad-sack detective Jackson Brodie, who makes a reappearance here. By now the ingredients in the mix are easily identified:

Insanely complicated plotting - generally about five different strands unfolding in parallel; Atkinson switches from one to another with enormous skill and obvious delight. It's a bravura performance - she's brilliant and she knows it, bu...more
Stephanie
(My Rating: 9/10 stars) Kate Atkinson's work is difficult to pigeon-hole in a genre. It includes many elements of traditional crime fiction, but it is very character-driven and has a rambling, cerebral quality. I love the author's articulate, witty style, and she blends humor and tragedy seamlessly. I also found the story and characters thoroughly engrossing; I especially loved lonely, worldly-wise 16-year-old Reggie Chase.

My only complaint about this novel is that, to me, the three main charac...more
Shana
When Will There Be Good News? is nothing short of a delightful read. Atkinson gives us a sumptuous combination of wonderful well-developed characters, an engaging plot line, and the prose that I am quickly coming to expect of her - clean, subtle, and smart.

The novel is narrated alternately and in the third person by Jackson Brodie, Reggie Chase, and Louise Monroe. I quickly fell in love with all three. Incidentally, I have not read Atkinson's previous two novels featuring Jackson Brodie and did...more
Donna Brown
I have many criticisms of the book, but I couldn't put it down. There are too many characters and too many murders, but the characters are well and cleverly drawn, and there is a slim thread of plot that, when solved, is very satisfying. Jackson Brodie has a new woman in every book, so you might want to start with the first book of the series.

I'm now on my fifth book of hers, and it was calling me much more than Look Homeward Angel, which I was trying to read. One of the great things for me is t...more
Donna
Apr 27, 2010 Donna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Donna by: Becca
This is the third outing for Jackson Brodie and I really like Kate Atkinson's writing style. It just flows. There are some familiar characters in this book, and a series of coincidences which bring them together.

Brodie is travelling back to London from Yorkshire but gets on the wrong train heading for Edinburgh when it is involved in a train crash. His life is saved by a young girl who works for a doctor who mysteriously disappears when the man who murdered her family is released from prison. Th...more
Lisa
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Alan
For me, this book has carelessness written all over it. Even the cover, which proports to illustrate the opening sequence, shows a little girl in a field of barley while the text state the events took place in one of wheat. The first 150 pages are pedestrian and lacking in focus to the extent that I was becoming frustrated as to where the story was actually going. Luckily the pace picked up after that, which was a determining factor in keeping my attention. However the pace and some sharp dialog...more
Brayden
I was very disappointed with this book. The first two novels in this series about a Scottish detective, Jackson Brodie, who has a thing for missing women, were really clever and fun. The plots and pacing were tight and the characters were complex and rich. Atkinson will never be mistaken for a great writer but her writing was witty in those earlier novels.

This book fails in all of those areas. It felt like Atkinson was rushed to get the book out, apparent even in the surprising typos scattered...more
Ali
This is a great read, a very hard to put down book. Another installment of the often strange life of Jackson Brodie. We also meet again Det Cheif Inspector Louise Monroe, newly married this time - a wonderfully cynical character who really is the female version of Jackson Brodie. Reggie a 16 year old mother's help is Kate Atkinson's best creation in this novel - her voice is authentic, wise beyond her years, yet still vulnerable, I cheered for her all the way through. The plot is not that comple...more
Laila
Kate Atkinson is a total goddess.

I am so in love with this book right now.

10/6/08 So now I've finished. Kate Atkinson knows how to write novels, plain and simple. Nothing of hers has ever disappointed me. Her books defy easy categorization. I simply did not want to put this one down! Jackson Brodie, ex-cop, ex-P.I., also in two of her other novels (read them!), is so appealing. (I envision a sort of rougher-around-the-edges Daniel Craig when I read about his character.) There are multiple lotlin...more
Ian Brydon
A superb tour de force from Kate Atkinson in which she offers the reader a wide selection of both immensely likeable and some utterly odious characters, all of whom are completely plausible.
In particular there is the simply marvellous Regina ("Reggie") Chase, sixteen years old, orphaned and plagued by a lawless brother yet still desperate to continue her studies of the Latin and Greek classics while utterly enamoured of the charming Dr Joanna Hunter for whose young she acts as nanny. But Dr Hun...more
Mary McCoy
The main problem with the Jackson Brodie mysteries is Jackson Brodie. I care not for his lady dramas, which weigh the book down something fierce. This installment had some things going for it - namely the Reggie and Dr. Hunter story - but overall, it was 20 pounds of plot in a 10 pound sack.
Megan Baxter
By some celestial alignment and confluence of book lists, I read two Kate Atkinson books in a row - Behind the Scenes at the Museum, which I've already reviewed and very much enjoyed, and this one. I don't like this one nearly as much.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.

In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook
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Kate Atkinson was born in York and now lives in Edinburgh. 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.

She is the author of a collection of short stories, Not the End of the World, and of the critically acclaimed novels Human Croquet, Emotionally Weird, Case Histories,...more
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