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When Will There Be Good News?

(Jackson Brodie #3)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  40,772 ratings  ·  3,521 reviews
Three lives come together in unexpected and thrilling ways in Kate Atkinson's When Will There Be Good News?

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
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published September 24th 2008 by Little, Brown and Company
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Eileen H. I would. I didn't realize this was a series until I read two out of order. Not earth-shaking, but I would have preferred to have begun at the beginnin…moreI would. I didn't realize this was a series until I read two out of order. Not earth-shaking, but I would have preferred to have begun at the beginning.(less)
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May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-completed
Once again, Kate Atkinson has written a novel that fires off with sketched pencil outlines that gradually become filled in, fleshed out with colours both brilliant and ominous.

In this third (of five, so far) Jackson Brodie novel, we become re-acquainted with several returning characters. As I observed in her last novel, these characters are like streamers floating in an uncertain breeze suspended from a common source – a maypole perhaps – each one with their own backstory, their own tragic or sa
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's a joy to return to Kate Atkinson's rather unusual offbeat crime series featuring Jackson Brodie, full of wry wit and humour, and her trademark case studies of the lives of the main characters. It is a story in which for the characters, the title of the novel is particularly apt, given the horror, trauma and tragedies that have blighted their lives. In a rural part of Devon, 6 year old Joanna is to have her life ripped apart by horrors that no-one should ever have to experience, which result ...more
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, thriller
When Will There Be Good News? is a thriller from the wonderful Kate Atkinson that is the third book in the Jackson Brodie series but can be read as a standalone. The novel is full of suspense, surprises and a fair splattering of coincidence. The opening scene shocked me! Kate Atkinson writes with an unrestrained scope and mixes a fascinating plot with great characters. She teases us with humour while masking the opportunity of dropping cruel murderous bombshells. The plot is a mix of
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2021 review: Jackson Brodie #3: After the brutal random murder of her mother and siblings 30 years ago… the only survivor, now with her own child, medical profession and nice home, is to be told that the murderer has served his time and is going to be released. Her elfin nanny (a superb character), Chief Inspector Louise and her one-time beau, but now recently married Jackson Brodie himself, all get caught up in this situation,but all from different angles. My summary doesn't really explain just ...more
Mar 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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. there's a reason i tend not to read genre fiction like sci-fi and mystery - because i just don't 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 - Donald Harington is exempt from t ...more
“Twenty years ago she too would have found his moodiness attractive. Now she just wanted to punch him. But then she seemed to want to punch everyone at the moment.”

There’s a lot to be angry about in this third of Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie series, and there were plenty of times I wanted to punch somebody too – or worse. In this instance, she is Detective Chief Inspector Louse Monroe, and he is a man suspected of fraud who’s just opened his front door and smiled sarcastically at her warrant card
Nov 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am steadily rereading my way through the Jackson Brodie novels to prepare myself for the latest release, Big Sky. And it is so much fun! Don't forget that I am one of Kate Atkinson's biggest fans so if I rave a bit, forgive me.

When Will There Be Good News?is Kate at her very best. The story is intriguing, beginning with a mass murder with one survivor, a small six year old girl called Joanna. Fast forward to thirty years later and Joanna is the well respected Dr.Hunter, living in an expensive
Nov 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 10, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book no 3 of the Jackson Brodie detectives series was such a wonderful read! I am giving this third Jackson Brodie one a 5* rating because it deserves it. Different story lines all meandering to a joint conclusion, great and touching characters, no unnecessary violence and all is wrapped up in the end in a very interesting and satisfying way. And, of course, don’t forget the witty remarks, sprinkled all around the pages! Kate Atkinson is such a terrific writer. I just love to read her books! On ...more
Aug 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery

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
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Paul E. Morph
My enjoyment of Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie novels increases with each book. You only have to look at my ratings: I gave the first one three stars, the second one four stars and now I find I can't not give this third volume five out of five.

This book begins with a horrific multiple murder and things go downhill from there. I kid, I kid... After the grisly opening, we jump forward thirty years to present day to see what the sole survivor of the initiating incident's life looks like now. While
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's hard to categorize a Kate Atkinson detective/mystery novel- they really are so much more. To me they are literary novels with some mysteries within their pages. Why I love this series- They are intricately plotted with interesting characters and storylines.
This is the third in the Jackson Brodie novels. I think it has been the best so far and I loved all three. He is definitely not the only person we encounter in this book. We meet Detective Chief Inspector Louise Monroe. She and Jackson us
Sep 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I nearly didn’t read this! It’s the third book in the Brodie series and I thought the first book was just ok, I bailed on the second book but I really enjoyed this one! Full of mystery, great characters (I want to adopt Reggie!!) and lots of action. This was good fun!

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
Aug 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a decidedly 4.5 stars (come on Goodreads, sometimes a girl needs a half!). The two words that come to mind with this book are "clever" and "unexpected". The characters in the book were incredibly different and flawed in such differing ways, but the tying together of them reminded me (well, loosely) of the movie Love Actually. I loved some (Dr. Hunter, Reggie) and vascilated loving and hating some (Jackson & Louise), and of course, straight up hated the some others. But the attention to t ...more
Megan Baxter
Mar 14, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very original! Again! The mysteries in this book are cleverly integrated in and part of the life stories of the protagonists. It's fluently told with some great humour and wise remarks about life. The protagonists each develop in their own way. Everyone is linked to everyone. Superbly done! Again! ...more
Bill Khaemba

“A coincidence is just an explanation waiting to happen”

Another great installment to this unique crime series. Honestly, how she puts together a story is absolutely stunning and refreshing. You get so much character depth from her books than in any other crime novel I have read (Apart from The Millennium Trilogy)

“Just because something bad had happened to her doesn't mean it won't happen again.”

In this installment we follow Jackson Brodie as he is yet shoved into another mystery that he
Oct 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2008, mystery
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
Louise Wilson
May 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Jackson Brodie #3

Six year old Joanna Mason was the only person to escape when a madman killed her mother, sister and baby brother. Now, thirty years later,Joanna is a successful Doctor with a baby of her own. The madman is being released from prison after serving his sentence. Jackson Brodie is an ex-policeman who is now retired but still does some investigative work. Louise is a stickler to the rules policewoman. There are three separate storylines in this book and in parts I found it confusing
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
The third instalment in Kate Atkinson's wildly beloved series of Jackson Brodie Mysteries: a complex tale of murder, coincidence, and connected lives. I absolutely adore everything about this series, especially the quirky but extremely human characters as well as the pitch perfect, intelligent, and humorous writing. As always Jackson’s internal though processes had me laughing out loud quite a few times, and he is fast becoming one of my all-time favorite fictional characters.
“A coincidence is
James Thane
Mar 23, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library, 2020
Oh this was so good! Great characters, great story, great writing. In this book Kate Atkinson pulls together all the different threads of her story so well. It follows four different characters to start and you’re not sure how they will all intersect. Jackson is his usual put upon self, I’m not sure why he works as a central character but he does. The other main characters, Louise and the other police around her (particularly Marcus) and her new husband is one thread. Then we have Dr Hunter who ...more
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, series
A full cast of characters made this one a slow burn, but I read it on one sitting and as I reached the half way mark, the story really accelerated in speed.

Goodreads review published 19/08/19
Sonja Arlow
Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
I have not had the best reading month, so I had to bring out the big guns. And as always Kate Atkinson did not disappoint.

This is not your typical detective or crime series with a lone brooding detective that solves crime in an unconventional way. No Jackson Brodie is a hot mess, and he knows it. Ex-military, ex-police and ex-wives colour his past and his pavlovian response to people asking for help gets him dragged into situations he never asks for.

I just love the dry humor, the complex and thr
Kaethe Douglas
Sep 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: feminism, mystery, fiction
The first few Atkinson books I read I was kind of "meh" about. I didn't really love them, but I liked her writing enough to keep trying. Then she published the first two Jackson Brodie books and I enjoyed them enormously. And then, although I kept adding all her new books to my TBR list, somehow none of them ever made it to the top. Don't be like me. Put Atkinson at the top of your list. [I've got A God in Ruins standing by as soon as I finish this other book, and the others are at the top of th ...more
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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,

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