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Big Sky

(Jackson Brodie #5)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  2,693 ratings  ·  467 reviews
Iconoclastic detective Jackson Brodie returns in a triumphant new novel about secrets, sex, and lies

Jackson Brodie has relocated to a quiet seaside village, in the occasional company of his recalcitrant teenage son and an aging Labrador, both at the discretion of his ex-partner Julia. It's picturesque, but there's something darker lurking behind the scenes.
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Little, Brown and Company (first published June 18th 2019)
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    *A New York Times bestseller!* Beloved detective Jackson Brodie's current job, gathering proof of an unfaithful husband, takes a turn when a chance en ...more

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    Tony Berry Not really. There's enough background provide about Jackson and all the rest are new characters and a new setting. Vivid writing, fascinating…moreNot really. There's enough background provide about Jackson and all the rest are new characters and a new setting. Vivid writing, fascinating characters, but early pages read like several separate stories but gradually links start to appear.(less)
    Lisbeth Davies They might have received an arc (advance reader copy), lucky people.

    (Or like me, hit the five star button as soon as you know another Kate Atkinson…more
    They might have received an arc (advance reader copy), lucky people.

    (Or like me, hit the five star button as soon as you know another Kate Atkinson novel is on the way --especially a Jackson Brodie-- because it's 110% sure to be a brilliant read!)(less)

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    Liz
    May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Kate Atkinson is the complete package - engrossing storylines and fully formed characters. She is one of my favorite authors. It’s been ages since she wrote a Jackson Brodie book. I was worried about the gap in time, but no worries. I immediately felt a connection with him all over again. How could I not with comments like this “ he couldn’t get the knowledge to rise up from the seabed of his memory - a dismal place with the rusting wreckage and detritus of his brain cells.” He’s dealing with hi ...more
    Meredith
    Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    I love this book! I love Jackson Brodie! I love Kate Atkinson!

    Full review to come!
    Jen
    Admittedly, it’s difficult for me to write an unbiased review of a Kate Atkinson novel. When I received this book from NetGalley, I immediately tweeted “she is our greatest living author, don’t @ me”, which – I actually wish someone would “@” me, because I’m more than happy to explain all the ways Atkinson is brilliant (almost terrifying so).

    My favourite books of Atkinson’s are Life After Life and A God in Ruins (the latter absolutely shattered me – I think I cried enough to fill oceans), but I
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    Marianne
    May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    “Jackson knew something was dodgy about Barclay Jack, but couldn’t get the knowledge to rise up from the seabed of his memory – a dismal place that was littered with the rusting wreckage and detritus of his brain cells.”

    Big Sky is the fifth book in the popular Jackson Brodie series by British author, Kate Atkinson. Running Brodie Investigations from a virtual office has allowed Jackson to rent a cottage in East Yorkshire, near enough to Julia’s filming location for him to spend time with their
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    Sue
    “A coincidence is just an explanation waiting to happen.”

    Remember this sentence as it is important to the entire novel, its course and ultimate denouement.
    Kate Atkinson has returned with another Jackson Brodie novel after a gap of several years. Jackson now is living in Yorkshire in a seaside town, working as a private investigator, primarily tailing unfaithful husbands for angry wives. Not exactly a fulfilling life but it pays bills and keeps him near his now teenaged son, Nathan, and the boy’s
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    Carolyn
    Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    *4:5* Stars.

    ”A coincidence is just an explanation waiting to happen.”

    ”Truth is absolute but the consequences of it aren't.”

    I have always loved the enthralling Jackson Brodie series by Kate Atkinson. Although it has been a long nine years since the previous book in this series, Big Sky works as a standalone, and once again be charmed by her brilliant writing which contains mystery, dry humour, and quotable sentences which provide food for thought.

    Brodie has now moved to a seaside village and h
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    Jessica Woodbury
    May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: crime-mystery, arc
    It has been years since I read a Jackson Brodie novel and I never expected to read another, so I'd forgotten a bit what it was like. I remembered they were bleak, measured, patient, smart and sure enough that's just how this one was. The tone is what sticks with you in a Brodie novel more than the crime itself. I have forgotten characters who carry over but it doesn't matter all that much because ultimately a Brodie novel is about spending some time letting melancholy mix with dread and just the ...more
    lucky little cat
    Jackson Brodie's fifth outing is good and ironic, but quiet. The new characters we meet are largely a low-key (but appealing) lot.


    Sometimes I feel I've got to /Run a-way


    We also get reappearances from a few characters from Brodie's past (plus Julia, who's such a heartless tease she hardly counts anymore). Brodie's relationships with his ex-partners, his kids, and others have shifted over the years, sometimes in unforeseeable or uncomfortable ways. Just like real life.

    The central mystery is fine
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    Diane S ☔
    Jul 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: lor-2019
    It was nice to see Jackson Brodie back again. In fact, my favorite parts of this book were his quiet musings and his often humorous relationship with his son. Though his role was little more than that of a bit player, leaving me wanting more of his presence.There are though, many characters in this story and multiple threads. Atkinson without any doubt on my part always writes amazingly well. Also she took on some timely issues, such as sex trafficking. She does tie these threads together by boo ...more
    Sheila
    3 stars--I liked the book. Trigger warnings for sexual abuse.

    I have an enduring fondness for Jackson Brody (and his parenthetical conversations). The character never fails to charm, and this book is no exception. I also adored Crystal and Harry and Bunny--in fact, the range of side characters in this book was fabulous.

    Like all Brody books, the main plot revolves around lost girls--in this case it takes a wide focus, as Brody gets enmeshed in human trafficking and a pedophile ring. As usual for A
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    Susan Johnson
    Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: net-galley
    I am a little angry at Kate Atkinson. She has made me wait 8 long years for a new Jackson Brodie book and I didn't realize how much I missed him before I read this excellent book. Then I had a dilemma. Do I read it fast as I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next or do I savor it to make it last as long as possible? Well, of course I read it fast because it was so good I had to know what was going to happen next.

    Despite the long absence I had no trouble getting into the Brodie
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    Will
    Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I can’t imagine that fans of Kate Atkinson, particularly the fans of her Jackson Brodie novels, will be disappointed with Big Sky. I wasn’t. What a good time I had reading this! She delivers once again in this continuing series that many critics have described as a unique blend of the crime/detective novel and the “literary novel”.

    All of Atkinson’s trademark wit and wry humor is present. This is a 'crime' novel that is often very funny despite how horrendous the actual crimes are. Outside of a f
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    Storyheart
    After too long a wait, Jackson Brodie is back and in fine form. Last autumn, I attended a packed reading given by Kate Atkinson and the auditorium filled with cheers when the author announced she had just that week finished a new Brody novel.

    Our excited expectations have been met--"Big Sky" crackles with Atkinson's trademark wit, labyrinthine plotting and characters that we either love, or love to hate. I've enjoyed everything Atkinson has ever written and this novel is no exception. Highly rec
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    Faith
    Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I’ve read a few of the Jackson Brody crime novels and I like the plots more than I like the writing style. This book has way too many characters, many of whom are unnecessary to the main plot about human trafficking, and skips around among them in a manner designed to cause maximum confusion. However, some of the “unnecessary “ characters were actually a lot more entertaining than Brody. I loved “Transcription” though, so maybe I should just stick to the author’s non-genre fiction. 3.5 stars. I ...more
    Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
    Now I want to read the rest of this series! This can be read as a stand-alone but deserves to be read in order - such great characters with intriguing narrative arcs.


    My View:
    Superbly plotted, complex in themes and design, mysterious and heart breaking, it was amazing to discover the intersection of characters’ lives, landscapes and crimes (committed against and by whom.) Past and present worlds collide in a mystery where valour and doing the right thing are triumphant. Justice is well served, th
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    switterbug (Betsey)
    “The thing about the past was that, no matter how far you ran or how fast you ran, it was always right behind you, snapping at your heels.”

    Past, present, future. It’s all here in one delicious detective novel. If this had been written by a typically genre author in dramatic fashion, it would have come off rather melodramatic and derivative. But British novelist Kate Atkinson, who has written some of my favorite stand-alone novels, dips deliciously into her Jackson Brodie fare with relish, making
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    Maine Colonial
    Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I received a free digital publisher’s advance review copy of the book via Netgalley. However, on the day it is published my plan is to go to my local bookstore and buy it. It’s just so good I want to own it and be able to re-read it anytime.

    This is part of a crime fiction series, but you don’t need to read the prior books in the series before this one. This is called the Jackson Brodie series and he is certainly a character, but you wouldn’t describe these as police procedurals (Brodie was previ
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    Dorothy
    Kate Atkinson published the last of her Jackson Brodie novels, Started Early, Took My Dog, in 2010, but somehow I did not discover them until 2013. When I did, I read and reviewed all four, starting with the first, Case Histories, over a two month period. I thought they were all brilliant and I was eager for the next one in the series to be published. But it didn't happen. Instead, Atkinson produced two other brilliant but unrelated literary novels, Life After Life and A God in Ruins. I had to a ...more
    Sid Nuncius
    I thoroughly enjoyed Big Sky. I confess that I struggle with much of Kate Atkinson’s work, but I love the Jackson Brodie series and this is possibly the best so far.

    Jackson is older, still working as an investigator and living on the Yorkshire coast. He becomes embroiled in a police investigation into present-day people smuggling and sex-slavery and another linked investigation into historical child abuse – the second of which features the slightly surprising but very welcome return of a great c
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    Tatiana
    Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Objectively speaking, as a mystery, Big Sky is not that strong. If written by a different author, a novel with a plot like this would have been a subject of a lengthy rant about too many coincidences and same people constantly bumping into suspects of various crimes.

    HOWEVER,

    this is Kate Atkinson, and I am yet to be disappointed or not entertained by her books. Her character work and her wit are impeccable, regardless of what she chooses to write - mysteries, family dramas, Groundhog Day-type exp
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    Donna Hines
    Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arc, netgalley
    What tangled webs of lies would you like to take part in today?
    Jackson is a man set out to save the world taking out sexual predators one by one in the sex trafficking trade.
    It's dark, it's grizzly, it's a rewarding career...
    Each chapter is told from various viewpoints, each with past and present crimes of passion, each with tangled webs of lies/deceit/trickery .
    Tangents and after thought fill the pages allowing readers to feel the back and forth nature of each crime investigation.
    Crystal is the
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    Joanne
    Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Listened to this as an audiobook and loved this new Jackson Brodie adventure. Lots of different characters whose stories didn't seem related at first but Kate Atkinson drew them all together gradually. Plenty of humour as well as some dark themes. Loved Ronnie and Reggie - they need and deserve their own series of novels!

    Jason Issacs, not surprisingly, was a brilliant narrator using various accents and voices to being life to the characters.
    Chris Pavone
    May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Kate Atkinson is one of those very rare writers who's a master at absolutely every aspect of the novel—character and plot and voice and language and themes and humor and dialogue and on and on. I love everything about BIG SKY, a giant mosaic of people and stories that fit perfectly together in a complex, beautiful pattern, offering tremendous reading pleasure on every single page.
    Dan Radovich
    May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
    THANK YOU KATE! Thank you for bringing Jackson Brodie back for us. Not one of the best in the series, but to me, Kate Atkinson is one of the best authors writing today. Her talent glows in every work she brings to us. Such a gifted storyteller. We find Brodie in a coastal town with his son. (Their interaction is some of her best writing in BIG SKY.) Jackson is doing basic PI work, when he comes upon a human trafficking ring. Once that plot begins, so does the 'harder' part of the story. Atkinson ...more
    Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    EXCERPT: On a dark street the nondescript grey hatchback slithered quietly to a halt beneath a streetlight that was helpfully broken. The car's engine was killed and the driver, almost as anonymous-looking as the Peugeot itself, climbed out and shut the door with a quiet clunk. The passenger door opened and a girl climbed out. The driver waited on the pavement for her to heave her backpack out of the footwell. The colours of the little rainbows had all turned to grey in the dark and the unicorn ...more
    Faith Hurst-Bilinski
    Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: netgalley
    I know I have read the rest of this series but I realized as soon as I started this one that I don't remember much about it. This starts off just dumping characters and backstory, sometimes oversold backstories, on the reader. I found I was being introduced to so many characters that I couldn't be bothered to care. Some you never did need to care about.

    I thought I remembered liking these stories and this character. It tool me a long time to remember why. There are too many coincidences, too man
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    Marilyn Smith
    May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: adult-fiction
    PI Jackson Brody has a small case following a wandering husband - predictable and slow but Brodie notices things driving around that any ex-cop/P.I. can't ignore, pulling him into more convoluted mysteries.
    well worth the read -
    Kelly
    Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: read-in-2019
    Loved the story, with her trademark humor even in the midst of a serious plot line. My biggest disappointment: not enough Jackson Brodie. It was almost like he was only a minor character.
    Anne
    May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I'm sorry to say this is my first exposure to Atkinson; where I have I been?? I recognize all the titles but I just haven't read one until now. I know this should be a stand-alone novel and it is, but I feel a little like I walked into a fancy dinner party with many guests who all knew each other and I was on the outskirts the entire time. Clearly not the author's fault! There were just so many characters that I had to make a list to keep all the relationships straight; that takes a little enjoy ...more
    Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller
    Kate Atkinson’s most recent novels --- LIFE AFTER LIFE, A GOD IN RUINS and TRANSCRIPTION --- offered innovative, massively inventive approaches to constructing historical fiction. They are beloved and critically acclaimed, and rightly so. But many readers first fell in love with Atkinson’s writing through her four books about Jackson Brodie --- and they will be pleased to discover that, after a hiatus of eight years, she has returned with a new thriller featuring her beloved detective.

    A similar
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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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