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.
Jackson's curr ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
”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 ...more
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 ...more
Despite the long absence I had no trouble getting into the Brodie ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I have only ever read two detective series and Jackson Brodie was the first. I adore his dark, almost brooding nature; his unlucky nature; his innate heroism; and, most especially, his damaged psyche. I also appreciate Atkinson’s courage in submerging Brodie in the darkest, most disturbingly violent criminals - in this case, horrific underage sex rings and human trafficking.
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Brodie is still working as a PI and still often inept or unsuccessful. He has a teenage son who wasn't part of Case Histories and his daughter Marley reappears near the end of the story and is now grown.
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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 ...more
Jason Issacs, not surprisingly, was a brilliant narrator using various accents and voices to being life to the characters.
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