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One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson
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Jul 31, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2009

There's something about Kate Atkinson which I love. I've always found her books to be easy to read but peopled with complex and prickly characters who are difficult to like and this is no exception.

Set in Edinburgh, the story spirals outwards from a single violent event that touches a number of people. The people all turn out to be interlinked in the most tangential ways and the story hinges on a number of coincidences but it did not seem contrived. Edinburgh is a very small city, so the fact that seemingly disparate people are connected is the norm.

It's not my favourite Kate Atkinson story - I enjoyed Case Histories and Behind the Scenes at the Museum more - but it's very good and has left me looking forward to reading more.

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