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Old 06-27-2009, 05:35 PM
 
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I'm not sure what you'd call this book, there are many backstories, a murder, a kidnapping...but essentially its more than several peoples stories, told consequetively and they end up intersecting.
I'm not doing the book justice and probably can't but its REALLY well written by someone who is quite obviously well read and well educated. Her character development isn't just told to you in plain language. She uses conversation, snippets of poetry, back story intricately and well - but don't be scared off, its not artsy fartsy or hard, just good. If you like books set in the UK, involing police action, but not hard boiled gory police procedure set pieces. If you have half a brain - give this a shot I think you'll like it.

5.5 stars on Amazon - for the genre I would tend to agree
Critics greeted the return of Jackson Brodie enthusiastically, and many stated that When Will There Be Good News? is the best installment of the three-book series. Atkinson’s mysteries develop naturally from her charmingly flawed characters and display her keen insight into human nature. Her control of the plot is absolute: it ratchets up the tension while the narrative accelerates to breakneck speeds. Atkinson’s razor-sharp humor and literary games add to the fun without distracting from the story. A few critics lamented the heavy use of coincidences and mistaken identities, but the Guardian perceived an added layer of meaning to such plot contrivances. Readers are forewarned: they may not be able to put down this riveting, entertaining, and clever novel until they’ve turned the final page.
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