If you already know all about Kate Atkinson, feel free to skip to the next review. But if you’re like me and you’ve been meaning to read her for years but never seem to get around to it, let me tell you that you MUST read Case Histories. It is by turns hilarious and tragic, with an unexpected existential edge that has lingered ever since.
An exciting yet thoughtful novel, this book is a mystery without being a stereotypical who-dun-nit. A charmingly flawed detective works on cold cases and slowly uncovers details tying everything together in unexpected ways. It's a great book group selection because you will have varying theories to compare.
The first book in Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie Mysteries series, called "The best mystery of the decade" by Stephen King, finds private investigator Jackson Brodie following three seemingly unconnected family mysteries in Edinburg.
Case one: A little girl goes missing in the night.
Case two: A beautiful young office worker falls victim to a maniac's apparently random attack.
Case three: A new mother finds herself trapped in a hell of her own making - with a very needy baby and a very demanding husband - until a fit of rage creates a grisly, bloody escape.
Thirty years after the first incident, as private investigator Jackson Brodie begins investigating all three cases, startling connections and discoveries emerge . . .
About the Author
Kate Atkinson's first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, was named England's Whitbread Book of the Year in 1996. Since then, she has written eleven more ground-breaking, bestselling books. She lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.
"Grabs hold of the reader and doesn't let go. . . . CASE HISTORIES winds up having more depth and vividness than ordinary thrillers and more thrills than ordinary fiction."
, New York Times
"CASE HISTORIES is so exuberant, so empathetic, that it makes most murder-mystery page-turners feel as lifeless as the corpses they're strewn with."
, New York Times Book Review
"One of the most enjoyable books in a long time."
, Kansas City Star
"Not just the best novel I read this year, but the best mystery of the decade. . . . I defy any reader not to feel a combination of delight and amazement."
, Entertainment Weekly
"CASE HISTORIES combines the suspense of a whodunit with the richly textured plot of a sprawling family saga. The result is top-notch literature - an unforgettable, unclassifiable read."
, Chicago Sun-Times