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Case Histories By Kate Atkinson,

  • Title: Case Histories
  • Author: Kate Atkinson
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  • Page: 323
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  • Case One Olivia Land, youngest and most beloved of the Land girls, goes missing in the night and is never seen again More than thirty years later, two of her surviving sisters, each achingly lonely in her own way, reunite when their cruel and distant father dies There, among the clutter of their childhood home, they unearth a shocking clue to Olivia s disappearance Case One Olivia Land, youngest and most beloved of the Land girls, goes missing in the night and is never seen again More than thirty years later, two of her surviving sisters, each achingly lonely in her own way, reunite when their cruel and distant father dies There, among the clutter of their childhood home, they unearth a shocking clue to Olivia s disappearance Case Two All of Theo s happiness is tied to his devoted daughter Laura He delights in her wit, her effortless beauty, and selfless love, and in the fact that she s taken a position at his prestigious law firm But on her first day on the job, a maniac storms into the office and turns Theo s world upside down Case Three Michelle looks around one day and finds herself trapped in a hell of her own making A very needy baby and a very demanding husband make her every waking moment a reminder that somewhere, somehow, shed made a grave mistake and would spend the rest of her life paying for it until a fit of rage creates a grisly, bloody escape As Private Detective Jackson Brodie investigates all three cases, startling connections and discoveries emerge Jackson finds himself inextricably caught up in his clients lives their grief, their job, their desire, and their unshakable need for resolution are very much like his own.
    Case Histories Case One Olivia Land youngest and most beloved of the Land girls goes missing in the night and is never seen again More than thirty years later two of her surviving sisters each achingly lonely in

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    1. This should actually get two stars only but me and Kate Atkinson go way back I read her Behind the Scenes in the Museum when I was a newbie to the grown up literature and I loved it I am quite afraid to go and revisit it now because after reading Case Histories I am not sure if Atkinson can actually write.This is some sort of psychological drama crime story, so you don t expect the writing to knock you of your feet However, quite often I read that Atkinson writes literary crime fiction and that [...]

    2. Case Histories Jackson Brodie 1 by Kate Atkinson is a 2007 Little, Brown and Co publication Jackson Brodie, private detective, has an interesting case load A father looking for the man who viciously murdered his daughter, an elderly lady with so many cats, Jackson must help her look for them, a pair of eccentric sisters looking for the truth about their missing sister, and the sister of an ax murderer is looking for her runaway niece The cases are ones where a client wished to investigate privat [...]

    3. This is one of the best detective novels I have read in a really long time Set mostly in Cambridge, England, it s the story of a private detective as he tries to solve three cold cases I mean, REALLY cold the most recent crime is still 10 years old as they all interweave and mix in with personal life In theory, the plot is nothing special some missing persons and murder cases, and the details are revealed as the story develops, and the detective s personal life is a mess and someone is trying to [...]

    4. I m less enthusiastic about this book than Nikki I certainly enjoyed the author s wry humor her characters were both thoroughly imagined and presented with great empathy and her detective was unique I also appreciate authors trying to stretch the mystery genre and find ways to alter its railroad track kind of plotting All to the good But her attempt at plot manipulation was confusing at first and eventually just annoying She told three or four, depending on how you count different murder stories [...]

    5. What a joy it is to not only discover an author I haven t read before, but to read a book which I did not want to put down That is the effect that this novel had on me As a long time reader of crime fiction, it is also a joy to read such a literate and character driven mystery, which does not fit neatly into any particular crime fiction sub genre While crimes are committed and a detective is there to solve them, neither the crimes themselves nor their resolution are what makes the novel live and [...]

    6. I really, really disliked this book I was ready to put it down by page 20, but slogged on If this was supposed to be a literary thriller, it failed miserably on both accounts On top of Atkinson s cliched writing style, there were multitudes of plot strands that were ridiculously and not credibly interwoven many parents again, not credibly indifferent to their children a toll of murder, death, attempted murder, rape, and sexual abuse that had risen almost too high to count by the end gratuitous w [...]

    7. Definitely a page turner And one that relies not on plot alone, but on character development much , which makes it my kind of page turner I truly didn t ever want to put it down I ended up feeling that I knew these people and missed them when I was finished Atkinson is deft at handling several complex storylines and, as only some of the characters stories end up overlapping at least as far as they know , I appreciated the realism of some events being known by only the reader I also enjoyed both [...]

    8. This book falls under 2 genres mystery and family drama and I would argue that it is much than the sum of its parts Every character was incredibly real, incredibly flawed, and incredibly complex Having said that, Case Histories feels like a light read because of Atkinson s great wit Atkinson has a talent for weaving together 3 seemingly unrelated stories, all with themes loss, innocence, and healing While many of the characters are female, the central character is Jackson Brodie, a private dete [...]

    9. Pearl Ruled CASE HISTORIES by KATE ATKINSONRating 2 of five p102 First of the hugely popular Jackson Brodie series of mysteries set in Scotland, this book comes super positively blurbed by Stephen King, recommended by site royalty, and could not possibly have left me flat, uninterested, and even impatient The rain s easing off, he said, and Caroline said, Yes, I think it is He stood up and escorted her outside The dogs had been asleep and now made a great performance of welcoming Caroline s app [...]

    10. To be honest, I thought this book was a bit of a mess The subject matter was often compelling and I deeply appreciated her focus mostly on character rather than plot which was an especially good choice not only because it played to Atkinson s strengths in psychological drama, but because was pretty easy to guess the resolution of each plot not long after it appeared She does fairly convincing atmosphere, too And she definitely committed to her unlikeable characters until the end.But it s only wo [...]

    11. She should have done science, not spent all her time with her head in novels Novels gave you a completely false idea about life, they told lies and they implied there were endings when in reality there were no endings, everything just went on and on and on I have been in a reading slump but this book was exactly what I needed I wanted a cool crime novel I got that and something very different I enjoyed this book immensely I had the 4th book in the series in hardcover so I decided to get the othe [...]

    12. This is the second of Atkinson s Jackson Brodie mystery novels I ve read I ve previously enjoyed One Good Turn To briefly summarize what others have already mentioned, in this novel, Brodie takes on three cold cases and deals with a variety of individuals who vary from eccentric to criminal, from engaging to seemingly insane Their stories, and the stories of the old crimes, are set up carefully and with wonderful detail, wending their ways back and forth through the book We see the story through [...]

    13. I really liked this It s not your conventional detective mystery despite a missing toddler and two murders, its emphasis is on the characters rather than the crimes.Detective Jackson Brodie is dealing with his own emotional baggage, as are the various family members of the three cold cases he s investigating The result is tragic, quirky, confusing, surprising, frustrating, compelling I read it in two sittings, such is its complex pull.Recommended if you like something a little different.

    14. In Case Histories, Kate Atkinson gives us a detective story unlike any other I ve read Normally, in detective novels, the reader sees things through the eyes of the detective, who is usually the main or only protagonist, and tries to solve the case alongside him or her This classic who done it formula is a lot of fun for fans of the detective genre like me but it s not one Atkinson chooses to use.In this novel, Jackson Brodie ex army, ex police, ex husband, current private detective and father h [...]

    15. I m only giving this book two stars, but it s really better than that It s just not what I expected, I guess.Case Histories focuses on a set of fictional cold cases in England The characters all end up interacting in various ways with Jackson Brodie, a private detective hired to look into the cases for various reasons The stories are interesting and compelling, and the characters are okay, but a bit stereotyped The problem I had with the book is that it s a mystery novel, in essence, but the aut [...]

    16. The sweet youngest daughter in the family goes missing one hot summer night A lawyer s teenage daughter is killed in a senseless act of violence at his workplace A mother goes crazy after the birth of her daughter and goes to jail for killing her husband What do these three cases have in common They have all landed on the desk of private investigator Jackson Brodie Brodie s got problems of his own His wife has remarried, his precocious daughter is dressing way beyond her years, and the strange c [...]

    17. This 2004 story is set in Cambridge, England and concerns the mysteries surrounding three cold cases In 1970, three year old Olivia Land disappeared overnight from the family garden and was missing, presumed dead In 1994 a stranger wearing a yellow golf jersey walked into the offices of a firm of solicitors and stabbed to death a young office worker, Laura Wyre, but was never apprehended Both cases remain unsolved In a third case from 1979, the murderer was convicted 18 year old Michelle Fletche [...]

    18. Amazingly good I didn t want to put it down and I didn t, until I finished the book, 48 hours after beginning, Phew I m not a fast reader but I found this a real page turner It isn t a thriller, but it s a fantastic mystery I read it and listened to it The narrator of the audiobook was excellent It won t be long before I read the next one in the series I just have to catch my breath first.

    19. Hodge podge jumbles sad incoherent unpleasant British murders and warped porn glimpses into a dark vision of humanity The least hint of warmth, love, is buried, by atrocities of average citizens gone wrong than extreme villainy, like Holocaust butcher next door I lasted for some of the exposition, then skipped to find closure Chapters jump from 1970s to 1990s, then names, tangle people, then unravel mysteries At the start, cute sweet toddler disappears from own back yard, stranger slices pretty [...]

    20. Gahhh, what a mess The three case histories are connected by complete coincidence, and only the tiniest possible amount, the characters are complete caricatures and the entire plot was contrived and overblown I ve heard a lot about Kate Atkinson, most of it amazing, but this does not tempt me to read any of her books Though it could be worse, I suppose At least she can string a coherent sentence togetherTE I have since read Life After Life and it is worlds away from this mess Her writing there [...]

    21. Jackson Brodie, our Detective protagonist, is hired to solve the mysteries surrounding 3 case histories We meet many characters, most of which I absolutely LOVED Kate Atkinson does a fabulous job developing these characters, flaws and all.While most of the cases do get resolved by the end, there is one that is left un resolved, hoping that she brings this back up in a future book, since this is a series Loved the banter between Amelia and Julia, sisters torn apart by little Olivia, the sister th [...]

    22. An unlikely mix of nasty murders, sexual abuse and wild black humour that reminded me a little of Fay Weldon.

    23. If ever implements a half star system, this one gets bumped up I liked it quite a bit, and I m not usually much one for mysteries and thrillers But it s a mystery thriller in only the loosest terms Atkinson obviously prefers to focus on her characters first That s not to say the plot is an afterthought it manages to weave together three or four stories of tragic death over the course of several decades, and does it rather well, even if, in the end, the answers aren t wholly satisfying.It is, mos [...]

    24. This is my second writing of a review of this engaging novel The first has vaporized into unknown cyberspace It quickly becomes apparent thatCase Historiesis no ordinary mystery novel Kate Atkinson has deftly woven the strands of suspense, intolerable and vicious crimes and astute detective work with sensitive tales of individual and family drama Briefly, Atkinson has written of Detective Jackson Brodie, who has undertaken the burdensome endeavor of solving three very cold cases Initially one wo [...]

    25. one quality i dislike about many mystery or detective stories is how quickly it becomes apparent to me who the perpetrator is and how the plot will play out this is the second novel i have read recently where i couldn t predict all the twists another was Tana French s Into the Wood i can see why so many people talk about Atkinson s attention to detail and delving into the aftereffects of tragic events for me this book wasn t so much about the crimes themselves, but how people coped with them the [...]

    26. 3.5 starsThree cases for Jackson Brodie, private investigator to solve The three cases were set out at the beginning and then we re brought to the present for the investigation.The way the story linked together worked really well I was a little confused at times but this felt like part of the sleuthing process and was a bit of an extra challenge.I liked all the characters EXCEPT Jackson I m sorry but he was an unconvincing detective let s all take our 8 year old daughter with us to interview peo [...]

    27. It s a little startling to see hear, since it s an audio book bits of myself popping up all over this book I bear a strong resemblance in a lot of ways to one character another has a lot in common with me as well, though not in quite as this is ridiculous a way I found myself finishing sentences in unison with the narrator not because the writing was predictable, but because it was the way I would have written it There s even a character whose husband gives her the nickname Caro, which is a name [...]

    28. I didn t really know what to expect from this I picked it up because it was recommended and I d read the sample chapter via kindle and I was pleasantly surprised It was a quick read, and though it could be difficult to keep characters straight flipping back to check a name or plot point is hard on a kindle it was entertaining and I liked the characters I thought they were sketched with empathy and detail, and they managed to feel quite real despite the ludicrous connections between them and the [...]

    29. Case Histories is the first of Kate Atkinson s four Jackson Brodie mysteries not that I knew that when I started reading Mysteries usually mean murder, and in this book there are three, and all occurred many 34, 10, and 15 years ago and all are still unsolved when Brodie takes them on First, we meet Olivia, a three year old who is the youngest and favorite daughter in a family with four young daughters, who vanished one night thirty four years ago and still has not been found Atkinson makes us m [...]

    30. CASE HISTORIES PI Jackson Brodie England Cont VGAtkinson, Kate 1st in seriesDoubleday, 2004, UK Hardcover ISBN 0385607997First Sentence How lucky were they Ex cop Jackson Brodie has three cases on which he is working In 1970, Olivia, the youngest of three sisters disappears after she and another sister spent the night in their backyard tent Their father has now died When cleaning out his desk, the two middle sisters find Olivia s favorite toy What happened to Olivia In 1979, an overwhelmed wife [...]

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