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Case Histories (Jackson Brodie Series #1)

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10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

loved it.

this was a great read! i just finished it. portions of this book were so heartbreaking that i found them difficult to read-- but as a whole, the book was entirely rewarding. i was sort of obsessed with this book while i was reading it. i, too, couldn't stop thin...
this was a great read! i just finished it. portions of this book were so heartbreaking that i found them difficult to read-- but as a whole, the book was entirely rewarding. i was sort of obsessed with this book while i was reading it. i, too, couldn't stop thinking about it. yes, it does have a lot of characters. there were a few times where i had to stop and think for a minute (or just charge through and wait to catch up)-- but i was able to keep track well enough to know what was going on. and i'm pretty dumb in that way.

posted by Anonymous on February 22, 2007

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18 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

That's It?

CASE HISTORIES is a novel about three murder mysteries erratically woven together. I bought the book at the recommendation of Stephen King. Yes, that Stephen King. In his column in Entertainment Weekly a couple of years ago, he named CASE HISTORIES as the best book of t...
CASE HISTORIES is a novel about three murder mysteries erratically woven together. I bought the book at the recommendation of Stephen King. Yes, that Stephen King. In his column in Entertainment Weekly a couple of years ago, he named CASE HISTORIES as the best book of the year. Perhaps I read it during the wrong year. The first few chapters of the novel introduce a new set of characters in each chapter, without tying them together -- haphazardly -- until much later. Their only connection seemingly being Jackson, a detective trying to solve each cold case crime. There were too many characters and names thrown at the reader to truly enjoy and get to know (or care about) any one of them. I recommend future readers grab a piece of paper and pen before sitting down to read CASE HISTORIES and draw family trees and connections so they know who's who and what time period they're in. It truly helped years ago when I read Truddi Chase's 100+ multiple personality account in When Rabbit Howls. Then again, that book held my interest. As I started to get to know the characters a little bit, the author would end the chapter and start anew with different characters. By the time I got to a second chapter with characters introduced several chapters back, I had already forgotten what their story was and how each interacted with one another. After several chapters like this, I was discouraged. A friend of mine told me to 'stick with it' because after she got through the muck, she got into the story much more. Sadly, I never reached that point. Like the 2007-2008 TV Season, I got interested in the new characters and then they were taken away from me (because of the writers' strike). I had to endure their absences and by the time they returned, I forgot why I liked them in the first place. As for Kate Atkinson's writing, it was reminiscent of Ellen DeGeneres' comic rambling...without the comedy. The author went off on tangents at every possible moment, as if we were leaping from one person's thoughts to another's. There wasn't a specific point of view in the book, as if Atkinson couldn't decide whose viewpoint to use. Another disappointment I found with Atkinson's writing is her account of the violence and murders. They were all written matter-of-factly. No drama, no suspense, no build-up. It was almost...textbook. This, too, made me unsympathetic toward the characters and their bonds with the victims. And when the mysteries were solved and truths revealed, they felt anticlimatic. The ideas were interesting, but they weren't fleshed out in the writing. The author mostly tells you what happened instead of showing it. All in all, although this wasn't the worst book I've read, I was very disappointed after investing in 300 pages. After too long of disinterest, when you finally reach something of interest, you can't muster up the enthusiasm to enjoy it. By then, you already feel cheated by the writer. 'That's it?' Jackson [asked]. 'No, of course it's not,' Amelia said. 'Now we have tea and cake.'

posted by Anonymous on April 4, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2013

    Good plot, bad ending

    This book was extremely interesting, and i couldn't put it down. Each of the stories pulls you in and leaves you wondering. However, the way it jumps from story to story is sometimes frustrating. The ending is very dissappointing and abrupt; too many questions are left unanswered.

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  • Posted May 3, 2013

    Worth checking out

    An interesting set of stories. Not having read any of her books, I found I had to read several pages to adjust to her style. Looking forward to more of her books.

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  • Posted May 11, 2011

    Starts off slow, but ends with a bang

    Don't let the beginning fool you, or get you confused, as you might become what with the different stories and different characters coming in. I ended up loving this book and couldn't put it down in the end.

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  • Posted October 10, 2010

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    It is interesting on how it is written.

    Lots of different characters in this book. It was kind of hard to keep them straight, but it all came together in the end. As I was reading this book, I wasn't sure I liked it because it jumped around a lot. But I was happy with the ending and was glad I stuck with it.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Not my favorite book

    I liked the story lines but had a hard time with the characters. There were a lot of characters and 3 stories that all come together at a point. The thing is you jump from one story to another and try to keep the charaters with the right stories was difficult for me and also remembering who was who. Also between stories the book goes from present to past and back again. Not my favorite book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2006

    Good, but slightly confusing

    The idea of the book is new and fresh, but could be difficult to follow. There are a lot of names to remember and sometimes so much time lapses between stories that you forget characters. Over all I enjoyed it, but it's not like I couldn't put it down.

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