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When Will There Be Good News? (Jackson Brodie Series #3)

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16 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

Great Literary Thriller

Joanna Hunter, witness to a horrendous crime when she was six, is living a quiet, well-ordered life, until a killer is released from jail. 'When Will There Be Good News' revolves around this central story, but if you think this is an ordinary crime novel, think again! T...
Joanna Hunter, witness to a horrendous crime when she was six, is living a quiet, well-ordered life, until a killer is released from jail. 'When Will There Be Good News' revolves around this central story, but if you think this is an ordinary crime novel, think again! This is the third book in the Jackson Brodie series and when Jackson is around things never go as expected. He is an ex-cop turned private investigator who never really means to do the right thing, but can't seem to stop himself. And doing the right thing, for Jackson, somehow always lands him in hot water. I was pleased to see that Louise, a detective with a heart of gold and emotions of steel, is back. She always gives Jackson a run for his money! I was absolutely charmed by Reggie, mother's helper to Joanna, Sadie, Joanna's loyal (and huge) dog, and by Joanna herself. I can't wait to see if any of them are back in the next book! I listened to the audio version of 'When Will There Be Good News' and Ellen Archer's (2007 Audie Award winner) lovely accent and beautiful characterizations add even more depth to this already fantastic book. A fast paced, intelligent, complex plot, deliciously flawed characters, and truly evil villains make this book a must read!

posted by Anonymous on October 1, 2008

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Disappointing

I am a fan of Kate Atkinson and her writing style but this book didn't work for me. Unlike her other books, the characters in this one didn't grab me. I didn't find Joanna Mason's adult character believable, particularly when compared to the child she was at the start o...
I am a fan of Kate Atkinson and her writing style but this book didn't work for me. Unlike her other books, the characters in this one didn't grab me. I didn't find Joanna Mason's adult character believable, particularly when compared to the child she was at the start of the story. I found Reggie's character a little bland and it took forever to lead to why she even mattered so much.

Overall, there were too many characters doing different things that we were only given snippets of. There were a lot of words but not much going on. When things did happen, it was all sadness. I skimmed over some parts and wondered where the detail was for others. For me, the entire mood of the story was melancholy disarray.

posted by BookAddictFL on August 2, 2011

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    Posted March 24, 2013

    Stink

    I tried this i did not think it was good at all so im just giving you a heads up that you should never read this book and by the way this book really really stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Warning! This book should never be read!

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  • Posted February 12, 2012

    The one good thing about this book is...

    ...the fact that I know now not to buy anything else by this author. I get that it is British, so it felt at times like trying to do a crossword puzzle, trying to figure out what words meant. A few of the characters I liked, so really was determined to finish and unravel the mystery. The story had its ups and downs. I wish there was someone I knew who'd read it to ask about some characters I can't quite piece together...parts of the book were so, so confusing, and who likes to be left with unanswered questions after investing time in reading hundreds of pages. 2 thumbs down. :0(

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