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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    Eh

    This was a good story though the author did go off on tangents, so so many. Without the sidebars aplenty, it would have been 4 stars. But that and very little dialog earned it only 3. I will not take a second chance on the author again.

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  • Posted March 27, 2012

    A Student's Persective When WIll There Be Goods was an interesti

    A Student's Persective
    When WIll There Be Goods was an interesting mystery, but do to the fact that I do not like mysteries that much this book did not make a huge impression on me. A little girl witnesses a murder...ok. I believe that I could not credit this book in a mannerally way do to the fact that i do not like mysteries and that i read this book before the other two not knowing it was a serious. This book has it's main audience of thrill seeking "don't know what will happen" type of audience, but that is just not me. It wasn't a horrible book, but not a book that makes me want to read it again like many others that i have read.

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  • Posted February 15, 2009

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    Top notch writing; Great characters...

    Overall a really interesting book...incredibly written...I enjoyed the writing style very much. At first it was difficult to connect with characters because it moved around so much...seemed fragmented at first which was probably the author's intention. She brings everything together in the end...sort of Great Expectation's style. Book lovers will love it. I'm happy to add her to my great author's list.

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