I absolutely love Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie novels I’ve said it before and I will say it again!
When will there be good news? is the third of the Jackson Brodie novels, and the fourth one I’ve read. When I finished it, I was disappointed to discover that there are only four of them, so now I’m waiting and hoping for another.
A horrific crime committed 30 years ago, Jackson Brodie and a former acqaintance, DCI Louise Monroe, (from One Good Turn) all collide in this novel in which a doctor vanishes mysteriously, a train crashes and a fair number of people die (as ever). There’s mistaken identity, there’s amnesia and crimes covered up. And of course a big twist or two at the end.
Perhaps the best thing about this novel is Reggie, a 16 year old girl, who works as a nanny. Old and wise beyond her years, she has nothing left in the world, apart from working for the doctor and her baby. So when the doctor mysteriously vanishes, Reggie sets out to find her, no matter what it takes. And she ropes in Jackson Brodie along the way to help her.
This novel is moving, funny and exciting and the characters believable, beautiful and flawed.
Kate Atkinson’s books are so easy to read and so enjoyable, I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone!