When Will There Be Good News?
by Kate Atkinson
Hardcover, 348 pages
This is the third book in Kate Atkinson's...detective Jackson Brodie series. And like her previous two, the author loves weaving and winding backstories that seem almost random, but somehow fit together when you hit the homestretch. This is a crime fiction tale with some intriguing pieces of mystery and a lot of characters to keep straight. Many seem to have little connection with each other and I have to admit, I was a little bit confused. It's only as I approached the homestretch that pieces began to fit together.
It's not a bad read, but I couldn't help thinking while turning pages, the author was just writing to be clever. Maybe too clever. There are a few Louies and twists to keep you off-balance, and Kate Atkinson definitely has a very unique way of managing the seemingly unmanageable. But the story takes off pretty slow and it never quite kicks it into high gear. And though I didn't 'not' like the story, I was hoping for a little more suspense. Kate Atkinson is a brilliant author as her first two Jackson Brodie novels will attest. However, "...Good News" is just...okay for me. Forewarned is forearmed.
"Bad News" - Moon Martin / (live 1981)