When Will There Be Good News?

A Novel

Atkinson, Kate

(Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
When Will There Be Good News?
On a hot summer day, Joanna Mason's family slowly wanders home along a country lane. A moment later, Joanna's life is changed forever... On a dark night thirty years later, ex-detective Jackson Brodie finds himself on a train that is both crowded and late. Lost in his thoughts, he suddenly hears a shocking sound... At the end of a long day, 16-year-old Reggie is looking forward to watching a little TV. Then a terrifying noise shatters her peaceful evening. Luckily, Reggie makes it a point to be prepared for an emergency... These three lives come together in unexpected and deeply thrilling ways in the latest novel from Kate Atkinson, the critically acclaimed author who Harlan Coben calls "an absolute must-read."
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2008.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 0316154857
Characteristics: 388 p. ;,25 cm.


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Oct 26, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Atkinson’s third mystery featuring ex-cop turned PI Jackson Brodie. A little girl hides in a corn field to escape an attacker who murders the rest of her family. Thirty years later Brodie jumps on the wrong train and is almost killed. He is rescued by a young girl who involves him in a complicated search for a missing person. Atkinson brings all these plots together brilliantly and offers the reader wonderful character studies.

Jan 16, 2014
  • hania4987 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

this is the third of Jackson Brodie books. It was easier to follow all the intertwined stories because of the two anchor characters of Jackson and Louise.

Apr 12, 2012
  • Roundcat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Once again the puzzle pieces of this story all make a picture with a major surprise at the end that changes the whole perspective of the picture--if you've read the whole book. Amazing how Atkinson skillfully puts all the pieces in place, then pulls them all together.

Dec 06, 2011
  • R_2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I've been working my way through mystery/detective novels from Britain/Scotland/Iceland/Netherlands. Kate Atkinson was recommended by a coworker.

I loved this book. The author's character development is what makes it an enjoyable read. I kept reading it because I wanted to know what was going to happen. Doesn't get much better than that.

Nov 18, 2011
  • LuvToLearn rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great character-driven suspense.

Jackson Brodie series, Book 3

Oct 19, 2011
  • kcs76 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Another very entertaining, well plotted crime novel. Atkinson has created some marvelous characters to accompany Jackson Brodie on his continuing adventures.

Jul 25, 2011
  • yoj rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I'm addicted. Kate Atkinson is my new favourite author.

Warm, simple, real people. All win my sympathy.

Nov 14, 2010
  • debwalker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Compelling read. Starts with the worst news ever and then shoots forward into the impacts 30 years on of a terrible crime.

Feb 15, 2010
  • PatrickT rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is the third in a series with the same main characters. The first is Case Histories and the second is One Good Turn. All are very enjoyable - a mix of comedy and mystery.

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