When Will There Be Good News is a mild thriller and the third book in the Jackson Brodie series.
The book opens with a brutal murder of a family where a six-year-old child is the only survivor. The story then jumps forward thirty years, where we are introduced to mother’s help Reggie, to Dr Hunter and her baby boy. We are also introduced to Louise, a Detective Chief Inspector who has become hardened by her years on the force and who struggles to hold down her personal relationships. Lastly, there is Jackson Brodie, an ex-policeman who becomes innocently involved with events in Edinburgh as they escalate around him.
Proceedings transpire to bring all of these characters together, but the story is not straightforward and it requires a good deal of concentration to keep up.
I’ve now read three books by this author, all of them quite different. Atkinson certainly stamps her own style on her writing. The internal dialogue and the multiple snippets of Latin and literature added layers to some of the characters, but I found it quite exhausting to read. However, I was still intrigued enough by the storyline to continue reading and was eager to see how it would all end.
Overall, a good story but I didn’t completely fall in love with the mode of the writing.
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