2010: 40. When Will There Be Good News?

“The heat rising up from the tarmac seemed to get trapped between the thick hedges that towered above their heads like battlements.”

When Will There Be Good News?  Kate Atkinson

      I really like Atkinson, and I’ve read almost everything she’s written (though for some reason I seem mostly to have blogged about the more experimental books that I liked the least such as Emotionally Weird, and Human Croquet - though I did really like One Good Turn).  When Will There Be Good News is a continuation, of sorts, of the story told in Case Histories and One Good Turn, in that part of the story is dedicated to Atkinson’s detective, Jackson Brodie, and his attempts to sort out his life, while the rest of the novel is about a case that Jackson is, for lack of a better word, solving.  I say that, because Jackson seems to tend to fall into these things, particularly here, where he only becomes involved in the case under extremely complicated circumstances (but telling them would be taking away half your fun in reading the book!).  The rest of the story is about Joanna Mason, who, as a young child saw her entire family murdered - and who disappears on the day that the man who committed the crime was released from prison.  No one suspects anything - especially since her ne’er do well husband is hushing the whole thing up, but her devoted nanny, Reggie, becomes frantic with worry and forces people to take notice.

      I really liked the Reggie and Joanna parts of the book, even as the book repeatedly ripped my heart out (the part where Joanna’s whole family is killed, the parts when Joanna - oh and her BABY son are gone and Reggie is worrying).  I’m not quite as in love with Jackson Brodie as Atkinson is (which was part of my issue with One Good Turn), but I like her books and her writing so that I will continue to read them, regardless.   But I think that Behind the Scenes at the Museum  is still my favorite. I should re-read that!

Date/Place Completed:  March 2010; coming back from oral argument in New York

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017