When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson
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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."
 

About Kate Atkinson

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Kate Atkinson lives in Edinburgh. Her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, was named Whitbread Book of the Year in the U.K. in 1995, and was followed by Human Croquet, Emotionally Weird, Not the End of the World and Case Histories.
 
Published September 11, 2008 by Little, Brown and Company. 412 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, History, Romance. Fiction

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To Reggie, whose own mother recently died in a freak accident, Joanna and her baby represent an ideal family (Joanna’s husband, a struggling businessman, seems only a vaguely irritating irrelevance to fatherless Reggie).

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Atkinson’s “Case Histories” and “One Good Turn,” books that would be chronologically linked if Ms.

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The New York Times

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It's hard to imagine a novel starting in a more gripping or terrifying way than Kate Atkinson’s new mystery, “When Will There Be Good News?” A stranger with a carving knife ambushes a young family on a deserted country lane, killing mother, daughter, baby, even the dog.

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The Guardian

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Kate Atkinson threw her readers a curveball a few books back.

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NPR

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In the author's third Jackson Brodie mystery, a train crash connects a tangle of characters and crimes. The novel explores the line between protectiveness and violent possessiveness.

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Book Reporter

Since then, with ONE GOOD TURN and now with WHEN WILL THERE BE GOOD NEWS?, Atkinson continues to push the boundaries of the mystery genre, writing intricate, suspenseful character studies that are bound to appeal even to literary purists who would swear they had never read a mystery novel in thei...

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Entertainment Weekly

If you've never read the odd and brilliant Case Histories, in which Kate Atkinson launched the career of private investigator Jackson Brodie, you have an amazing treat in store.

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The Telegraph

After the chilling opening, where a six-year-old child witnesses the killing of her mother and siblings, we fast forward 30 years to an Edinburgh where a woman fears for her life from a violent ex, a policeman ends up on life-support, flats are ransacked by druggies, and where the arson of an amu...

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Christian Science Monitor

6, 2008.] First, the bad news about Kate Atkinson’s When Will There Be Good News?

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Suite 101

Lawrence's classic contains a very peculiar ending for an early 20th century novel.

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The Bookbag

Moreover, as the suspense and the intricacy coalesce into a disturbing narrative, as with her other forays into Jackson Brodie's private eye career, Case Histories and One Good Turn, she makes you laugh, she quotes poetry, she plays tricks with cultural references and she skewers your mind and at...

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Reviewing the Evidence

Left an orphan when her mother dies in a swimming pool in Spain on her first holiday in twenty years, Reggie leaves school, puts her head down, maintains her studies, gets a job, and deals with the consequences of her waster of a brother‛s drug deals gone bad.

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About.com

As in her previous novels featuring private detective Jackson Brodie – Case Histories and One Good Turn – Atkinson has intertwined what first seem to be many separate stories, giving an added sense of mystery: you know all the characters will connect, but the how and why aren't always obvious;

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About.com Bestsellers

Her latest book, When Will There Be Good News?, revisits the same characters and offers the same precise, insightful writing combined with a heart-stopping thriller plotline.

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Bookmarks Magazine

The Story: Dr. Joanna Hunter has it all—a thriving Edinburgh practice, a beautiful home, and a new baby—until the day she receives some chilling news: the man who slaughtered her family 30 years before has been paroled, and the police have lost track of him.

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Curious Book Fans

Quite a bit has happened in Brodie’s life in the intervening period, and also in the life of Detective Chief Inspector Louise Monroe, who was introduced in One Good Turn and is one of the major characters in “When Will There be Good News?” Kate Atkinson is very skilled at drip feeding the back st...

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