A day like any other for security chief Tracy Waterhouse, until she makes a purchase she hadn't bargained for. One moment of madness is all it takes for Tracy's humdrum world to be turned upside down, the tedium of everyday life replaced by fear and danger at every turn.
Witnesses to Tracy's Faustian exchange in the Merrion Centre in Leeds are Tilly, an elderly actress teetering on the brink of her own disaster, and Jackson Brodie, who has returned to his home county in search of someone else's roots.
All three characters learn that the past is never history and that no good deed goes unpunished.
Kate Atkinson dovetails and counterpoints her plots with Dickensian brilliance in a tale peopled with unlikely heroes and villains. Started Early, Took My Dog is freighted with wit, wisdom and a fierce moral intelligence. It confirms Kate Atkinson’s position as one of the great writers of our time.
©2010 Kate Atkinson (P)2010 Random House Audio
I am enjoying Audio versions of books theses days, love to listen while I'm driving, I fell I get to know the characters better
The book was OK. I enjoyed it, once I suspended my disbelief that a police officer saavy enough to be on the force for 20-some years and rise to a very senior level would make such a dumb move as buying a child from her abuser. That aside, I liked the twists and turns in the plot. But as with another book I listened to within the last year, it felt as though the author reached the required page count and just wound things up quickly. The story was nowhere near over yet. No satisfactory resolution, no tying the loose ends up with a bow, nothing. Rather disappointing overall. But the narrator was great, for what that is worth when the story kinds sucks, in the end.
The ending leaves it wide open for a sequel. "Started Early, Took My Dog" doesn't really END at all.
"The best one of the series"
This is my favourite Jackson Brodie story. I love the story of Tracy and her relationship with the little girl. This however is just a small part of a thoroughly satisfactory and intriguing tale.
I did not realise this was an abridged version when I downloaded the book. I hate to listen to abridged books and as much as I like Jason Isaacs reading this what is the point? I would rather the whole story or not at all.
"Took a bit of getting used to"
My second Kate Atkinson. I read the last one so this was my first listen. I enjoyed it, but as with the other one I had read I find the coincidences a little too much. It took a little while to get into as I found I was easily distracted. But got my act together and made myself pay attention and then I was hooked.
Well paced, intricately interwoven plot, satisfyingly drawn characters and with the kind of moral complexity that I like in an Atkinson novel. The narration was suitably deadpan. Very enjoyable.
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