Case Two: A beautiful young office worker falls victim to a maniac's apparently random attack.
Case Three: A new mother finds herself trapped in a hell of her own making - with a very needy baby and a very demanding husband - until a fit of rage creates a grisly, bloody escape.
Thirty years after the first incident, as private detective Jackson Brodie begins investigating all three cases, startling connections and discoveries emerge.
©2004 Kate Atkinson; (P)2005 Hachette Audio
I thought the characters, plot, etc. were realistic and very well "painted" by Atkinson. I liked how no one was "all good" or "all bad." Like real-life, I found the people portrayed to be interesting, but also full of surprises (some good, some bad). My only "quibble" with the book was the end felt quite rushed. Having been quite eloquent and verbose, the final chapters seemed to somewhat "fall off, abruptly." But still didn't undermine the book! Woo hoo! Well-done, Kate!
Despite the title and the other reviews, this is not a mystery in any way, so be warned. There is a detective, and he does have clients, but that's about the extent of the mystery-ness of the book. It's more like an Anne Tyler novel with slightly more grisly backstories for the characters. Also, be warned that the characters are uniformly negative in their perspective, with a strong tendency towards passivity, or at least, extensive complaining about their situation. By contrast, a book like
I didn't like moody contemporary novels about people who are unhappy with their lives before listening to this, and I still don't. I suppose it would be more accurate to say this book didn't suddenly fill me with a desire to read more books in this genre.
The best thing about this book is that it served as a valuable reminder to doublecheck reviews on Amazon.com to make sure you know what you're getting before you buy something.
A waste of a credit.
The author spent way too many words revealing the inner ruminations of some of her characters -- particularly two middle-aged sisters, who are very much preoccupied with themselves and their sexuality. I suppose that authors like to present "realistic" characters, but I don't think anyone in the book was particularly honorable or admirable.
I am always slightly puzzled by the mixed reviews on various books, and realize that everyone has different tastes. Having said that. however, I am a loss to understand why this book did not captivate everyone who read it. As other reviewers have stated, the structure of the book is ingenious. The characters are fascinating, and the ending has some surprises. Jackson Brody is not a typical hero, and the people who populate the book are eccentric and unpredictable. The narrator was flawless, and I was disappointed to discover that she only narrates one other Kate Atkinson book, and that only five of her books are even available on audio. One of them (the next book in this series) is only available in an abridged form. I've already bought the book in print form (well, actually for my Kindle - so Amazon gets my money in either case) and will hope for more Kate Atkinson books on audio, hopefully read by Susan Jameson.
I really enjoy the accent used by the narrator for the characters, I could see myself in Cambridge. The unspoken thoughts were funny. I love the way each case intertwined with the other.
There was an excess of rambling text that contributed almost nothing to the plot. In a nutshell, it was quite boring.
I was very intrigued by the middle of the book how the author would weave all the stories together and reveal one great mystery, since it seemed that the reader got many clues throughout the book. I always try to figure out the end myself and since I was completely lost for most of the book, I was eager for a brilliant, unexpected ending. HOWEVER all clues were just meaningless tidbits that had nothing to do with the story and there was NO BRILLIANT SOLUTION or connection whatsoever. What a let down. There was no clever investigation by the hero, most of the case solutions just got handed to him by someone the police forgot to question . Seriously ?? On the other hand I am not surprised since I read Life after Life by Atkinson before and that book had the same problem - just feel flat at the end. Which is a shame because I like the overall way the books are written but you feel cheated when the end is just bland.
If there was a sequel to the Cuckoo's calling - that would be it !!
I like hearing someone talk in a British accent and I thought she really portrayed the characters well. Would listen to a book read by her again, just not an Atkins one.
The end and replace it with a Sherlock Holmes style brilliant ending!
I am in awe at all the positive reviews this book got, either I am to picky of a reader or people just thought they had to agree with Stephen King.
Finely written and wonderfully delivered by Jameson. Disappointed in the resolution however, making me think I missed something.... But the journey was awfully good indeed.
This narrator couldn't have been more perfect for this author and book. Her narration was seamless, an absolute delight.
Great novel, in which the mystery, while it didn't take a back seat, was gracefully woven into a truly captivating fabric. Characters were all fleshed out beautifully, humor was balanced with pathos in just the right degree. I can't say enough good things about this book, the author, and the narrator. They were all made for each other, and the lucky listener was the winner.
Won't be this author.
This book was all over the place. Did not enjoy.
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