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Case Histories: A Novel | [Kate Atkinson]

Case Histories: A Novel

Case One: A little girl goes missing in the night. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Case One: A little girl goes missing in the night.

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

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    TS MAPLE VALLEY, WA, United States 10-09-11
    TS MAPLE VALLEY, WA, United States 10-09-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Keeper"

    This one I chose almost on a whim, and it took me completely by surprise. Oddly funny; darkly so. Very human and real. You'll want to pay very close attention to details given seemingly randomly. You'll need them later. Beware that it does seem to start sluggishly; I wondered early on if I had made one of those occaisional mistakes voracious audiobook consumers dread. But if you are at all a fan of Brit mystery and drama, settle in as you'll get what you came for and more. I'll be tearing through the balance of the series as soon as time permits

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    Paul Krasner 05-02-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Very disappointing"

    When I read the great reviews about this book, I was really looking forward to the listen. I was terribly disappointed. The author was trying to be creative in her approach to writing a mystery novel. However, she failed terribly. This was more a sociological study than a mystery. I think the author fell in love with her own words at the expense of the plot which was confusing and, even more disappointingly, unsuspenseful. The reader was terrible. Why do readers of English novels have to make their English accent so overly English? Could Susan Jameson have rolled her "R's" any longer.The plot was confusing and the ending like a limp rag. I couldn't wait for the book to be done. If you're looking for a good well written mystery novel, try anything by James Lee Burke or Henning Mankell.

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    Leslie Saint Cloud, MN, United States 09-21-11
    Leslie Saint Cloud, MN, United States 09-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Gratuitious"

    This was a very good book until the author threw in graphic gratuitious sexual details which don't change, nor do they add to, the story in any way. Don't waste your time.

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    P. Chavez Huntington Beach, CA USA 01-19-09
    P. Chavez Huntington Beach, CA USA 01-19-09 Member Since 2005
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    "ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ - a snozzzzzzer"

    If it wasn't for the detective, Jackson Brodie, I would have given this book 1 star. He, at least, brings some life into it. And, I did care for some of the characters and all of the victims. But, I wanted to put a sock in the mouths of the sisters. After 2 hours, I almost gave up, it was just so boring and I had 8 1/2 hours of listening to go....OH MY! I finally listened to it with an earplug in one ear while watching TV. It that boring!!

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    Deborah muskegon, MI, United States 01-02-09
    Deborah muskegon, MI, United States 01-02-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Case Myseries"

    exciting is not the word

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    Ruth B. 09-09-08
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    "I gave up on this one."

    After two cases I gave up because they just left you hanging in the air.

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