In rural Devon, six-year-old Joanna Mason witnesses an appalling crime.Thirty years later the man convicted of the crime is released from prison.In Edinburgh, sixteen-year-old Reggie works as a nanny for a G.P. But Dr Hunter has gone missing and Reggie seems to be the only person who is worried.
Across town, Detective Chief Inspector Louise Monroe is also looking for a missing person, unaware that hurtling towards her is an old friend, Jackson Brodie, himself on a journey that becomes fatally interrupted.
©2008 Kate Atkinson (P)2014 AudioGo Ltd. Published by Random House Audiobooks
I was gripped for the first 2 chapters. But it went downhill from there. The story just spiralled into a mishmash of different people talking then thinking then backtracking and remembering. There were too many unbelievable extra people and coincidences to feel any connection to anyone. I wanted to know how it ended for one or two of the characters but couldn't be bothered wading through the inconsequential minutia of non significant characters to complete the book.
I love Kate Atkinson and have read all her books. Although this story was good (not as good as her others) I felt the narrator spoilt the whole experience by using silly women voices that sounded like bad pantomime. Louise Munro and Joanna Hunter especially. They sounded more like Widow Twanky. Although the story has some comic moments, it is not a comedy but it was narrated so badly that it was rendered silly. The other narrators who read 'A God In Ruins' for example was exactly 'right'.
Nicely constructed story with some interesting characters. I had read this before and couldn't remember any of it - so not a book to leave a lasting impression! But good enough if you want a detective story with a few twists.
What can I say? Kate never fails to deliver. Made all the more intresting because I live in Cambridge where it is set.
A great twisty plot with lots of sub stories all slowly coming together.
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