Synopses & Reviews
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."
"In Atkinson's stellar third novel to feature ex-cop turned PI Jackson Brodie (after One Good Turn), unrelated characters and plot lines collide with momentous results. On a country road, six-year-old Joanna Mason is the only survivor of a knife attack that leaves her mother and two siblings dead. Thirty years later, after boarding the wrong train in Yorkshire, Brodie is almost killed when the train crashes. He's saved by 16-year-old Regina 'Reggie' Chase, the nanny of Dr. Joanna Hunter, ne Mason. In the chaos following the crash, Brodie ends up with the wallet of Andrew Decker, the recently released man convicted of murdering the Mason family. Enter DCI Louise Monroe, Brodie's former love interest, who's tracking Decker because of a recent case involving a similar family and crime. When Dr. Hunter disappears, Reggie is convinced she's been kidnapped and enlists the reluctant Brodie to track her down. A lesser author would buckle under so many story lines, but Atkinson juggles them brilliantly, simultaneously tying up loose ends from Turn and opening new doors for further Brodie misadventures. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Thank God, in these hard times, for a cheerful, ghoulish, gory book like this....[A] grand mystery, with plenty of misdeeds and overwrought coincidences, as well as quotes from Scots ballads, old nursery rhymes and the classics, so you can feel edified while being creeped out..." Carolyn See, The Washington Post Book World
"[M]ay be the best entry yet....In Atkinson's world, the most vulnerable are easy prey...but the mayhem is offset by the expansiveness of her singular narrative voice....It is that tonal range that gives this novel its incredible richness." Booklist (Starred Review)
"Evocative, smart, literary, and funny...both complicated and a page-turner....A book that will easily stand up to more than one reading; highly recommended." Library Journal (Starred Review)
"Although When Will There Be Good News? has been expertly rendered by Ms. Atkinson, it is a reminder that she is too versatile a writer to stick with any one incarnation.....It shows off an imagination so active that When Will There Be Good News? can barely contain it." Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"[P]sychologically astute....Like the most riveting BBC mystery, in which understated, deadpan intelligence illuminates characters' inner lives within a convoluted plot." Kirkus Reviews
"A step up in plot mechanics from her last book, One Good Turn, this Atkinson novel reaches a satisfying conclusion that suggests good news is indeed on its way." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"[T]he most satisfying novel of Atkinson's trilogy....[T]horoughly entertaining....Thankfully, she offsets such tidy resolutions by leaving one or two characters with disheveled conclusions." Christian Science Monitor
Three lives come together in unexpected and deeply thrilling ways in the latest novel featuring ex-detective Jackson Brodie, the hero of the national bestsellers Case Histories and One Good Turn.
Atkinson's Jackson Brodie, hero of the national bestsellers Case Histories and One Good Turn, returns in an intense new literary thriller where three lives come together in unexpected and deeply thrilling ways.
About the Author
Kate Atkinson won the Whitbread Book of the Year for her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, and has been an internationally bestselling author ever since. Her most recent novels, Case Histories and One Good Turn, both also featured the former private detective Jackson Brodie.