Jackson Brodie expected a pleasant, restful vacation in Edinburgh with his girlfriend, Julia. Shortly after his arrival a number of unsavoury events occurred which seemed to conspire against this. He became embroiled in a fight, a possible murder, and several other wicked crimes. Retirement should be much calmer that this. It's not only Brodie that had a bad several days. Author Martin Canning had no intentions of attacking a motorist, Paul Bradley didn't plan to become a victim of road rage, and Graham Hatter naturally assumed he'd continue to get away with his secret trysts.
I first met the character of Jackson Brodie in Ms. Atkinson's earlier book Case Histories. I was amazed how the author could take such seeming un-connected incidences and tie them together back to a missing child. She did not fail to amaze again. I sat riveted, page after page, waiting to see how these stories would pull together. I was not to be disappointed. The only part of the story I didn't like was the character of Julia. She was a wet noodle the whole way through. Then again, that's exactly how she was planned to appear. Sorry, can't say any more on that. This was a terrific story and it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. And no, I didn't guess at the final outcomes of the various story lines. Right to the end, they were surprises.
When I purchased this book, I also purchased a copy of the next Jackson Brodie book When Will There be Good News? and am looking forward to reading it.
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