Review: 27. When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson…

My fourth title for the TBR Challenge is Kate Atkinson’s When Will There Be Good News?, which has been hanging around on my shelves since 2010… Sorry, Miriam, and sorry, Kate!

when will there be good news?drey’s thoughts:

When Will There Be Good News? is my second Jackson Brodie novel, the first being Case Histories, which I read last year. I still haven’t made it to One Good Turn, but now I have to, to fill in the Jackson-Brodie-backstory. Not that I had much time to wonder about it, as this one grabs you right from the beginning with a triple murder.

That was then.

Now, thirty years later, Jackson is on a train headed in the wrong direction when an accident leaves him battered and bruised in the hospital, with a wanted man’s identity and no memory of how he came to be there. As his memory returns, he’s pressed by a teenager to look into her missing employer, Dr. Joanna Hunter. Only problem is, the doctor’s husband insists she’s off visiting an aunt. Actually, that’s not the only problem — the other comes in the form of Detective Chief Inspector Louise Monroe, a might-have-been from Jackson’s past, who’s searching for her own missing person.

Two cases, three people to find, one detective, one private investigator, and a teenager who just can’t seem to catch a break. Kate Atkinson’s When Will There be Good News? is gripping and haunting. Definitely add to your reading pile if you like a well-told mystery.

drey’s rating: Excellent!

Title: When Will There Be Good News? (Jackson Brodie #3)
Author: Kate Atkinson
ISBN-13: 9780316012836
Paperback: 388 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown, & Co., 2010
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon, The Book Depository
Source: Hachette Book Group

Have you read When Will There Be Good News?? What did you think?


  1. I HAVE read ONE GOOD TURN. It’s the only Kate Atkinson book I’ve read and the only one I will read. Maybe you’ll like it since you liked her other two. But before you read it, read my opinion.

    ONE GOOD TURN begins with a road rage incident involving one crazy guy beating a man with a baseball bat and another man, a wimpy writer of popular crime novels, knocking the crazy guy down with his laptop computer. From there we meet all sorts of seemingly unrelated characters who all become connected.

    It’s actually a pretty good and simple story. But here’s what I guess happened.

    My guess is that Atkinson had a pretty good short story. Someone (publisher, editor, agent, whoever) told her she had to give them a book-length novel. So she took this perfectly good short story and padded it. And the result is ONE GOOD TURN.

    Open this book to almost any page (except the last few), and you’ll see it. One line, occasionally one or two paragraphs, of the story sandwiched between paragraphs of padding. Whatever happens reminds a character of something else that reminds the character of something else. Then back to the story soon to be followed by more padding.

    I had intended to read another book by Atkinson. Now I won’t.

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