By Kate Atkinson
Completed October 19, 2011
I have heard so much about Jackson Brodie from my fellow readers that I felt like I knew him. Thankfully, after reading Case Histories, I was still pleasantly surprised by Jackson and the mysteries he planned on solving.
The story wove around three “cold cases” – the disappearance of a little girl from her backyard, the murder of an 18-year-old girl and the whereabouts of a young girl who ran away from home. Ten years later, these cases land in Jackson’s lap, and as he uncovers clues about each one, the reader learns clues about what makes Jackson tick.
While the story line was good, I think the allure of this book rests with its characters. Jackson is very likeable. His awesome sense of humor adds brevity to the sadness of each case, including his own tragedies. I also liked the many women who were part of Case Histories: Deborah the crusty secretary, Marlee who was Jackson’s precocious daughter and the Land sisters, who huffed and flirted their way into Jackson’s heart.
Will I be reading the rest of the books in this series? You bet! I can’t wait to see what Jackson is up to next. If you love mysteries and character-driven novels, make sure to add Case Histories to the top of your reading list.