When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson

About the book

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.
Reviewed by Entre Nous reading group:

Good plot, even if complicated, but we felt the most enjoyable thing about this book was the way the characters were developed, particularly Reggie. We appreciated Kate Atkinson’s humour and her observations of human behaviour. Case Histories and One Good Turn had been read by some of the group which helped with background information.

Star rating: ***

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6 thoughts on “When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson”

  1. Review by Museum book group:
    We all loved this book, especially the characters – each with their own storyline, leaving you wanting more. Another book. Each chapter kept ones attention. The author keeps you in a state of suspense until the final chapter.
    Star rating: ****

  2. Review by Arle book group:
    Although this is not one of Kate Atkinson’s best books, it is a good train/holiday read. A lot of coincidence! A lot of discussion!
    Star rating: ***

  3. REview by Denmead Reading Circle
    Having read book one of the trilogy we enjoyed this very much. Those who had not were a little bewildered by the format. Many threads and coincidences like a fruit cake. All enjoyed and agreed it was a well written book.
    Star rating: ***

  4. Review by Bookwombs
    We all very much enjoyed this book. Strong and real characters who withstood the many coincidences in the plot. Very clever and satisfying.
    Star rating ***+

  5. Review by Goodworth Clatford WI
    The choice of good and evil interesting – this led to a lot of discussion. Coincidences abound! A very apt title for this book. Very good descriptions of location and character.
    Star rating ****

  6. Comments from Fareham 5:30 Reading Group
    We really enjoyed this book – the characters, the plot, the writing. At first some people weren’t sure about the coincidences… but we thought Kate Atkinson was doing this on purpose, playing with her readers.
    We really liked the strong female charaters (Reggie is a gem). And the humour, especially Reggie’s born-again ex-teacher.
    We had a good discussion around was this book in the Crime genre… acceting that these are just labels. But the book isn’t really about a crime, it’s about the characters.
    We also discussed how Jackson B is a good man who commits a crime in burning the house – for ethical reasons…. things in real life aren’t always so black and white and we agreed he did the right thing.

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