Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

About the book

Cambridge is sweltering, during an unusually hot summer. To Jackson Brodie, former police inspector turned private investigator, the world consists of one accounting sheet – Lost on the left, Found on the right – and the two never seem to balance. Jackson has never felt at home in Cambridge, and has a failed marriage to prove it. Surrounded by death, intrigue and misfortune, his own life haunted by a family tragedy, he attempts to unravel three disparate case histories and begins to realise that in spite of apparent diversity, everything is connected…

Reviewed by Hedge End WI Reading Group:

The book was well received. Wonderful characters. Unusual plot. Red herrings caused surprise. A little too much explicit sex.

Star rating: ***

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11 thoughts on “Case Histories by Kate Atkinson”

  1. Review by U3A reading group:
    Well-written – characters well drawn but a very confusing plot. Some descriptions of (dress etc) brilliant.
    Star rating: **

  2. Review by Eastleigh Library Wednesday Group:
    Easy to read, enjoyable stories woven together to make a book that is easily forgotten. Doesn’t stay with you
    Star rating: **

  3. Review by Abbots Ann WI reading group:
    All thoroughly enjoyed this intriguing story. Characters very well explained and most believable.
    Star rating:****

  4. Review by Museum Book Group:
    An intriguing read. Clever interweaving of cases, linked by a sympathetic private detective. A book for re-reading and dipping into. Always a new view on the story. Looking forward to meeting Brodie in her new novel.
    Star rating: ****

  5. Review by Anton Bookies U3A reading group:
    :A good read, well constructed, very entertaining, mixed reception but the majority of the group liked it.
    Star rating: ***

  6. Review by New Forest/Waterside U3A Reading Group:
    Appreciation of Case Histories benefits greatly from reading group discussion. Understanding the complicated webs of characters calling for more concentration than most books receive at a single reading. Several members of the group had read the book twice and after the discussion others felt they wanted to read the book again. Although the episodic start to the book made it difficult to get into and get hooked on, most people found that the sub-plots did draw them along. The theme of loss underlying each case history produced characters all of whom had a degree of sadness in their lives. We left this book with the sense that there was more to be unearthed. Not an easy read, but a good read.
    Star rating: ***

  7. Review by Phoenix reading group:
    The group enjoyed this book and the characters within. Tragedy, mystery, suspense and romance. All that’s needed for a cracking good read.
    Star rating: ****

  8. Review by Crime Reading Group Winchester Discovery Centre:
    :All but one of us (out of 9) liked this book and would be keen to read another of Kate Atkinson’s books. We loved the complex plotting, the characterisation, the wit and the humanity.
    Star rating: ****

  9. Review by Shaalden reading group:
    Intriguing book with a multi layered plot. Characters very well drawn. We would all look forward to reading another of her books.
    Rating: 5 Stars

  10. Review by Locks Heath U3A 2 Reading group
    An intricately woven, complex novel combining 3 case histories full of suspense and charged with emotion. The type of novel to re-read straight away – which is what soem of our members did.
    Rating: ***

  11. Review by Fordingbridge U3A Group 2
    worth reading twice to appreciate the interconnectiveness.
    Star rating: ****

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