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case histories

There are so many books I have read and loved that it is impossible for me to choose one favourite. For example one of my childhood favourites was The Fox Busters by Dick King Smith which is probably one of the reasons chickens were my favourite animal back then (foxes were another contender actually thanks to The Animals of Farthing Wood). It’s a great book but since then I have read hundreds of books which I have enjoyed at least as much, if not more.

During my second year of Uni my mum and I watched a series called Case Histories, it was based on the books written by Kate Atkinson, an author I hadn’t even heard of at the time. It was brilliant. The characters were eccentric yet believable. My mum said “oh, haven’t you read the books? I’ve got them upstairs I think…” Obviously I borrowed them, read them at least twice each, then probably never gave them back, sorry mum.

This is going to be a review of Case Histories by Kate Atkinson (I always get there in the end I just like a bit of a back story…)

Case Histories is the first of a series of novels featuring the protagonist Jackson Brodie. He is an ex-army, ex-police, ex-husband trying to scrape a living as a private investigator whilst dreaming of a comfortable retirement to France. You will probably fall slightly in love with Jackson Brodie. Unfortunately his only client is an elderly, kind of racist, South African lady named Binky Rain who is primarily concerned with missing cats and doesn’t seem likely to pay her bill.

Next door; Amelia and Julia Land are clearing out their dead father’s home when they discover a missing piece of evidence from a long forgotten case. It might hold the answer to discovering what happened to their little sister Olivia who went missing when she was only four years old. This is the first of three cases that Jackson stumbles upon in this novel after hearing screaming from Binky’s garden. He then becomes more involved with the Land sisters than he would have preferred.

The second case (if my memory serves me) is brought to him by the overweight, bereaved  Theo Wyre whose daughter was killed in an apparently random attack at his office some years before. He has become obsessed with solving the case and will not take no for an answer when Jackson is reluctant to get involved.

The third case arrives in the form of an attractive nurse who appears in Jackson’s office concerned about the whereabouts of her niece. Her niece was taken into care as a baby when her mother murdered her father after suffering post natal depression. But something doesn’t seem right to Jackson, he feels as though he is being lied to.

Jackson is attempting to solve all these cases whilst dealing with his own childhood trauma, and caring for his eight year old daughter Marlee.

Seriously, read this book. I loved it, I think you will love it too and become addicted, read all the others in the series and then anything and everything by Kate Atkinson.

Comment and let me know if you have already read this and what you think of it and your current favourite book.

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