Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Started Early, Took My Dog, by Kate Atkinson
I very much enjoy Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie books, but this one pushed past my ability to stay focused. Not only do we have two mysteries running in different time frames, but the 1975 mystery is presented in a way which unfolds the mystery rather than chronologically and the modern day mystery isn't solved at all. Jackson Brodie is trying to track down the birth family of an adopted woman in Australia, and his investigation threatens the group of police officers who facilitated the illegal adoption (the 1975 mystery). One of the now retired police officers, Tracy Waterhouse, buys a child from a woman whom she perceives to be an abusive drug addict mother, and goes on the run. Jackson takes a dog from an abusive owner as well. Need to read it again. On second reading, much of it is clearer; most of the mysteries are solved and I even have an inkling of why she left Courtney's background shrouded.