When Will There Be Good News?

By Kate Atkinson
(Back Bay Books, Paperback, 9780316012836, 416pp.)

Publication Date: January 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Hardcover, Paperback, Compact Disc, MP3 CD, Compact Disc

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“Old friends from Atkinson's previous works reappear here, along with a new one, 16-year-old Reggie Chase, a plucky Scottish heroine with a bit of Nancy Drew and a lot of attitude. It is always a pleasure to begin a new Atkinson novel.”
-- Terry Whittaker, Viewpoint of Columbus, Columbus, IN


Description

On a hot summer day, Joanna Mason's family slowly wanders home along a country lane. A moment later, Joanna's life is changed forever...

On a dark night thirty years later, ex-detective Jackson Brodie finds himself on a train that is both crowded and late. Lost in his thoughts, he suddenly hears a shocking sound...

At the end of a long day, 16-year-old Reggie is looking forward to watching a little TV. Then a terrifying noise shatters her peaceful evening. Luckily, Reggie makes it a point to be prepared for an emergency...

These three lives come together in unexpected and deeply thrilling ways in the latest novel from Kate Atkinson, the critically acclaimed author who Harlan Coben calls "an absolute must-read."




About the Author

Kate Atkinson lives in Edinburgh. Her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, was named Whitbread Book of the Year in the U.K. in 1995, and was followed by Human Croquet, Emotionally Weird, Not the End of the World, Case Histories and One Good Turn.




Praise For When Will There Be Good News?

"As a reader, I was charmed. As a novelist, I was staggered by Kate Atkinson's narrative wizardry." —Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

"Uncategorizable, unputdownable, Atkinson's books are like Agatha Christie mysteries that have burst at the seams-they're taut and intricate but also messy and funny and full of life."

Time

"You don't need to have read the earlier two books to appreciate this one, but I can't think of any reason to deny yourself the delights of all three...The novel satisfies the question in its own title. The answer is: Right here and right now.—Laura Miller, Salon

"Expertly rendered...It is very much to be hoped that Kate Atkinson keeps this gratifying series going."—Janet Maslin, New York Times

"Good news lies on every page of this meticulously plotted and affecting thriller."—Connie Ogle, Miami Herald

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