“Two years after the events of Case Histories left him a retired millionaire, Jackson Brodie has followed Julia, his occasional girlfriend and former client, to Edinburgh for its famous summer arts festival. But when he witnesses a man being brutally attacked in a traffic jam – the apparent victim of an extreme case of road rage – a chain of events is set in motion that will pull the wife of an unscrupulous real estate tycoon, a timid but successful crime novelist, and a hardheaded female police detective into Jackson’s orbit. Suddenly out of retirement, Jackson is once again in the midst of several mysteries that intersect in one giant and sinister scheme.
“Compelling and always entertaining.” -USA Today
“One Good Turn crackles with energy and imagination.” -Chicago Tribune
“Atkinson’s tart prose sparkles.” -Entertainment Weekly
“Entertaining both as a murder mystery and as a sprawling multi-character study in the best post-Nashville tradition.” -The Onion
“A remarkable feat of storytelling bravado.” -Washington Post
(Synopsis and image via Goodreads)
Publisher: BackBay Books
Genre: Mystery / Suspense-Thriller
Published: September 10, 2007
Format: Paperback, 448 pages
This book disappointed. I had heard so many things about Kate Atkinson’s books and her writing. Shopping in a local used bookstore, I happened upon One Good Turn and decided it was time to find out for myself.
As you can see from above, the reviews on the back cover were stunning. Not so once you open the cover.
Told in a jumbled fashion from each character’s point of view, their stories often topple over one another leaving the reader scrambling to put together the puzzle pieces. Several times I thought of not finishing it, but I kept thinking it would get better.
Nearing the end, I felt as if it was like a 4th of July firecracker that once lit suffered a slow death.