“One Good Turn” by Kate Atkinson

Thanks to Random House UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is the second Jackson Brodie novel I’ve read, the first being Case Histories. The story picks up a few years from the events of the first book. Jackson and Julia are still together and Jackson has been living it up with his millions in France.

This story largely takes place in Edinburgh during the Edinburgh Festival. I went to university in Edinburgh and spent five years of my life there so it was fun to take a mental trip down memory lane although being a resident of Edinburgh during the festival is really NOT fun.

Similar to Case Histories, this novel has a number of different points of view. As well as Jackson’s perspective we have Martin, a crime novelist, Gloria, the wife of a bigwig properly mogul and Louise, a newly promoted Police Inspector.

There are some very quirky characters in this novel, some perhaps a little too quirky to be entirely believable. Jackson continues to be utterly irresistible to almost every woman he meets, except Julia apparently and we begin to see cracks forming in their relationship. I really liked Gloria, I identified with her a lot, probably because sheis a a pedantic and judgemental cow. Guilty as charged.

I really liked the representation of Edinburgh and I think Atkinson did a great job of bringing the setting to life, she clearly knows the city well. I didn’t like the plot so much, it all felt a bit muddled and the pacing was just a bit too slow. I think the core story itself just wasn’t that interesting. The good news about this instalment however? NO MARLEE! Sadly, even that joy wasn’t enough to elevate it for me.

I’m going to persevere with the series because I really like the author’s writing style, sense of humour and her clever character observations, but this book just didn’t really do it for me.

One thought on ““One Good Turn” by Kate Atkinson

  1. As an Edinburgh resident currently battling the crowds in the Fringe, I know exactly what you mean. I think it’s a pity the book covers have been changed. I loved the Edinburgh skyline on my copy. Jackson is a great character. Recently listened to the new book on Audible which was great. Heard Kate Atkinson talking about it at the Book Festival a week or so ago. The event was cut short a bit by thunderstorms!

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