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4 5 Stars A coincidence is just an explanation waiting to happen Truth is absolute but the consequences of it aren t I have always loved the enthralling Jackson Brodie series by Kate Atkinson Although it has been a long nine years since the previous book in this series, Big Sky works as a standalone, and once again be charmed by her brilliant writing which contains mystery, dry humour, and quotable sentences which provide food for thought Brodie has now moved to a seaside village and has occasional visits from his sarcastic teenaged son and their elderly, slow moving dog, courtesy of his ex Julia He is now working on small cases as a private detective, such as surveillance of cheating spouses, but feels police work is still in his DNA Featured is the case of an alluring woman who believes she is being watched and followed and wants Brodie to find out who it is She rules out her husband, thinking he is too busy and disinterested to be spying on her Brodie believes she is being paranoid until he sees a threatening note she received One day he follows her car with her children on board, observing another car trailing her vehicle He can only look on while her teenaged stepson her three year old daughter are abducted She is vehement in calling Brodie a terrible detective Brodie s part in the book is small but crucial and always interesting While reading the book you will meet disparate, well developed characters which seem to have little connection to Brodie s story and only tenuous connection to one another Even the minor characters are unforgettable Paying attention to the various names is important, and will be richly rewarded for the reader These separate threads are woven together in surprising ways and collide in a tension filled scene of frightening consequences We have insight into Brodie s personal, lonely life and thoughts, thought provoking exquisite writing, murder, and a very ugly and cruel sex trafficking business will be revealed There is much left to wish for another book in the Jackson Brodie series, and in the meantime, this has inspired me to reread all the previous books YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH @READ EPUB Î Big Sky: A Jackson Brodie Novel Æ Jackson Brodie, Ex Military Police, Ex Cambridge Constabulary, Currently Working As A Private Investigator, Makes A Highly Anticipated Return, Nine Years After The Last Brodie, Started Early, Took My DogJackson Brodie Has Relocated To A Quiet Seaside Village, In The Occasional Company Of His Recalcitrant Teenage Son And An Aging Labrador, Both At The Discretion Of His Ex Partner Julia It S Picturesque, But There S Something Darker Lurking Behind The ScenesJackson S Current Job, Gathering Proof Of An Unfaithful Husband For His Suspicious Wife, Is Fairly Standard Issue, But A Chance Encounter With A Desperate Man On A Crumbling Cliff Leads Him Into A Sinister Network And Back Across The Path Of His Old Friend Reggie Old Secrets And New Lies Intersect In This Breathtaking Novel By One Of The Most Dazzling And Surprising Writers At Work Today EXCERPT On a dark street the nondescript grey hatchback slithered quietly to a halt beneath a streetlight that was helpfully broken The car s engine was killed and the driver, almost as anonymous looking as the Peugeot itself, climbed out and shut the door with a quiet clunk The passenger door opened and a girl climbed out The driver waited on the pavement for her to heave her backpack out of the footwell The colours of the little rainbows had all turned to grey in the dark and the unicorn had been rendered almost invisible She closed the car door and heard the little chirrup as the man locked it He went ahead of her, then turned and smiled and said, This way, follow me He approached a house, the door key ready in his hand Darcy hesitated for a moment Something told her that she should run, but she was only thirteen and hadn t learned to listen to her instincts yet, so she slung her backpack over one shoulder and followed the man into the house ABOUT THIS BOOK Jackson Brodie, ex military police, ex Cambridge Constabulary, currently working as a private investigator, makes a highly anticipated return, nine years after the last Brodie, Started Early, Took My Dog.Jackson Brodie has relocated to a quiet seaside village, in the occasional company of his recalcitrant teenage son and an aging Labrador, both at the discretion of his ex partner Julia It s picturesque, but there s something darker lurking behind the scenes.Jackson s current job, gathering proof of an unfaithful husband for his suspicious wife, is fairly standard issue, but a chance encounter with a desperate man on a crumbling cliff leads him into a sinister network and back across the path of his old friend Reggie Old secrets and new lies intersect in this breathtaking novel by one of the most dazzling and surprising writers at work today MY THOUGHTS Jackson Brodie, I love you I ve missed you, and I am so pleased you re back And by extension, I also love Kate Atkinson, both for her superb writing skills and her devious mind What does justice have to do with the law A good question Not very much in either real life or Big Sky But as usual, Jackson manages, by accident than good planning, to mete out justice effectively than the law I love Atkinson s characters, they jump off the page at you, drag you into their world Tommy, Andy and Steve are all good reminders that not everyone is what they seem, that we only see what they want us to see Harry reminds me a little of my grandson.he s young for his age but he s old for his age Marlee, although she would never admit it, is very like her father Big Sky is a comedy of errors, or would be if the subject matter wasn t so grim But even so, Kate and Jackson had me laughing at times.A wonderful read, and I hope that we don t have to wait anywhere near as long for the next Jackson Brodie book I do recommend starting this series at the beginning, otherwise the relationships between some of the characters will be rather perplexing THE AUTHOR Kate Atkinson was born in York and now lives in Edinburgh Her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and she has been a critically acclaimed international bestselling author ever since.She is the author of a collection of short stories, Not the End of the World, and of the critically acclaimed novels Human Croquet, Emotionally Weird, Case Histories, and One Good Turn.Case Histories introduced her readers to Jackson Brodie, former police inspector turned private investigator, and won the Saltire Book of the Year Award and the Prix Westminster When Will There Be Good News was voted Richard Judy Book Best Read of the Year After Case Histories and One Good Turn, it was her third novel to feature the former private detective Jackson Brodie, who makes a welcome return in Started Early, Took My Dog DISCLOSURE I own my copy of Big Sky by Kate Atkinson, published by Transworld, Doubleday All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions Please refer to my profile page or the about page on for an explanation of my rating system This review and others are also published on my webpage Admittedly, it s difficult for me to write an unbiased review of a Kate Atkinson novel When I received this book from NetGalley, I immediately tweeted she is our greatest living author, don t me , which I actually wish someone would me, because I m than happy to explain all the ways Atkinson is brilliant almost terrifying so.My favourite books of Atkinson s are Life After Life and A God in Ruins the latter absolutely shattered me I think I cried enough to fill oceans , but I do so love her Jackson Brodie series for its sly wit and the river of devastation running beneath its surfaces Big Sky is a worthy entry into the Brodie lexicon, and her best since Case Histories.A mystery at its core, with thousands of tiny threads that come together to form a very messy, very real tapestry of human misery and joy and rotten, ruined hopes, Big Sky is about the sex trade, about families and the way they disappoint us, about exploitation and greed, and how where men fall, women rise up.Brodie is hiding out on the coast, working as a private investigator It s the usual stuff cheating husbands, cheating wives, icky individuals on the Internet, and perhaps a stolen item or two or three He s clearly bored, but he s also clearly enjoying the chance to spend time with his son Nathan a stroppy, absolutely delightful teenager their interactions are such comic gold that I laughed out loud numerous times Big Sky is inarguably hilarious, in that perfectly dry British way She was a self described Christian, born again or something like that once was enough, surelyThat s the thing about Kate Atkinson one minute you re flinching, the next you re audibly snorting It s a roller coaster.In true Brodie fashion, our erstwhile detective stumbles upon a human trafficking ring in the sleepy little coastal town, and the tension ratchets up and up, until it seems everything will explode, sending bombs across the sea What s singularly arresting about the central mystery is that the crimes go back decades and have such miserable arrows running from their centres you can only imagine how much pain and suffering has been spread Some bits made my stomach hurt the passion wagon , parties , the two sisters , the disappeared, gone where no flashlights could illuminate , and it s a testament to Atkinson s power that the novel isn t merely depressing rather, I put it down with a sense of wounds bandaged by glorious retribution Don t mistake me the subject matter is raw and the kind of subtle that makes you wish for a novelist with less grace sometimes, the less graphic things are, the the imagination fills in the horrifying blanks But still, it s there subterranean but mighty like a sword or axe or queen the female The strength The eyes meeting Warrior to warrior Survivor to survivor.Where men fall, women rise.With as much power, as much grit, as the big blue sky Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review I appreciate it Objectively speaking, as a mystery, Big Sky is not that strong If written by a different author, a novel with a plot like this would have been a subject of a lengthy rant about too many coincidences and same people constantly bumping into suspects of various crimes.HOWEVER,this is Kate Atkinson, and I am yet to be disappointed or not entertained by her books Her character work and her wit are impeccable, regardless of what she chooses to write mysteries, family dramas, Groundhog Day type experiments, whatever.Coincidentally, I listened to this novel while observing this piece of shit get arrested again I hope he gets as much comeuppance as the sex ring monsters in Big Sky The best thing about the book was the perspective of a woman who managed to escape the clutches of despicable men just like Jeffrey Epstein A gold digger with an iron will My kind of gal. Jackson knew something was dodgy about Barclay Jack, but couldn t get the knowledge to rise up from the seabed of his memory a dismal place that was littered with the rusting wreckage and detritus of his brain cells Big Sky is the fifth book in the popular Jackson Brodie series by British author, Kate Atkinson Running Brodie Investigations from a virtual office has allowed Jackson to rent a cottage in East Yorkshire, near enough to Julia s filming location for him to spend time with their thirteen year old son, Nathan, during his school vacation And hopefully to instill some knowledge, manners and self discipline But on an outing, they witness what appears to be the abduction of a young teen A find on the beach the following morning cements Jackson s conviction of foul play, but the local police are uninterested.But Jackson is already occupied with the usual cases involving adulterous spouses, as well as a bit of entrapment and an interesting exercise in reverse online grooming And then a trophy wife engages him to find out who is having her followed Crystal Holroyd doesn t believe it s her husband, but isn t about to share another possible source her murky past with Jackson Soon, the turns in this case are enough to distract him from a missing teen Meanwhile, DC Reggie Chase and her associate, DC Ronnie Dibicki have been assigned to review a paedophile case from the eighties involving two local men With the surviving offender due for early release, Chase and Dibicki are re examining the files and questioning probable witnesses and associates regarding the possible participation of a third man.Atkinson s plot topical and interesting, featuring human trafficking, paedophiles, sex slavery and kidnapping, and has plenty of turns to keep the reader engrossed As well as saving several lives, Jackson uses the lyrics of country songs as counselling aid, and to disarm a gunman using TV cop show dialogue, before helping a pregnant prospective bride to leave her groom at the altar.But Atkinson s strength is her characters and some of their inner monologues are an absolute joy, filled with dry British and often very black humour and understatement Jackson s narrative is peppered with Julia s previously delivered or else anticipated, but inevitably critical comments.There is humour, too, in certain situations and the snappy dialogue, with its tangents and asides, including several laugh out loud moments Atkinson manages to include a bunch of terrible cheese jokes, pun based names for drag queens, and some truly awful off colour cabaret type jokes, as well as ferociously protective mother with martial arts skills, and Primark scarf that is instrumental in two deaths Once again, Atkinson carefully builds up her characters until the reader is invested in them and really cares about their fate Of those characters, Vince initially seems a bit of a sad loser, but which way will he jump when push comes to shove Crystal and Harry, though, are undeniable gold, and the team of Reggie and Ronnie are pure delight Fans of the series will remember Reggie Chase from When Will There Be Good News Atkinson has a wonderful way with words and some of her passages are superbly evocative and vividly descriptive While it is not essential to have read the earlier books of this series, this book does contain spoilers for earlier books, so it doesn t hurt to read them in order As usual, Atkinson provides a brilliant read and fans will be pleased to know that the ending leaves open the possibility of Jackson Brodie This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by Penguin Random House Australia A coincidence is just an explanation waiting to happen Remember this sentence as it is important to the entire novel, its course and ultimate denouement.Kate Atkinson has returned with another Jackson Brodie novel after a gap of several years Jackson now is living in Yorkshire in a seaside town, working as a private investigator, primarily tailing unfaithful husbands for angry wives Not exactly a fulfilling life but it pays bills and keeps him near his now teenaged son, Nathan, and the boy s mother who he still has a thing for totally unrequited While in the middle of his case, he happens into the middle of a couple of others and the coincidences multiply The story can at times seem cluttered and a tad confusing as characters are introduced without apparent links But if you have read Atkinson at all you can trust that she knows where she is going and how she will get there There is a serious plot involving the abuse of young women and girls developing separate from Jackson and his cheating husband case But coincidences happen and Worlds were colliding all over the place Jackson thought he might actually have gone mad Or that he was hallucinating Or that this was an alternative version of reality Or all three No, not mad Just involved in too much.The characters are such winners here, all so well drawn Almost all are truly multi dimensional Humor, pathos, righteous indignation are among so many emotions evoked by this novel And, as always, the mind of Jackson is front and center, full of musical allusions, self deprecating thoughts and constant comments of the women of his life The book moves at a quick pace and the story itself occurs over a short period of time I do wonder what will Jackson be up to next I will be there I will read anything Atkinson writes.A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review. I love this book I love Jackson Brodie I love Kate Atkinson It was nice to see Jackson Brodie back again In fact, my favorite parts of this book were his quiet musings and his often humorous relationship with his son Though his role was little than that of a bit player, leaving me wanting of his presence.There are though, many characters in this story and multiple threads Atkinson without any doubt on my part always writes amazingly well Also she took on some timely issues, such as sex trafficking She does tie these threads together by books end, but unfortunately she also included something that is a big trigger for me Something I try to avoid in my fiction, or even non fiction for that matter Just hard for me to read, so I ended up skimming parts of the second half.ARC from Netgalley.