Big Sky by Kate Atkinson
Little Brown and Company: 6/25/19
eBook review copy; 400 pages
Jackson Brodie Series #5
Big Sky by Kate Atkinson is the very highly recommended fifth
book in the Jackson Brodie series. It is good to see him back, working
as a private investigator in a seaside village.
Coincidences are the key to a great return of Jackson Brodie. As with the last Brodie novel (Started Early, Took My Dog, 2011) there is a large cast of characters and a
whole lot going on that has little to do with Brodie - until it does.
Brodie is part time father to his son, Nathan, and caring for his aging
lab while on a case documenting the actions of a cheating spouse when he
gets tangled up in a cold case involving human trafficking and the
sexual abuse of children that isn't so cold after all.
DC Reggie Chase returns, working with
DC Ronnie Dibicki
There are complete stories and background information involving all
of the characters that eventually all intertwine into a complicated
plot. There are some great characters here, some villains, but others
that are simply unknowingly entangled in the mystery. Harry is a great
character, and it will surprise you how much you will like Crystal.
Atkinson slowly introduces her characters, develops them, and then
allows them to interact and connects all the pieces of the mystery
This is an exceptional, well-written mystery with multiple
storylines, complicated well-developed characters and an intricate plot.
In some ways I think it is better to read Big Sky with little
background information and just experience it for yourself. At first you
may not know how all these random people and stories are all connected,
but as more information is disclosed and characters begin to interact,
it will begin to become more apparent and the action and pace of the
novel will escalate.
My review copy was courtesy of Little Brown and Company.