Big Sky

Big Sky

A Jackson Brodie Novel

Book - 2019
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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 a 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.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Bond Street Books/Doubleday Canada, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780316523097
Characteristics: 356 pages ;,24 cm.


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May 28, 2020

I am by far in the minority, but I thought this book was a bloody mess. There are too many characters. The author seems to assume all previous Jackson Brodie books have been read. Any book even if part of a series, must stand on its own and not rely on inside jokes and references. The storyline is so fragmented that I almost gave up on reading. Very disappointing for me. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Mar 20, 2020

Big Sky by Kate Atkinson is number 5 in the Jackson Brodie series. I am not enamored by this installment and found too many tedious characters. I floundered among this epic cast. Jackson Brodie has been demoted to investigating cheating spouses. Jackson relishes the chance to find the killer of Wendy Ives, the wife of a man Jackson just saved from jumping off a cliff. In the course of this searching, Jackson uncovers foreign girls enmeshed in sex trafficking. The theme of money hungry glimmers on every page, but does money protect the owners of this wealth?

Jan 14, 2020

A great mystery, but it took over 100 pages to introduce characters and get going. I nearly gave up, but am glad I didn't. Once it did pick up there was lots of action. Many characters to cheer for. Would have been a 4 star for me were it not for the slow start.

Nov 25, 2019

Typical Kate Atkinson. She is verbose, lots of characters woven into a finished product. Getting to that end can be complicated & confusing, it's not for the easily daunted and often takes several attempts. I love her humor, her use of words (which always cause me to take notes & use the dictionary.) So much of her language is pure Brit, heavily into Scots words, sayings & humor. Ronnie the Biscuit reference gave me fits of laughter. Also enjoy her literary references sprinkled about, although I often have to pause or read again for the point.

So glad to have Jackson Brodie back in action. I always picture Jason Isaacs as Brodie simply because of the film/DVD. He's quick, smart-arsed & dogged. Nice to bring Reggie back in this read.

Apparently one either loves her work or not.

Nov 19, 2019

Slow starting book that is very verbose and has too many characters and side stories. The book should be about 100 pages shorter.

Nov 10, 2019

I found this book compelling—I had to keep reading to find out what would happen. Having said that, this is a really depressing book.

This is the second novel I have read recently that is about sex trafficking of women and young girls and boys: wealthy men trafficking women, young girls and boys not only for their sexual pleasure but also for making huge amounts of money (with few costs, as they keep noting in this book). That is sickening beyond belief. And we know this is not merely fiction: There are people like Jeffrey Epstein out there. He is dead (and in hell) now, but I am sure he was not the only one.

There is some rough justice done in the end, but that is not enough to redeem this book for me.

I can not recommend this book. There are so many other books available to read; why waste your precious time with this one?

Nov 04, 2019

very pointless read. had to get to page 89 before i thought well maybe this is where it will finally pick. managed to get to the end only to feel like what was the point in this book. if you are needing a book to read to help you go to sleep, well this is it. will not read any more by this author.

Oct 31, 2019

Jackson Brodie- one of the most-understated yet popular detectives in recent history. Ms. Atkinson writes men just as well as women- witness "A God in Ruins"- my very favourite book by her. Commenter above noted her wit. She's funny. Unique in this day and age.
Read the historical novels mentioned in blurb; believe 1st book I read by her was "Transcription"- stand- alone so far. Then I was enthralled (too big a word?) with "Life After Life" and then " A God in Ruins". I'm hoping Kate has more books to come. Apparently a year older than myself, identifies with Yorkshire- my mother grew up in Hull. Definitely a "sis" crush on her.

Oct 22, 2019

Kate Atkinson is at her usual best. The plot based on contemporary darkness is deftly woven, the characters varied and finely-drawn and her wit, razor-sharp, as always.

Oct 09, 2019

Give this novel some time to take hold of you. Yes, it's hard to keep some of the characters straight, but give yourself time, and you will because the characters are quite distinct. And a number of the characters are so nice, rare in today's fiction. You may find yourself thinking about them after you put the book down. And Atkinson brings all the parts of the story together in amazing ways. I think this book is much better than her last two "serious" novels. Make sure to reread the first chapter after you finish!!

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PimaLib_SamR Aug 12, 2019

It didn't matter how much they were given, how much stuff they acquired, they were never satisfied. They had been bred to consume and one day there would be nothing left. Capitalism would have eaten itself, thereby fulfilling its raison d'être in an act of self-destruction, aided by the dopamine feedback loop---the snake swallowing its own tail.

ArapahoeAnnaL Jul 04, 2019

It had taken a while for it to dawn on Vince that he might be a suspect. When it did dawn, it seemed such an astonishing idea that he tripped up in the middle of the answer to one of their questions... 'I sleep alone so no, no one can verify my alibi.' Oh, God __ I sleep alone. It sounded so pathetic. 'Alibi?' the inspector said placidly. 'No one's talking about alibis, Mr Ives. Only you.' pg. 150

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