When Will There Be Good News?: A Novel (Jackson Brodie #3) (Paperback)

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Dr. Joanna Hunter is living the good life, a beautiful house in an upscale neighborhood, a career she is good at, a handsome husband, baby son, and devoted German Shepherd dog, Sadie.  It looks like a rosy life from the outside, but there is sadness in Joanna, she was marked by her past.  When Joanna was six years old, walking along a country road, she witnessed her family being slaughtered.  Her mother, baby brother, sister, and the family dog, all dead.  Joanna’s father was not present thus survived.  Joanna doesn’t like to talk about the past, but its mark is clear in the occasional sadness of her gaze.

Reggie has her own secret tragedies. She lives alone, is sixteen but looks about twelve. Her brother Billy took to a life of crime early and enthusiastically.  Reggie knows nothing about babies, but interviews for a position caring for Dr. Hunter’s baby.  Amazed that she got the job, Reggie loves the baby and Dr. Hunter, they are the family she wished she had.  So, she does not tell Joanna about her tragedies because she would do anything not to increase the looks of sadness that come over Dr. Hunter unbidden and unexplained. 

Jackson Brodie is in several of Kat Atkinson’s books and I hope she continues writing about him because he is one of my favorite characters!  Jackson has been a lot of things; soldier, cop, private investigator.  He likes women, he truly does, he just has trouble understanding them, although heaven knows he tries.  When events intersect in the lives of these characters, Jackson will be there, a bit beaten up, but willing to give his all to see that good people are protected from evil. 

Strong female characters are generally found in Kat Atkinson’s writing.  She is best known for her literary fiction; Life after Life, Transcription, Behind the Scenes at the Museum and others.

— Deon Stonehouse


The third installment in Kate Atkinson's wildly beloved series of Jackson Brodie Mysteries: a complex tale of murder, coincidence, and connected lives.

On a hot summer day, Joanna Mason's family slowly wanders home along a country lane. A moment later, Joanna's life is changed forever...

On a dark night thirty years later, ex-detective Jackson Brodie finds himself on a train that is both crowded and late. Lost in his thoughts, he suddenly hears a shocking sound...

At the end of a long day, 16-year-old Reggie is looking forward to watching a little TV. Then a terrifying noise shatters her peaceful evening. Luckily, Reggie makes it a point to be prepared for an emergency...

These three lives come together in unexpected and deeply thrilling ways in the latest novel from Kate Atkinson, the critically acclaimed author who Harlan Coben calls "an absolute must-read."

"As a reader, I was charmed. As a novelist, I was staggered by Kate Atkinson's narrative wizardry." -- Stephen King

About the Author

Kate Atkinson's first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, was named England's Whitbread Book of the Year in 1996. Since then, she has written eleven more ground-breaking, bestselling books. She lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Praise For…

"As a reader, I was charmed. As a novelist, I was staggered by Kate Atkinson's narrative wizardry." Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

"Uncategorizable, unputdownable, Atkinson's books are like Agatha Christie mysteries that have burst at the seams-they're taut and intricate but also messy and funny and full of life."


"You don't need to have read the earlier two books to appreciate this one, but I can't think of any reason to deny yourself the delights of all three...The novel satisfies the question in its own title. The answer is: Right here and right now.—Laura Miller, Salon

"Expertly rendered...It is very much to be hoped that Kate Atkinson keeps this gratifying series going."—Janet Maslin, New York Times

"Good news lies on every page of this meticulously plotted and affecting thriller."—Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316012836
ISBN-10: 0316012831
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Publication Date: January 11th, 2010
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: Jackson Brodie