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ONE GOOD TURN

Kate Atkinson

Paperback: 544 pages
Publisher: Black Swan 
ISBN-10: 0552772445
ISBN-13: 978-0552772440
02 Jul 2007

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BOOK REVIEW


With authors the calibre of Stephen King, Harlan Coben and Ian Rankin proclaiming your skills, writing must feel like the best job in the world and Kate Atkinson, with her latest novel, One Good Turn, can feel justified that the attention she is receiving is merited on all fronts.
 


It is the Edinburgh Festival. People queuing for a lunchtime show witness a road-rage incident - an incident which changes the lives of everyone involved. Jackson Brodie, ex-army, ex-police, ex-private detective, is also an innocent bystander - until he becomes a suspect.

This is an unusual take on Crime in as much as it written in a style that it is both laugh-out-loud funny and deeply intriguing, all within a few lines of each emotion coming to bear. If there’s one thing about One Good Turn, it is that the pages are guaranteed to turn in anticipation as to what is going to happen next and never is the reader able to guess.

Atkinson’s characters – in turn deeply disturbing, wholly loveable and stomach-churningly sweet – are a joy to meet and get to know as they come across as people we have met before, in reality, but who we cannot quite put our fingers on.

Tight, worldly-wise and skilled in its plotting, One Good Turn is a superb novel that just demands to be read by all those who love great story-telling, written well.

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