One Good Turn, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (12 ratings)


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.

With Case Histories, Kate Atkinson showed how brilliantly she could explore the crime genre and make it her own.

In One Good Turn she takes her masterful plotting one step further.

Like a set of Russian dolls each thread of the narrative reveals itself to be related to the last.

Her Dickensian cast of characters are all looking for love or money and find it in surprising places.

As ever with Atkinson what each one actually discovers is their true self.

Unputdownable and triumphant, One Good Turn is a sharply intelligent read that is also percipient, funny, and totally satisfying.


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Very disappointed as I loved Case Histories, and this one is set in Edinburgh where I lived for two years. But it just seemed not very well thought out, implausible, the characters and their actions didn't seem real.

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Sometimes it was hard to remember who was who, since the book moved from one character to the next and back (and they all seem to be interconnected somehow). But it was a good and pleasant read. The backdrop of the Edinborough festival was interesting.

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This rather thick novel by Kate Atkinson starts with an exciting episode, in which all main characters are brought together. Unfortunately, the next 500 hundred pages lack narrative structure or character development, and sag through in prolonged boredom. An absolutely awful read.

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This is a very good story. The interlocking caracters and events are interesting and the plot carries the reader along with an unexpected twist at the end. Good atmoshere, believable characters and an unusual approach make this a fascinating book.

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Really this book is nothing like Case Histories, despite having both Jackson Brodie and Julia in it. This is more like a detective novel, mainly I think because the action has a short timespan.I'm a fan of detective novelists, although I'm not especially a fan of detective novels, it's just that so many really fine writers get slotted in to that genre. I don't see this as crime fiction, just a multi layered, fast moving and very funny novel.A writer witnesses a road rage incident and Jackson Brodie gets caught up in a complex murder plot that has him as a suspect. All set against the Edinburgh Festival where his girlfriend Julia is appearing in a play.

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