In rural Devon, six-year-old Joanna Mason witnesses an appalling crime. Thirty years later the man convicted of the crime is released from prison. In Edinburgh, sixteen-year-old Reggie works as a nanny for a G.P. But Dr Hunter has gone missing and Reggie seems to be the only person who is worried. Across town, Detective Chief Inspector Louise Monroe is also looking for a missing person, unaware that hurtling towards her is an old friend - Jackson Brodie - himself on a journey that becomes fatally interrupted.
Publisher and industry reviews
"In Atkinson's stellar third novel to feature ex-cop turned PI Jackson Brodie (after One Good Turn), unrelated characters and plot lines collide with momentous results... A lesser author would buckle under so many story lines, but Atkinson juggles them brilliantly, simultaneously tying up loose ends from Turn and opening new doors for further Brodie misadventures." -- "Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
"READER, SUSPEND DISBELIEF. Find something high-flown, and attach with care, then send your critical faculties hurtling. Kate Atkinson's latest (darkest? bloodiest? most free-wheeling?) slice of make-belief has attitude and altitude in abundance. It pushes its luck in taking coincidence and outlandishness to levels of sheer unadulterated chutzpah, and by its stomach-curdling ending, it's so accelerated that you're waiting for the wheels to come off. They don't." -- "The Scotsman
"It doesn't really matter in which genre Atkinson chooses to write. Her subject is always the irrecoverable loss of love and how best to continue living once you have glumly recognised that that was what the world was like, things improved but they didn't get better. Her gift is presenting this unnerving and subversive philosophy as a dazzling form of entertainment."" -- The Sunday Times
"Kate Atkinson is an absolute must-read. I love everything she writes." -- Harlan Coben
"Atkinson has turned the corner from writing wonderfully rich literary novels with mysteries at their core to writing mysteries with rich literary style." -- "Los Angeles Times"
"Atkinson's novel is like something her detective might drink in the wee hours after knocking around the docks, something straight up witha twist." "The Globe and Mail"
"The most fun I've had with a novel this year." Ian Rankin
"Clever, wry and highly readable. . . . Almost every coincidence is delicious and not a little comic." "Toronto Star"
"An absolute joy to read." "The Guardian" (UK)
"A remarkable feat of storytelling bravado." "Washington Post"
"An engrossing, enjoyable, complex novel packed with intriguing characters, vividly imagined scenes and a compelling plot." "Times Literary Supplement" (UK)
"Compelling from the start" - "Vogue
"Atkinson unravels the plot with dexterity and insightful aplomb" - "Easy Living
"Atkinson's writing is charming, and her style and wit always a delight" - "Literary Review
.,."a brilliantly observed drama on the nature of fate, love and memory" - "Marie Claire
"The opening chapter of Kate Atkinson's latest book is one of the finest pieces of suspense literature you will read this year" - "The London Lite
"Superb writing and accomplished plots" - "Glamour
"Unconventional and thrilling crime fiction at its best" - "The List
"An exhilarating jigsaw of a novel" - "Woman and Home
.,."she stitches the seeming discordant plots into one big harmonious patchwork, where every stitch is a careful stitch and every patch operates both on its own merits and as part of the whole"" - Scotland on Sunday
.,."it's the kind of wonderful novel that simultaneously grips and transports you" - "Sainsbury's Magazine
"The novel grips, excites, moves, amuses and will have you racing through the pages" - "Waterstone's Books Quarterly
"This is a perceptive glimpse into the legacy of the real victims- those left behind when their loved ones are taken from them" - "Psychologies"
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