BOOK REVIEW: ONE GOOD TURN
It is summer and time for the Edinburg Festival. Crowds are lined up for a lunchtime show. Little did these people know that they would become a witness to a road rage incident.
Paul Bradley was lost. (At least that was the name on his driver's license for now). He was trying to get to Edinburg. Someone stepped out in front of his car. He did not hit the pedestrian. Then he felt a bump from behind. It didn't seem like much - almost like hitting a fox at night. Paul looked into his rearview mirror and saw a Honda Civic with the driver getting out of the car. This wasn't any normal size driver but one that looked like a weight lifter. After the man in the Honda called Paul a few names, a baseball bat suddenly appeared in his hands. He hit Paul several times. Paul blacked out a couple of times and when he came regained consciousness he heard couple of policewomen indicating that they would call an ambulance. This is the one time Paul was glad to see the police.
Jackson Brodie, ex-cop and ex-private detective was among the bystanders and witness to this incident. Jackson ends up on a path with a number of other characters like the wife of an unscrupulous real estate tycoon, a washed-up comedian, a successful crime novelist, a mysterious Russian woman and a female police detective. What makes this all so interesting is that each one of them has their own secret and their own agenda.
What happens to Jackson Brodie?
Kate Atkinson has put together an interesting and intelligent novel. There are several mysteries going on at the same time. She shows the reader that she is an excellent storyteller in bringing all these little mysteries together. The plot is one that will keep you interested and Kate Atkinson did a marvelous job in creating the characters for this book. The novel presents a very interesting character study at the same time. Be sure to add this one to your reading list. It is one that you will enjoy.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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