Big Sky by Kate Atkinson


EXCERPT: On a dark street the nondescript grey hatchback slithered quietly to a halt beneath a streetlight that was helpfully broken. The car’s engine was killed and the driver, almost as anonymous-looking as the Peugeot itself, climbed out and shut the door with a quiet clunk. The passenger door opened and a girl climbed out. The driver waited on the pavement for her to heave her backpack out of the footwell. The colours of the little rainbows had all turned to grey in the dark and the unicorn had been rendered almost invisible. She closed the car door and heard the little ‘chirrup’ as the man locked it. He went ahead of her, then turned and smiled and said, ‘This way, follow me.’ He approached a house, the door key ready in his hand. Darcy hesitated for a moment. Something told her that she should run, but she was only thirteen and hadn’t learned to listen to her instincts yet, so she slung her backpack over one shoulder and followed the man into the house.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: Jackson Brodie, ex-military police, ex-Cambridge Constabulary, currently working as a private investigator, makes a highly anticipated return, nine years after the last Brodie, Started Early, Took My Dog.

Jackson Brodie has relocated to a quiet seaside village, in the occasional company of his recalcitrant teenage son and an aging Labrador, both at the discretion of his ex-partner Julia. It’s picturesque, but there’s something darker lurking behind the scenes.

Jackson’s current job, gathering proof of an unfaithful husband for his suspicious wife, is fairly standard-issue, but a chance encounter with a desperate man on a crumbling cliff leads him into a sinister network—and back across the path of his old friend Reggie. Old secrets and new lies intersect in this breathtaking novel by one of the most dazzling and surprising writers at work today.

MY THOUGHTS: Jackson Brodie, I love you. I’ve missed you, and I am so pleased you’re back. And by extension, I also love Kate Atkinson, both for her superb writing skills and her devious mind.

‘What does justice have to do with the law?’ A good question. Not very much in either real life or Big Sky. But as usual, Jackson manages, more by accident than good planning, to mete out justice more effectively than the law.

I love Atkinson’s characters, they jump off the page at you, drag you into their world. Tommy, Andy and Steve are all good reminders that not everyone is what they seem, that we only see what they want us to see. Harry reminds me a little of my grandson….he’s young for his age but he’s old for his age. Marlee, although she would never admit it, is very like her father.

Big Sky is a comedy of errors, or would be if the subject matter wasn’t so grim. But even so, Kate and Jackson had me laughing at times.

A wonderful read, and I hope that we don’t have to wait anywhere near as long for the next Jackson Brodie book.


I do recommend starting this series at the beginning, otherwise the relationships between some of the characters will be rather perplexing. 😉

THE AUTHOR: Kate Atkinson was born in York and now lives in Edinburgh. Her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and she has been a critically acclaimed international bestselling author ever since.

She is the author of a collection of short stories, Not the End of the World, and of the critically acclaimed novels Human Croquet, Emotionally Weird, Case Histories, and One Good Turn.

Case Histories introduced her readers to Jackson Brodie, former police inspector turned private investigator, and won the Saltire Book of the Year Award and the Prix Westminster.

When Will There Be Good News? was voted Richard & Judy Book Best Read of the Year. After Case Histories and One Good Turn, it was her third novel to feature the former private detective Jackson Brodie, who makes a welcome return in Started Early, Took My Dog.

DISCLOSURE: I own my copy of Big Sky by Kate Atkinson, published by Transworld, Doubleday. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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2 thoughts on “Big Sky by Kate Atkinson”

  1. I have never read anything by Kate Atkinson, although I have a couple on bookshelf that I picked up at book sales. I will have to see which ones I have as I want to make sure if I get into this series, I read it from the beginning. Thanks for the advice Sandy. This wonderful review has definitely intrigued me.

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