Friends this is my review of the book “One Good Turn” by Kate Atkinson, which I have read recently. This is a book that I have had on my book shelves for some time, as originally read it a few years ago, probably in 2007 when it came out in the version I have got.
I was prompted to look this out having noticed that Kate won the Costa Novel Award, for her book Life after Life, which she was recently awarded in January this year. I am looking forward to reading that book, but for now I am writing about “One Good Turn”
This is a book about the hero Jackson Brodie, as ex-army policeman. He is in Edinburgh for the Edinburgh Festival, to see his partner performing in a play. There is a road rage incident, which he tries to help with, but leaves him as a murder suspect.
The body count then starts, helped along by “Mad Honda Man” and his baseball bat, as the lives of everyone involved in the road rage incident are changed for ever.
The characters are beautifully painted, allowing the read to really feel for them as they go through a whole series of nightmares. Which just brings out the black humour of the story. It is very addictive, not least due to the thought “what an earth can happen next”. This was certainly not the sort of run of the mill detective novel, but a really good mystery.
This was an enjoyable book – full of black humour and was book 16 week 13 fiction 15 (audio book 3) non fiction 2
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