When Will There Be Good News?

A Novel
By Kate Atkinson (Trade Paperback, 2010)
On a hot summer day, Joanna Mason's family slowly wanders home along a country lane. A moment later, Joanna's life is changed forever...

On a dark night thirty years later, ex-detective Jackson Brodie finds himself on a train that is both crowded and late. Lost in his thoughts, he suddenly hears a shocking sound...

At the end of a long day, 16-year-old Reggie is looking forward to watching a little TV. Then a terrifying noise shatters her peaceful evening. Luckily, Reggie makes it a point to be prepared for an emergency...

These three lives come together in unexpected and deeply thrilling ways in the latest novel from Kate Atkinson, the critically acclaimed author who Harlan Coben calls "an absolute must-read."

On a hot summer day, Joanna Mason's family slowly wanders home along a country lane. A moment later, Joanna's life is changed forever...

On a dark night thirty years later, ex-detective Jackson Brodie finds himself on a train that is both crowded and late. Lost in his thoughts, he suddenly hears a shocking sound...

At the end of a long day, 16-year-old Reggie is looking forward to watching a little TV. Then a terrifying noise shatters her peaceful evening. Luckily, Reggie makes it a point to be prepared for an emergency...

These three lives come together in unexpected and deeply thrilling ways in the latest novel from Kate Atkinson, the critically acclaimed author who Harlan Coben calls "an absolute must-read."

Kate Atkinson lives in Edinburgh. Her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, was named Whitbread Book of the Year in the U.K. in 1995, and was followed by Human Croquet, Emotionally Weird, Not the End of the World, Case Histories and One Good Turn.
  • "As a reader, I was charmed. As a novelist, I was staggered by Kate Atkinson's narrative wizardry."  (Entertainment Weekly).

  • "Uncategorizable, unputdownable, Atkinson's books are like Agatha Christie mysteries that have burst at the seams-they're taut and intricate but also messy and funny and full of life."

    (Time).

  • "Thank God, in these hard times, for a cheerful, ghoulish, gory book like this....This is a grand mystery." (Washington Post).

  • "You don't need to have read the earlier two books to appreciate this one, but I can't think of any reason to deny yourself the delights of all three...The novel satisfies the question in its own title. The answer is: Right here and right now. (Salon).

  • "This smart, surprising, darkly funny novel takes the reader on a wild ride that starts with the gut-wrenching first chapter and doesn't stop until the final page." (Bookpage).

  • "Expertly rendered...It is very much to be hoped that Kate Atkinson keeps this gratifying series going." (New York Times).

  • "[Atkinson shows a] remarkable ability to shear through layers of secrets and inhibitions and tease out the baldest of truths about her characters...[she] takes her metaphorical flashlight and shines it so authoritatively that the dark corners where hidden revelations wish to hide don't stand a change." (Baltimore Sun).

  • "Good news lies on every page of this meticulously plotted and affecting thriller." (Miami Herald).

  • "It's hard to imagine a novel starting in a more gripping or terrifying way." (New York Times Book Review).

  • "Atkinson's novels crackle with intelligence and wit and wise meditations on life, death, love, and loss." (Buffalo News).

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Product Details

When Will There Be Good News?
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $13.99 US
  • Pages: 416
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • Audio Run Time: 0
  • ISBN-13: 9780316012836
  • On Sale Date: 01/11/2010
When Will There Be Good News?