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23 11 2010

When will there be good news? By Kate Atkinson

In a quiet corner of rural Devon, a six-year-old girl witnesses an appalling crime. Thirty years later the man convicted of the crime is released from prison. In Edinburgh, sixteen-year-old Reggie, wise beyond her years, works as a nanny for a G.P. But her employer has disappeared with her baby, 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 a former acquaintance – Jackson Brodie – himself on a journey that is about to be fatally interrupted.

As reviewers have noted there are rather a lot of coincidences in here which are key to the plot. Significant suspension of disbelief required therefore but it is still nevertheless an entertaining and diverting read.

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