Why this book?
All Kate Atkinson’s books are beautifully written, with wicked observation, but what I love about them most is the reality of her characters.
None is more addictive than her detective, Jackson Brodie. I chose this book, not just because it’s the first in the series, but because it moved me so much. I have read it over and over again and each time it makes me cry. I want to take Theo, who still yearns for his murdered daughter, into my arms and comfort him.
Like me, you will want to know what happened to the little girl who disappeared from her own garden one night and what possessed one woman to kill her husband with an axe.
Through it all runs a subtle humour, which will make you laugh out loud.
It is, for me, the perfect book.