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thereadingowlvina
Case Histories: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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Mehso-so

I don't know how I feel about this book honestly but you can read about it at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3142709172?type=review#...

Rating: 3⭐ (I think it's fair!)

Thank you @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB for hosting this fun #BelowZer00s #buddyread!

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DebinHawaii
Case Histories: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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Pickpick

#BelowZer00s #buddyread
I‘m between so-so & pick but rounding up because even feeling crappy & stuffy🤧I wanted to finish & find out what happened—even if it took all weekend. (I‘ll be answering the discussion ??? tomorrow) I liked the pops of dark humor, liked Brodie & that there were some good twists. Didn‘t like keeping track of so many characters & that it slogged a bit. Max🐱says that he enjoyed the parts with cats but the not missing cats.🙀

batsy Hope you're feeling well soon! 4d
erzascarletbookgasm Feel better soon! 4d
BarbaraBB Feel better soon! The discussion is to be found on my thread and certainly worth a peek! ❤️ 4d
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mabell Great photo! Even under the weather, you‘re so creative! Feel better soon! 4d
CaroPi Recover... Here is virus season and I am also sick lying in bed 4d
Crazeedi Max is a great reviewer! I agree with him!💗🐱 4d
Cinfhen Yes!!!! Max is quite right!!!! Hope that cold is on its way out 🤞🏼🤞🏼 4d
AmyG Feel better! Max is a handsome nurse. ❤️ 4d
rubyslippersreads Cold viruses must travel through the Internet, because I have one too. 🤒 Max looks very regal. 😻👑 4d
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Cinfhen
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Thanks to every who participated in our #BelowZer00s BuddyRead this weekend 🥳I have book 2 up for grabs. If you‘d like to continue on with the series I‘m happy to send you the next book💜Special shoutout to my fabulous cohost @BarbaraBB 😘Hope ya‘ll join us for #MAYbeNow coming May 2020🕺🏾

Caroline2 I thought book one was ok but I bailed on Book two!! 😆 4d
Cinfhen I didn‘t like book one enough to continue on with the series but I had already purchased this book @Caroline2 😂😂 4d
TrishB Thanks for hosting Cindy and Barbara 😘 @BarbaraBB 4d
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BarbaraBB It was a pleasure again to be your co-host! I think @Bklover mentioned she is interested in the second Atkinson! 4d
BarbaraBB @TrishB Thanks for participating 💜 4d
Crazeedi I'm in with whatever!! 4d
Cinfhen I love these buddyreads @TrishB @BarbaraBB @Crazeedi so glad ya‘ll be back for our next one 💓📚🎉 4d
Bklover I‘ll be back too! Can‘t wait to see what book is chosen next. And I am definitely interested in book two of Atkinson. 4d
Cinfhen Perfect @Bklover and I‘ll happily mail you book 2!! 4d
Bklover @Cinfhen Thank you so much! 💕💕 (edited) 4d
JennyM Thanks for hosting ladies @BarbaraBB . I‘m going to continue with the series and am glad you‘ve found a home for the book, Cindy with @Bklover You are generous as ever 😘 (edited) 4d
BarbaraBB @JennyM Thank you for joining! 💜 4d
vivastory Thanks to both of you for hosting. I really enjoyed this book & learning more about my fellow Littens. I can't wait for the buddy read in May! @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen 🙌📚 4d
Cinfhen Sorry I missed the live discussion yesterday but so glad you were both able to join in @vivastory @JennyM Excited to see what our next read will be 😄 4d
readordierachel Thanks again for hosting! Looking forward to doing it again 💕 4d
Crazeedi @Cinfhen are you reading these? Or a different buddy read? 4d
Cinfhen Nope, we are not reading the sequel as a buddy read @Crazeedi although you might want to suggest one!! We still haven‘t voted on a book yet but I‘ll keep you posted 4d
Crazeedi @Cinfhen ok thank you! I'll be looking for your decision! 2d
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jenniferw88
Case Histories: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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#belowzer00s a few hours late but here's my thoughts on the book! Thanks for hosting Cindy & Barbara! @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

Cinfhen The three cases are not originally connected BUT when Theo has his asthma attack it‘s the homeless girl who saves him. The homeless girl turns out to be the now grown baby daughter of Michelle, the mom who was accused of killing her husband with an ax. 5d
Cinfhen Do you want the next book?? I bought it but I‘m not interested in continuing on with the series! 5d
jenniferw88 @Cinfhen ah ok, thanks (re first comment). I'm currently running very low on physical space for books, so thanks but no thanks to the second book - I'll either wait to see if it becomes a #Kindledeal or get rid of some of my other books first! 😂❤😘 5d
Cinfhen I understand completely 5d
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BarbaraBB
Case Histories: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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#BelowZer00s #buddyread, question 5/5

vivastory 😂😂 Probably a bulldog 5d
Hooked_on_books Ha! Funny that you‘d ask this. I think I‘d be a mastiff. A bit lazy, generally healthy, affectionate with my family but a bit aloof around others. 5d
JaclynW Fun question! I would be a king charles cavalier or cocker spaniel. According to Google, their temperament is: Fearless, Affectionate, Sweet Disposition, Sociable, Patient, Adaptable, Playful, and Intelligent. They can also suffer from separation anxiety and they best enjoy being in a household environment around people. This sums me up pretty good. (Although I'm not especially fearless, nor do I like hunting. So except for those 2 things...) 😊 5d
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Billypar Chihuahua? Small, persistent, cold all the time in the winter.. 😅 5d
readordierachel This question is awesome 😆 but I have no idea. Love your thoughtful answer @JaclynW ! 5d
Mdargusch My best friend growing up always said I reminded her of my schnauzer- I do have quite a beard. 🤣🤣🤣 5d
Bklover I‘d be a Maltese. I have two of them and they are the laziest dogs I‘ve ever seen. I also googled lazy dog breeds and there they were. They also like to eat and have their back scratched. Yep. 5d
JaclynW @vivastory @Hooked_on_books @Billypar @readordierachel @Mdargusch @Bklover I'm loving everyone's answers! I feel like I need to go poll my family now.😄 5d
readordierachel @Bklover 🤣🤣 I like the way you think 5d
JennyM Probably a Labrador - loyal, family friendly but tends to eats too much 🤣 5d
BookwormAHN I'd be Lhasa Apso. I've had so many of them that I think they've entered my DNA. 5d
peaknit I‘m a Chow, I think. Fiercely loyal but content just standing by on the ready. And once I don‘t like someone, it‘s over. Takes a long time for me to get frustrated but once I am done I am done like a Chow, they can be a grumpy breed if they don‘t like you 😊 And fluffy, way too much hair, my short hair doesn‘t grow longer, it grows bigger😂 5d
Andrew65 Not well enough up on my breeds of dog! Pretty one off character, so possibly a mix of the features of different dogs. Does that make me a mongrel. 🙄😔 5d
Kalalalatja I‘m not sure about the breed, but something small, protective, a bit of a pleaser and with a temperament 🐶😄 5d
AnneCecilie I have no idea, I‘m not that into different breeds. Something lazy who want to stay inside 5d
Cinfhen Great answers everyone!!! Thanks for cozying up with us @AnneCecilie @Kalalalatja @Andrew65 @peaknit @BookwormAHN @JennyM @readordierachel @JaclynW @vivastory @Hooked_on_books @Billypar @Bklover @Mdargusch Hope you‘ll join us for #MAYbeNow #buddyread coming May 2020 featuring a book from the last decade (2010-2019) 🤓 5d
Bklover @AnneCecilie you can be a Maltese like me. Laziest dogs ever! 5d
SamAnne Border collie! A middle-aged border collie.... 5d
CarolynM I'm a cat 5d
Billypar You raise a good point @CarolynM - I think many of us on this site are closer to the cat spectrum 😸 5d
Billypar Thanks @Cinfhen and @BarbaraBB for organizing this fun weekend! Loved the book discussion and trip back in time 👏👏👏 5d
Cinfhen You‘re hilarious @CarolynM 😹😹😹😹😹 (edited) 5d
Cinfhen So glad you were able to join us @Billypar ❤️ 5d
JaclynW @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB Thanks for a fun 3 days and a new book introduction! 5d
Mynameisacolour My daughter's are telling me that I would be a poodle🐩🤣 5d
Crazeedi Labrador retriever!! 5d
erzascarletbookgasm Haha! What a fun question and love all the answers! 😁 I don‘t know enough of breeds of dogs, but I guess something loyal and strong willed is close. Thanks for hosting a fun party and great discussion questions @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen (edited) 5d
batsy Fun question that I'm not sure how to answer! I guess I'll be a mixed breed... Confused, not knowing from whence I came or where I'm heading, but with a lot of love and loyalty for all the good people in my life 😁 5d
bookandbedandtea Is there a breed of dog which prefers to be solitary? I can't think of one. I think I'd be a cat, which is weird for me to think as I much prefer to interact with dogs than cats. 🤷‍♀️ 5d
Simona Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Easy going, naturally quiet and pretty lazy. 4d
DebinHawaii I think I lean to the cat side too personality wise but I do love dogs. I guess I would say a Basset Hound lazy, easygoing, people-oriented but would just as soon take a nap most of the time & also a bit stubborn.😉🐶 Big thanks to @Cinfhen & @BarbaraBB for hosting this fun #buddyread 😘 4d
bookandcat Uhhhh I don't really do dogs! I'll ask my husband. Okay just asked and he says I'm a corgi. Idk why. 4d
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BarbaraBB
Case Histories: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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#BelowZer00s #buddyread, question 4/5

JaclynW By the end of this book, yes, I felt invested. I am curious to get to know him more. I'm not always good though at finishing a series. I honestly didn't even know this book was a series until I was about halfway through it and I saw someone post something about not wanting to continue with the series. Also police life seems so foreign to me. Which can be a draw AND a turn off. 5d
Hooked_on_books I really liked the book and the humor so I definitely plan to continue. I actually own book 3, so I just downloaded the audio of book 2 from the library. I find Jackson an interesting character, but I don‘t think he‘s fully fleshed out yet. I‘m guessing that a purposeful way to save some of his character development for later books. 5d
vivastory I loved Jackson! I will definitely be reading future entries. Although she published it before Galbraith, I was reminded of Cormoran Strike. 5d
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TrishB Already up to date in the series. I‘ve loved Jackson since this book and have read the books as they‘ve come out! 5d
vivastory Again agree with @Hooked_on_books I think he'll be more fully realized in future books, but he definitely had enough presence in this one to really intrigue me 5d
MicheleinPhilly For sure. I‘ve already read book 2 many moons ago and own 3 and 4. I‘m looking forward to them. 5d
Billypar I thought Jackson was a little 'meh'. I liked his observations, but they didn't seem to coalesce into a fully fledged character as much as Amelia's did. I felt the same way about Caroline. 5d
readordierachel #unpopularopinion but I didn't really like Jackson. He was quite bland and I could have done without his sexual assessments of all the female characters. Everyone was talking about what a good guy he is, but I didn't see that. Maybe Atkinson withheld a lot of depth to his character to get you to read on? Don't know if I will. I did like his interactions with his daughter though. 5d
Mdargusch Yes! I would definitely read the next book in this series! 5d
Bklover I‘ll be interested to learn more about him in the next book. He was interesting but certainly not the most interesting character in the book. 5d
BarbaraBB @readordierachel I‘m with you and @Billypar. He seems to me quite realistic but I don‘t think I‘d much like him in real life. 5d
JennyM Definitely! He‘s is a great character. 5d
BookwormAHN I liked Jackson but not enough to continue. 5d
Andrew65 Most definitely! I‘m waiting for a hold to come in on book 2. Feel like we just skimmed the surface with him so far. 5d
Kalalalatja I‘m not planning on reading any of the other books, but I‘m not surprised by that. This just isn‘t my genre, and Jackson annoyed me to much to convince me otherwise 😅 5d
AnneCecilie Yes, especially the tiny glimpses we got of his past. I will continue with the series in the hope of learning more about him. 5d
jenniferw88 Definitely continuing! 5d
Cinfhen I‘m with @Kalalalatja @BookwormAHN @ReadOrDie @Billypar @BarbaraBB I wasn‘t drawn to Jackson and I‘m not interested in continuing on with this series. This book just wasn‘t for me, but I‘m glad I got to read it with all of you. I happen to own book 2 and I‘m happy to send it to any of you @AnneCecilie @jenniferw88 @JennyM @Bklover @Mdargusch @vivastory @MicheleinPhilly @JaclynW First come first serve 🥳 5d
Bklover I‘ll take it!!! 5d
Bklover Hope the second one has the humor. I thought that the humor carried the book. Otherwise it would have been sort of blah. 5d
SamAnne I will read the next in the series, but not immediately. I enjoyed the story and the characters but not so that I'm going to run out and get the next one. 5d
CarolynM Absolutely! I think he's wonderful. Book 3 is my favourite @Hooked_on_books 🙂 5d
JaclynW @readordierachel I'm in agreement with you about the sexual assessments. I found this in another book with the lead character being a male police officer. I was wondering...is this typical male? Typical police mentality? I still don't have the answer. 5d
Mynameisacolour I found myself more interested in the cases and looking forward to the resolutions more so than the present day characters. I found both Amelia and Julia cringy and Jackson was meh 5d
thereadingowlvina So far, he's an okay character. I would continue this series just to find out how his character develops. Plus, I really like the author's writing 😁 5d
Crazeedi I wasn't necessarily drawn to him, but I would read a sequel 5d
erzascarletbookgasm I did not LOVE Jackson but like him enough to find out how his character develops in the series. I also happen to own book 2 and 3, so will continue. 5d
BookNAround I liked Jackson well enough but I‘m not sure if I‘ll continue the series or not. So many books so little time! 5d
batsy Short answer: No. Like @readordierachel he rubbed me the wrong way and for those reasons. If he is fleshed out and made more interesting in the later books, and less of a typical entitled straight man, I might consider reading more. 5d
batsy @JaclynW @readordierachel Another male investigator character who annoyed me greatly in the same vein is Harry Hole from the Jo Nesbø books... Well I only read this one but it was enough 5d
bookandbedandtea I liked Jackson quite a lot but I don't feel a pull to read more in this series. This book felt like a one- off to me and I think I'm happy to leave it that way. 5d
BarbaraBB @Mynameisacolour I‘m with you on all characters! 5d
Simona I am not interested at all. He was depicted so stereotypically, in very boring way.
@batsy Are you familiar with Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers from Inspektor Lynley series by Elizabeth Georg. I only read the first book, but the characterization is a little more complex and interesting.
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Bklover I love the Lynley series (most of them) @Simona ! 4d
DebinHawaii I liked Jackson & believe he has some hidden depths to uncover. I wouldn‘t be opposed to more of the series but I have a lot of books I would rather get to first. That being said, if they were ever really cheap Kindle deals, I‘d load ‘em up. 😉 4d
bookandcat I'd try another book since I liked him well enough but this was a 3 star read for me. I am more attached to and invested in Murder Squad characters (see Tana French) but he was fine. 4d
Simona @Bklover I've saved them for reading slump times 😊 3d
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BarbaraBB
Case Histories: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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#BelowZer00s #buddyread, question 3/5

JaclynW I think it helped to lighten the traumatic events of the book 5d
Hooked_on_books I don‘t think she necessarily intended suspense here. And I think the humor as well as the focus on character development shows that. Plus there are awful, dark things happening to people here, so the humor helps lift you away from those feelings. I think that‘s why she made the humor so off-color, to balance the violent components. I loved the humor! 5d
JaclynW Oops. I hit send too soon. If it had been one traumatic thing after another, she may have lost readers because it may have gotten too heavy. 5d
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JaclynW @Hooked_on_books I liked the humourous bits too. 5d
TrishB It‘s very real to me to see humour in very dark situations. Whether it‘s a Brit thing I don‘t know 🤷‍♀️ but this felt very everyday. 5d
vivastory I loved the humor. I felt it alleviated some of the grief, which would have been overwhelming at times, & added extra depth to the characters. It felt very true to life. 5d
Billypar The humor was ultimately what sold me in the end. I agree that it acted as a counterweight to the more depressing parts. It also helped me enjoy the relative slowness in the investigations. Usually with mysteries I'm more ravenous when it comes to having new developments or twists, but I didn't mind the pace as much since she had me cracking up the whole way. 5d
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB I agree. I‘ve always viewed it as something of a Scorpio defense mechanism. ☺️ 5d
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly that‘s definitely it! The amount of times I‘ve made inappropriate comments and got the look from family members!! 5d
TrishB @Billypar I think the mysteries in these is always secondary to the characters and the personalities and the humour. 5d
readordierachel Agree with you @JaclynW and @Hooked_on_books that the humor balances out the violence and trauma. The humor was what I appreciated most. 5d
Bklover I found the humor more prominent than the mysteries. Almost as if the mysteries were there to promote the humor. If that makes any sense. 5d
Mdargusch The humor made the book more than a whodunit since it added another layer. I laughed out loud so many times during the chapters on Caroline! 5d
JaclynW @Billypar Very true. 5d
JaclynW @Mdargusch Yes! Layered is the perfect way to describe it. 5d
BarbaraBB It can be a Scorpio thing indeed, I know I use it too 😉 @TrishB and @MicheleinPhilly. It didn‘t do so much for me in this novel though. I admit to laughing about the cat called ‘nigger‘ 🤭 but Julia and Amelia became a bit too grotesque for me and therefore a bit unrealistic. 5d
TrishB @BarbaraBB I now can‘t admit to having any of these characters in my extended family can I!! I think Julia and Amelia are maybe a bit out dated now, but definitely existed.... 5d
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly 😘😘 always being told to watch what people might be thinking 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️ whatever that means!! 5d
BarbaraBB @TrishB Haha, it‘s probably fun to have them in your extended family 😀 5d
BookwormAHN I think the humor was definitely needed to lighten up the mood but the cat called "nigger" was too much ??‍♀️ 5d
Andrew65 @BarbaraBB Another Scorpio here who uses it too! ♏️ Amazing How humour can get you through difficult situations and times! Also balances out nicely the dark points of the book. 5d
Kalalalatja #TeamScorpio here, too! @BarbaraBB @TrishB @MicheleinPhilly @Andrew65 I use humor quite a lot in my therapy sessions with clients, as it helps to get through some of the tougher subjects, so it makes sense to me there is so much of it in the book 5d
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja That is very plausible explanation, thanks 🙏 5d
TrishB @BookwormAHN to me this was highlighting racism in older people very well in the U.K. (sadly). I could well have imagined my Nan doing that ☹️ 5d
BarbaraBB @TrishB Oh really? To me it was so absurd that I found it funny 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5d
TrishB @BarbaraBB maybe it‘s a U.K. thing? A lot of my friends (and me!) have horror stories about racist grandparents? 5d
BarbaraBB @TrishB I don‘t know, maybe everyone‘s grandparents here are racist too except mine because they were Indonesian 🤷🏻‍♀️😂 5d
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB @BarbaraBB Sadly not limited to the UK. I could see some of my ancient neighbors doing that sort of thing TODAY. 😒 5d
TrishB @BarbaraBB 😂😂 a good reason! My Nan was Irish but still profoundly racist against people coming into the country! 5d
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly ☹️🤷‍♀️ we can only fight back! 5d
Cinfhen I agree the “humor” was meant to lighten the otherwise dark stories but to me the humor seemed more slapstick and unnatural. It just didn‘t work for me @Hooked_on_books @JaclynW @TrishB @vivastory @Billypar @readordierachel @Bklover @Mdargusch @BarbaraBB @BookwormAHN @Kalalalatja I thought the humor sort of out dated the story / 5d
Cinfhen There is no way naming a cat “nigger” in ANY book now (2020) would ever get published!!!!! I‘m still in shock over that 😱 5d
TrishB @Cinfhen very true, thankfully, but sadly wouldn‘t stop it happening ☹️ 5d
CarolynM I agree with @Hooked_on_books I don't think suspense was intended. I think she was using the "detective" format to write about a bunch of traumatised people. I think one of the things she does very well is to show violence and trauma are part of everyday life for some people and humour is also part of everyday life - from observation of the contradictions and absurdities. 5d
BarbaraBB @CarolynM I wonder why she used the format, as a writer she has proven she doesn‘t need it and the murder cases were a bit predictable and for me detracting (is that the correct word?) from the overall story. 5d
TrishB @BarbaraBB interesting question! Don‘t know the answer though. 5d
CarolynM @TrishB I thought Binky (and to a lesser extent Caroline's husband and family) was hilarious but I am hugely amused by that stereotype of early 20th century British superiority (the novels of Dornford Yates and PC Wren for example). I think a lot of racism in the past came from a lack of understanding that other cultures were just as valid as (in yours and mine case) Anglo - Irish culture.👇 5d
CarolynM 🖕My grandparents felt so sorry for their Italian and Greek neighbours for their ignorance and backwardness when all they were doing were things that were normal where they had come from. 5d
CarolynM @BarbaraBB I don't know the answer either. Maybe because it provides a reason for her hero to encounter so many people who have been profoundly affected by violence? 5d
TrishB @CarolynM such a good summary! Sadly I think now we‘ve reverted backwards to still thinking that‘s the superior culture (in the U.K. anyway and certainly stirred up by Brexit). 5d
Crazeedi People use humor when uncomfortable with situations, so maybe that's why 5d
erzascarletbookgasm For me, there‘s no suspense, and I went in thinking it‘s a traditional mystery story but found out soon enough the whodunnits are not the main things. I really liked the humour, like what @CarolynM said earlier, not lol but more of ‘smile moments‘. Agree with what others said about the humour as a balance to the dark parts. 5d
batsy I love bleak, dark humour. The Russians especially used it to great effect in their literature. (shoutout to my man, Dostoyevsky! 😆) Sorry to be the party pooper again, but I didn't quite get on with Atkinson's brand of humour. I guess it's a subjective thing and maybe that's why I didn't quite enjoy the book. 5d
BarbaraBB @batsy I‘d prefer Dostojevski any time. Or Nathan Englander, who I just finished a book by! 5d
Simona Well @batsy I have to tag you again, I totally agree with you 😄 Bizarre, dark humor is my kind of humor, but it is ineffective in this story ... as @BarbaraBB said - with the exception of the black cat. 4d
DebinHawaii I liked the humor & for me it is a natural place too go in uncomfortable situations too. (Am I a closet Scorpio? 🤔) i didn‘t think it too much to take away from the story & I liked how the dark sarcasm was a balm to some of the pain. Regarding the cat, sadly I have older relations long gone now that would have viewed it as normal. 🥺I think that was a bit for shock factor though but I did enjoy Jackson & then Howell‘s reaction to it. 4d
bookandcat The humor was fine. I didn't find this book as suspenseful and taut as I would like (I am more of a Tana French fan). This felt more literary strolling through a PI's life for me. The resolutions of most of the cases did not feel too surprising for me. 4d
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#BelowZer00s #buddyread, question 2/5

Hooked_on_books I had noticed this and wondered. I‘m guessing it was a way to unify what could have been disparate plots by giving them a common theme. 5d
JaclynW @Hooked_on_books Good thoughts. I also thought it may be because many readers are parents and can relate to the fear of losing a child. 5d
TrishB Good point, that fear of going something as a parent that put your child in danger is an easy topic to focus on I guess. Agree with @Hooked_on_books it was the thread holding the stories together. 5d
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vivastory I agree with @Hooked_on_books I think that the sense of parents leaving something behind when they're gone was a unique way for Atkinson to tackle the cold cases 5d
Mdargusch I hadn‘t thought about it but I like your idea @Hooked__on__books 5d
Bklover I thought it illustrates how differently we can love our children. That “parental love” is not generic and can those differences can have profound effects. 5d
BarbaraBB I agree with you too @Hooked_on_books but I also thought it was because that way we got to know Jackson better, since he was personally dealing with some major parenthood issues. The cases gave us insight in his way of thinking. (edited) 5d
BookwormAHN Coming from someone without kids, it seems to me it was also about how directly our parent's crap affect who we are. 5d
Andrew65 @TrishB @Hooked_on_books I agree too, felt like it was the thread holding the three different cases together, and provided a link into Jackson too. 5d
Kalalalatja I like both your views @Hooked_on_books and @BarbaraBB - Atkinson needed a theme to tie the stories together, and tie them to Jackson‘s life and situation 5d
Hooked_on_books That‘s definitely a good thought about giving us more access to Jackson. It definitely ties him in, too, along with his ex and her boyfriend. 5d
AnneCecilie I hadn‘t really thought about that but agree with @Hooked__on__books @Bklover and @BookwormAHN 5d
Cinfhen I definitely agree with all of you @Hooked_on_books @Bklover @BookwormAHN @JaclynW @BarbaraBB the theme of parenthood is universal enough and strong enough to bind these stories. And when it comes to fatherhood in particular we got very different perspectives the overprotective father ( Theo) the abusive father ( Victor) and the overworked/ single dad/ trying to figure it all out dad ( Jackson) 5d
CarolynM For me it's not parenthood so much as family that is the theme. The sibling relationships, and the degree of responsibility they feel for one another, were just as central to the book as the parent - child relationships. 5d
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen Excellent point. Also the loving but not terribly involved dad in Kevin, for his brief presence. 5d
BarbaraBB @CarolynM You are right about that! 5d
Cinfhen Yes!!!!!! @CarolynM definitely about family relationships 5d
erzascarletbookgasm What @Hooked_on_books and @BarbaraBB said. I think the parenthood theme primarily tie the cases to Jackson. 5d
Crazeedi Maybe because Jackson had issues to resolve with his daughter as in being divorced and not in her life etc 5d
BookNAround And more than just parenthood but the issue of missing girls/disappeared daughters. The case highlight Jackson‘s fears for his daughter, the child who was a surprise in his marriage but the best surprise he could have found. 5d
batsy I agree with the thoughtful answers above. It was a unifying theme and also a way to show the various forms of parenting, the good, the bad, the evil and the harmful, and the long-lasting ramifications it has on the psyche of the children. The scars we carry with us or the stuff that makes or breaks us, I think... 5d
jhod Just to say Jackson's back story and how effected he was by his siblings makes me agree that its family relationships that's the unifying theme. (also caroline and shirley, amelia and julia) 4d
DebinHawaii I agree that the parenting & the family relationships were the tie & as @BookNAround & @Crazeedi mention the emphasis on the dangers in the world for women/daughters/sisters as they related to Jackson‘s own worries for his daughter. 4d
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Billypar
Case Histories: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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The mysteries were a little thin, as were some of the characters (Brodie included). The heteronormative and racial humor (i.e. the whole cat thing) was cringey. Some of the end resolutions were implausible to the point of absurdity. So why did I like this? I think the dark humor that did land was very funny but also blended with the sadder moments surprisingly well. It was also very self-referential, which I always enjoy 👇

Billypar And unlike most 'literary mysteries' this seemed to fall squarely in between the two genres, which makes it hard to pin down and rate, but fun to watch as it subverts either genre's expectations. Looking forward to the discussion! @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB 5d
BarbaraBB You are just in time! Another great review! 5d
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readordierachel Yes, that cat part was awful! 5d
Billypar @BarbaraBB Thanks! I'm glad I finished in time: great discussion! 5d
Billypar @readordierachel Yeah, I know what she was going for, but I can't go along. There are plenty of other good jokes to enjoy! 5d
Cinfhen Great review!!! But all your “negative” points only reenforces why this book didn‘t work for me 😉😂 5d
Billypar @Cinfhen Lol - it's tough one to review 😁 A pick with reservations, which isn't far from the 'so so' you want to like more. 5d
batsy What @Cinfhen said 😂 The cat part legit made me want to throw my book (with the hideous cover) out the window 🙃 @readordierachel 5d
readordierachel @batsy I was listening to the audiobook and thought I must have misheard! Then she just kept going back to that well for a cheap laugh 🙄 5d
Billypar @batsy @readordierachel You'd think it would have raised eyebrows somewhere in the editorial process. Ali Smith was mentioned twice in the acknowledgements - I wonder if she raised any concerns? Maybe there's an awkward email exchange between the two authors about it...🤔 4d
readordierachel @Billypar @batsy I would pay good money to read that exchange. I read that Atkinson almost never reads her negative reviews and thinks that authors reviewing their colleagues work is "a callous art," so perhaps criticism is unwelcome. 4d
Billypar @readordierachel Interesting - I've heard that perspective before: maybe if you've got Ali Smith and a few trusted editors, that's enough. I haven't heard of her trafficking in ill-advised racial humor elsewhere, so hopefully this was a weird one-off thing. 4d
readordierachel Yes, hopefully. I certainly don't remember anything like that in Life After Life 4d
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