Case Histories

Case Histories Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
My review
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I’m only giving this book two stars, but it’s really better than that. It’s just not what I expected, I guess.
Case Histories focuses on a set of fictional “cold cases” in England. The characters all end up interacting in various ways with Jackson Brodie, a private detective hired to look into the cases for various reasons. The stories are interesting and compelling, and the characters are okay, but a bit stereotyped. The problem I had with the book is that it’s a mystery novel, in essence, but the author never lets you, the reader, figure out the mysteries for yourself. There are one or two things that you could figure out, but by and large, the cases themselves hinge on evidence not presented to the reader until the detective has already figured it out. I found that to be annoying enough to drop my rating.
Next up is Ringworld Engineers, the sequel to, duh, Ringworld, by Larry Niven.