Big Sky (Jackson Brodie, #5) by Kate Atkinson

Big Sky (Jackson Brodie, #5)

Jackson Brodie, ex-military police, ex-Cambridge Constabulary, currently working as a private investigator, makes a highly anticipated return, nine years after the last Brodie, Started Early, Took My Dog.Jackson Brodie has relocated to a quiet seaside village, in the occasional company of his recalcitrant teenage son and an aging Labrador, both at the discretion of his ex-partner Julia. It’s picturesque, but there’s something darker lurking b...

Details Big Sky (Jackson Brodie, #5)

TitleBig Sky (Jackson Brodie, #5)
Release DateJun 18th, 2019
PublisherTransworld Digital
GenreMystery, Fiction, Crime, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, European Literature, British Literature

Reviews Big Sky (Jackson Brodie, #5)

  • Liz
    Kate Atkinson is the complete package - engrossing storylines and fully formed characters. She is one of my favorite authors. It’s been ages since she wrote a Jackson Brodie book. I was worried about the gap in time, but no worries. I immediately felt a connection with him all over again. How could I not with comments like this “ he couldn’t get the knowledge to rise up from the seabed of his memory - a dismal place with the rusting wreckag...
  • Meredith
    I love this book! I love Jackson Brodie! I love Kate Atkinson!
  • Diane S ☔
    It was nice to see Jackson Brodie back again. In fact, my favorite parts of this book were his quiet musings and his often humorous relationship with his son. Though his role was little more than that of a bit player, leaving me wanting more of his presence.There are though, many characters in this story and multiple threads. Atkinson without any doubt on my part always writes amazingly well. Also she took on some timely issues, such as sex traff...
  • Jen
    Admittedly, it’s difficult for me to write an unbiased review of a Kate Atkinson novel. When I received this book from NetGalley, I immediately tweeted “she is our greatest living author, don’t @ me”, which – I actually wish someone would “@” me, because I’m more than happy to explain all the ways Atkinson is brilliant (almost terrifying so).My favourite books of Atkinson’s are Life After Life and A God in Ruins (the latter abso...
  • Marianne
    “Jackson knew something was dodgy about Barclay Jack, but couldn’t get the knowledge to rise up from the seabed of his memory – a dismal place that was littered with the rusting wreckage and detritus of his brain cells.” Big Sky is the fifth book in the popular Jackson Brodie series by British author, Kate Atkinson. Running Brodie Investigations from a virtual office has allowed Jackson to rent a cottage in East Yorkshire, near enough to ...
  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    EXCERPT: On a dark street the nondescript grey hatchback slithered quietly to a halt beneath a streetlight that was helpfully broken. The car's engine was killed and the driver, almost as anonymous-looking as the Peugeot itself, climbed out and shut the door with a quiet clunk. The passenger door opened and a girl climbed out. The driver waited on the pavement for her to heave her backpack out of the footwell. The colours of the little rainbows h...
  • Tatiana
    Objectively speaking, as a mystery, Big Sky is not that strong. If written by a different author, a novel with a plot like this would have been a subject of a lengthy rant about too many coincidences and same people constantly bumping into suspects of various crimes.HOWEVER,this is Kate Atkinson, and I am yet to be disappointed or not entertained by her books. Her character work and her wit are impeccable, regardless of what she chooses to write ...
  • Sue
    “A coincidence is just an explanation waiting to happen.”Remember this sentence as it is important to the entire novel, its course and ultimate denouement.Kate Atkinson has returned with another Jackson Brodie novel after a gap of several years. Jackson now is living in Yorkshire in a seaside town, working as a private investigator, primarily tailing unfaithful husbands for angry wives. Not exactly a fulfilling life but it pays bills and keep...
  • Carolyn
    *4:5* Stars. ”A coincidence is just an explanation waiting to happen.””Truth is absolute but the consequences of it aren't.”I have always loved the enthralling Jackson Brodie series by Kate Atkinson. Although it has been a long nine years since the previous book in this series, Big Sky works as a standalone, and once again be charmed by her brilliant writing which contains mystery, dry humour, and quotable sentences which provide food for...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    It has been years since I read a Jackson Brodie novel and I never expected to read another, so I'd forgotten a bit what it was like. I remembered they were bleak, measured, patient, smart and sure enough that's just how this one was. The tone is what sticks with you in a Brodie novel more than the crime itself. I have forgotten characters who carry over but it doesn't matter all that much because ultimately a Brodie novel is about spending some t...
  • Sheila
    3 stars--I liked the book. Trigger warnings for sexual abuse.I have an enduring fondness for Jackson Brody (and his parenthetical conversations). The character never fails to charm, and this book is no exception. I also adored Crystal and Harry and Bunny--in fact, the range of side characters in this book was fabulous.Like all Brody books, the main plot revolves around lost girls--in this case it takes a wide focus, as Brody gets enmeshed in huma...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    Six months ago, I attended a lunch honoring Kate Atkinson's publication of Transcription, during which she hinted that there was a Brodie novel in the works. That sly dog -- it was more than "in the works" if this is the final product -- it must have been further along than she teased. It's been a while since she wrapped the Brodie quartet, and she's published three hefty novels in the interim, but as one besotted fan remarked, "We just Love Brod...
  • lucky little cat
    Jackson Brodie's fifth outing is good and ironic, but quiet. The new characters we meet are largely a low-key (but appealing) lot.Sometimes I feel I've got to /Run a-way We also get reappearances from a few characters from Brodie's past (plus Julia, who's such a heartless tease she hardly counts anymore). Brodie's relationships with his ex-partners, his kids, and others have shifted over the years, sometimes in unforeseeable or uncomfortable ways...
  • Susan Johnson
    I am a little angry at Kate Atkinson. She has made me wait 8 long years for a new Jackson Brodie book and I didn't realize how much I missed him before I read this excellent book. Then I had a dilemma. Do I read it fast as I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next or do I savor it to make it last as long as possible? Well, of course I read it fast because it was so good I had to know what was going to happen next. Despite the long...
  • Faith
    I’ve read a few of the Jackson Brody crime novels and I like the plots more than I like the writing style. This book has way too many characters, many of whom are unnecessary to the main plot about human trafficking, and skips around among them in a manner designed to cause maximum confusion. However, some of the “unnecessary “ characters were actually a lot more entertaining than Brody. I loved “Transcription” though, so maybe I should...
  • Will
    I can’t imagine that fans of Kate Atkinson, particularly the fans of her Jackson Brodie novels, will be disappointed with Big Sky. I wasn’t. What a good time I had reading this! She delivers once again in this continuing series that many critics have described as a unique blend of the crime/detective novel and the “literary novel”.All of Atkinson’s trademark wit and wry humor is present. This is a 'crime' novel that is often very funny ...
  • Faith Hurst-Bilinski
    I know I have read the rest of this series but I realized as soon as I started this one that I don't remember much about it. This starts off just dumping characters and backstory, sometimes oversold backstories, on the reader. I found I was being introduced to so many characters that I couldn't be bothered to care. Some you never did need to care about. I thought I remembered liking these stories and this character. It tool me a long time to reme...
  • Claire
    It’s been a long time since Atkinson has brought us Jackson Brodie, but let’s just say it’s been worth the wait. I was a bit worried having read Transcription recently, that Atkinson had gone off the boil. Luckily, this worry was misplaced.Big Sky is Atkinson at her best. Sure there’s a bit of set up at the start of the novel, sure there’s some neatly wound things at the end, but ultimately it doesn’t matter. Big Sky is a great story,...
  • switterbug (Betsey)
    “The thing about the past was that, no matter how far you ran or how fast you ran, it was always right behind you, snapping at your heels.”Past, present, future. It’s all here in one delicious detective novel. If this had been written by a typically genre author in dramatic fashion, it would have come off rather melodramatic and derivative. But British novelist Kate Atkinson, who has written some of my favorite stand-alone novels, dips deli...
  • Storyheart
    After too long a wait, Jackson Brodie is back and in fine form. Last autumn, I attended a packed reading given by Kate Atkinson and the auditorium filled with cheers when the author announced she had just that week finished a new Brody novel. Our excited expectations have been met--"Big Sky" crackles with Atkinson's trademark wit, labyrinthine plotting and characters that we either love, or love to hate. I've enjoyed everything Atkinson has ever ...
  • Lisa
    Somehow, in my mind, Jackson Brodie (this series’ protagonist) and Cormoran Strike (the PI of Silkworm etc.) get crossed and I have to concentrate for a minute to remember what events happened in which books. I’m not sure they’re all that similar to anyone else; besides being flawed British PIs who go about solving crimes and making me think in English slang (bugger, knackered, crisps), they might not be that much alike so I’ll reserve ju...
  • Mary Lins
    First of all, you do not have to have read the other Jackson Brodie novels (or have seen the TV show) to thoroughly enjoy “Big Sky”, by the inimitable Kate Atkinson. What put Atkinson at the top of my “Favorite Authors” list, is her writing skill. The way she tells a story simply flows seamlessly sweeping the reader away into her world. Her characters are vivid and interesting, and Brodie is a lovable cynic with a sarcastic wit and a heal...
  • Carol - Reading Writing and Riesling
    Now I want to read the rest of this series! This can be read as a stand-alone but deserves to be read in order - such great characters with intriguing narrative arcs.My View:Superbly plotted, complex in themes and design, mysterious and heart breaking, it was amazing to discover the intersection of characters’ lives, landscapes and crimes (committed against and by whom.) Past and present worlds collide in a mystery where valour and doing the ri...
  • Sid Nuncius
    I thoroughly enjoyed Big Sky. I confess that I struggle with much of Kate Atkinson’s work, but I love the Jackson Brodie series and this is possibly the best so far.Jackson is older, still working as an investigator and living on the Yorkshire coast. He becomes embroiled in a police investigation into present-day people smuggling and sex-slavery and another linked investigation into historical child abuse – the second of which features the sl...
  • Bridget
    Crikey, it was wonderful to be back with Jackson, it seems like such a long time that we've been apart! I've been hankering after his slightly miserable, macabrely funny and complicated life. Jackson never chooses the easy road where relationships are concerned. Comfortingly there are still all those women that I loved on the edges of his life, Julia who is just so intriguing, mother of his son who barely talks, given he is a teenager, this is so...
  • Maine Colonial
    I received a free digital publisher’s advance review copy of the book via Netgalley. However, on the day it is published my plan is to go to my local bookstore and buy it. It’s just so good I want to own it and be able to re-read it anytime.This is part of a crime fiction series, but you don’t need to read the prior books in the series before this one. This is called the Jackson Brodie series and he is certainly a character, but you wouldn...
  • Alena
    Hello there Jackson Brodie, so good to see you again.I have only ever read two detective series and Jackson Brodie was the first. I adore his dark, almost brooding nature; his unlucky nature; his innate heroism; and, most especially, his damaged psyche. I also appreciate Atkinson’s courage in submerging Brodie in the darkest, most disturbingly violent criminals - in this case, horrific underage sex rings and human trafficking.I went into this b...
  • Donna Hines
    What tangled webs of lies would you like to take part in today?Jackson is a man set out to save the world taking out sexual predators one by one in the sex trafficking trade.It's dark, it's grizzly, it's a rewarding career...Each chapter is told from various viewpoints, each with past and present crimes of passion, each with tangled webs of lies/deceit/trickery .Tangents and after thought fill the pages allowing readers to feel the back and forth...
  • Chris Pavone
    Kate Atkinson is one of those very rare writers who's a master at absolutely every aspect of the novel—character and plot and voice and language and themes and humor and dialogue and on and on. I love everything about BIG SKY, a giant mosaic of people and stories that fit perfectly together in a complex, beautiful pattern, offering tremendous reading pleasure on every single page.
  • Dorothy
    Kate Atkinson published the last of her Jackson Brodie novels, Started Early, Took My Dog, in 2010, but somehow I did not discover them until 2013. When I did, I read and reviewed all four, starting with the first, Case Histories, over a two month period. I thought they were all brilliant and I was eager for the next one in the series to be published. But it didn't happen. Instead, Atkinson produced two other brilliant but unrelated literary nove...