Well, they say, we should not judge a book by its cover. I did in this case, sorry to say. But I was rewarded for doing so! This is a story like no other that I read in a very long time. And it is written by a Canadian, internationally bestselling author of Case Histories!
Jackson Brodie, a detective, has relocated to a quiet sea village in North Yorkshire. He is in the occasional company of his recalcitrant teenage son and an ageing Labrador, both of which was at the discretion of his ex-partner Julia. Its a picturesque place, but there’s something darker lurking behind the scenes that anyone can ever imagine.
Jackson’s current job, gathering proof of an unfaithful husband for a suspicious wife, seems straightforward enough. But a chance encounter with a desperate man on a crumbling cliff leads him across a sinister network, and back into the path of someone from his past that he would perhaps not want to encounter again.
In the process, old secrets and new lies intersect in this breathtaking new novel, both sharply funny and very sad by one of the most dazzling and surprising writers at work today.
The prose in this story is breathtaking. I love great writing, and this folks is as great as it gets. She is such a perceptive writer, and this shines through in every page of her story.
I loved tis book, and love to round out my large reading pile with this one. One to the next batch…