Big Sky Author:Kate Atkinson Jackson Brodie has relocated to a quiet seaside town, in the occasional company of his recalcitrant teenage son and an aging Labrador, both at the discretion of his ex-wife Julia. It's a picturesque village filled with vacationers and well-off locals, but there's something darker behind the scenes: a quietly, wildly successful business in human ... more »trafficking.
Jackson's current job, gathering proof of an unfaithful husband for his suspicious wife, would seem unrelated, but a chance encounter with a desperate man on a crumbling cliff leads him into a sinister network - and back across the path of his old friend Reggie, now a police detective with her own way of doing things. Old secrets and new lies intersect in this breathtaking novel by one of the most dazzling and surprising writers at work today.« less
This novel has a sprawling cast of characters and it takes quite a while to comprehend how they are related to one another. The plot gets tighter and tighter and even a bit amusing as you get near the end, so hang in there.
Atkinson has an amazing ability to show you the inner worlds of very diverse people, and I love that about her writing. In the first third of the novel, though, there were quite a lot of British in-references that I could not understand in the slightest.
Overall, a pleasing read. Maybe my second or third Jackson Brodie book (he is Atkinson's detective), and I would definitely try another!