I’ve actually not read any books in Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie series. Which was a little worrying cos I hate entering series part-way through… and I’ve moaned about that before, so won’t go into it again. Thankfully it wasn’t an issue here as I was able to play along at home without having missed too much context.
I don’t tend to read historical fiction unless it’s intermingled with the present, so this book didn’t jump out at me when it arrived (despite the Australian edition’s beautiful cover). However, I decided I’d give it a go as there was something about the blurb that made me think about Agatha Christie’s A Caribbean Mystery, Evil Under the Sun or The Mystery of the Blue Train.
Fatal Inheritance by Tammy Cohen (writing as Rachel Rhys) wasn’t really a hardcore whodunit requiring a Belgian detective or woolly but whip-smart spinster however. Instead it’s an intriguing story with delightful characters and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it.
I had the opportunity to read The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins much earlier than its release here in Australia. Although I enjoyed the book and quite liked our heavy-drinking dog-with-a-bone protagonist Rachel, I was surprised by the book’s success. But then again I said the same about Gone Girl, so that possibly says something about my taste…
Both to me had rather unsatisfying endings. I don’t mind a bit of ambiguity or a last-minute twist but I think there’s usually some expectation of justice. Or karma. Or something.