Review - Kate Atkinson's Started Early Took My Dog
I read Kate Atkinson's When will there be good news and could not wait to finish it - all of one evening so my expectations were very high with this one! It started slowly and for me it was disconcerting as it seemed disjointed if that is an adequate description. It seemed bits of a jigsaw puzzle which I could not seem to fit at all.
It was after over 80 pages into the read that I got into the swing of it and began to enjoy the story. Though Jackson Brodie the sleuth in the book which is part of a series, it does not matter reading one of them as they seem to stand alone as each story is not connected at all to the other.
Without trying to give out very much of the book the story is set in several parts and in different time frames. Jackson comes out of retirement to find out the birth parents of Hope who is now settled in New Zealand happily, and is just mildly curious about her original family. In trying to uncover this story - the real story begins. We have unsolved murders, prostitution, corruption in the police to add spice to the story.
The other part of this story is that Yorkshire also had its fair share of serial killers. Although prostitutes were the main victims, several other girls also fell victim to this killer. What is the connection between Hope's story and the serial killer victims.
This was the complicated part and where the book gets complex and interesting at the same time. Apart from the actual crime, the people in the book are funny, absolutely down to earth and real and you can visualise each character as they play their part in the story. A very good read.