... by Kate Atkinson
What did Kate Atkinson do with this novel?
Well, she made me fall in love with her hero, Jackson Brodie. (But maybe I'm a bit susceptible at the moment.)
She made me cry. You'll have to read Chapter 49 to find out how.
She made me want to give up writing. How can I ever hope to write as well as this ...
'Martin looked in horror at the glass of orange liquid that Paul Bradley came back with but felt obliged to say 'Thanks', and take a drink. He was sure there were cells in his liver that were committing suicide rather than deal with Scotland's two national drinks together in one vile cocktail.'
'They said love made you strong but in Louise's opinion it made you weak. It corkscrewed into your heart and you couldn't get it out again, not without ripping your heart to pieces.'
She made me wonder for a brief time why she wasn't writing another novel just like 'Behind The Scenes At The Museum'. Until I realised that she wasn't because she couldn't, because she's moved on and this is so much better.
And talking of writers I admire, Today sees the launch of the paperback edition of In Search of Adam by the totally lovely Caroline Smailes. So if you haven't already , pop by Caroline's blog and say hi - and go and buy yourself a copy of ISoA.
(and Pacha, I know you won't be reading this, but 'hi' anyway x)