Jackson Brodie has relocated to a quiet seaside village, in the occasional company of his recalcitrant teenage son and an ageing Labrador, both at the discretion of his ex-partner Julia. It’s picturesque, but there’s something darker lurking behind the scenes.
Jackson’s current job, gathering proof of an unfaithful husband for his suspicious wife, is fairly standard-issue, 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. Old secrets and new lies intersect in this breathtaking novel by one of the most dazzling and surprising writers at work today.
“Big Sky is a fantastic gift to readers so soon after the wonderful Transcription. Jackson Brodie is back in his fifth novel (these can happily be read as stand-alones) with his doggedly unenthusiastic teenage son at his side in a picturesque seaside village. A gripping mystery unfolds, but what glued me to the page was Atkinson’s brilliant portrayal of the ageing hero and the fallacies of the male ego she weaves into her story. For me, anything Atkinson puts her pen to is mandatory reading.” – Ben Hunter, Booktopian Review