Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Book Review - Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson

 Started Early, Took My Dog is a very weird, slightly annoying book.  I am not recommending it. I am saving you from seeing the author's name and thinking, "Oh her writing is so good. I'll pick this one."

Indeed, I was at our library's book sale, perusing titles, and saw Kate Atkinson's name. "Why yes, this will be worth a dollar."  Um, nah. 

Atkinson's writing is really good and she kept me turning pages because I wanted to know what the heck was going on.  Tracy Waterhouse, a security guard, makes a crazy mad purchase. Tilly, an elderly actress on the brink of her own disaster, is a witness. Jackson Brodie, a detective, finds people. 

cover blurb Variously accompanied, pursued, or haunted by neglected dogs, unwanted children, and keepers of dark secrets, soon all three will learn that the past is never history - and that no good deed goes unpunished. 

Sounds intriguing?  Nah - just confusing and I didn't really like these people. That's a problem. 

Sorry, Kate - you might be a brilliant writer, but this was in the bargain bin for a reason. 


  1. You written an honest opinion Joanne, that's to be reccomended. Made intriging reading.
    Have a good day.


  2. Well that stinks. You didn't even get your dollar's worth. Sorry, Joanne, but I appreciate the warning. May the next bargain deal be much more worthy of you.

    1. oh, I bought other books that day and they were worth the coin. Plus it helps the library.