Life After Life: is the story of Ursula Todd, a woman whose life spans both world wars. Ursula dies being born, then is born again. Throughout her life, the pattern is repeated. Each time she dies, she is born again. With each new birth, we see a different possibility, not necessarily the best possibility, but a different one that allows her to avoid the death that occurred before. Like her literary self who cannot die and so is, in a sense detached from death, Ursula experiences the horrors of rape, of abuse and of war, yet remains strangely detached from one-on-one relationships. She exists solely to survive and to make choices.
Case Histories: On the surface, this book is about an unsolved murder, the disappearance of a little girl, and woman who murders her husband, spends time in jail, and reappears with another identity. The private detective, Jackson Brodie, who is investigating the first two cases, has his own painful past. All three cases become more complicated before they are finally solved, and surprising connections between the cases are revealed. It becomes less a whodunnit than a whydunnit.