Things in Jars by Jess Kidd
Source: Library Book
Publisher: Canongate Books
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Publication Date: 2nd January 2020
Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):
“Bridie Devine—female detective extraordinaire—is confronted with the most baffling puzzle yet: the kidnapping of Christabel Berwick, secret daughter of Sir Edmund Athelstan Berwick, and a peculiar child whose reputed supernatural powers have captured the unwanted attention of collectors trading curiosities in this age of discovery.
Winding her way through the labyrinthine, sooty streets of Victorian London, Bridie won’t rest until she finds the young girl, even if it means unearthing a past that she’d rather keep buried. Luckily, her search is aided by an enchanting cast of characters, including a seven-foot tall housemaid; a melancholic, tattoo-covered ghost; and an avuncular apothecary. But secrets abound in this foggy underworld where spectacle is king and nothing is quite what it seems.”
My Thoughts & Review
So, this is another one of those books I picked up because I heard nothing but great things about, and also because I really liked the book cover.
While I really liked the atmospheric and descriptive way this story is told along with some of the interesting but strange characters I felt there was something missing.
Things in Jars started off very interesting and I was very intrigued and but as the book progressed I started losing interest. It started to get a little bit to wordy for me and by the end I found it quite hard work to finish.
Things In Jars had the potential to be a great book but sadly it just didn’t wow me, and ended up being just an ok-ish read. As I’m one of the few readers who didn’t love this book I would encourage readers to try this book out if you’re interested as you may just end up loving it.
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