I was lucky enough to receive this book from Canongate and I honestly couldn’t wait to get reading! I was drawn in by the amazing cover …
‘Things In Jars’ By Jess Kidd
4 out of 5 stars
London, 1863. Bridie Devine, the finest female detective of her age, is taking on her toughest case yet. Reeling from her last job and with her reputation in tatters, a remarkable puzzle has come her way. Christabel Berwick has been kidnapped. But Christabel is no ordinary child. She is not supposed to exist. As Bridie fights to recover the stolen child she enters a world of fanatical anatomists, crooked surgeons and mercenary showmen. Anomalies are in fashion, curiosities are the thing, and fortunes are won and lost in the name of entertainment. The public love a spectacle and Christabel may well prove the most remarkable spectacle London has ever seen.
Set in 1863, Bridie is a force of unstoppable nature determined to cut through the crime, violence and disease of London in pursuit of the truth. Haunted by her inability to solve her last case and save the life of a child, Bridie is intent on restoring her reputation, taking on the case of an abducted child who Is like no other. With extraordinary abilities, Christabel attracts the attention of several amoral anatomy collectors whose purposes are far from humane. It is down to Bridie – and her group of oddball friends – to stop these men and save Christabel from a life as a circus attraction. Having such a strong and resilient female lead makes the book stand out from any other I have read. With themes covering ghosts, Irish folklore, science and the Victorian era, it originally felt like Kidd is juggling too many themes. BUT, once you get past the first few pages you soon get over this and the themes miraculously appear to work creating a quirky backdrop for a story that intrigues. I now want to read more of Jess Kidd’s books! Let me know in the comments what you thought of this book, or if you have read any of her others.
I recieved this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Canongate!