Review: Things in Jars

Things in Jars





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.

Blending darkness and light, history and folklore, Things in Jars is a spellbinding Gothic mystery that collapses the boundary between fact and fairy tale to stunning effect and explores what it means to be human in inhumane times.

Rating: 3-stars


This novel, Things in Jars, had a unique book summary. It piqued my interest. However, this was a tough read. I simply could not get into the story nor into the characters’ lives. It was hard to read. It was not as entertaining as the book summary stated. I was disappointed. There’s this young child that the plot opens up with. She’s small, frail, and some man is trying to kill her. But he doesn’t succeed. Then, he notices something very unusual with the child. Her eyes changed color, she bite him and it was weird-the bite was not just a normal bite mark and then it changed again looking normal. A nurse had the girl chained and it was just bizarre. I was constantly thinking what in the world is happening here? It got weirder and more strange. I couldn’t connect. In fact, I got so lost, I stopped reading the book. The book also switched from one time period to another. Usually, I no problem with that, but this book…was not my cup of tea.

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