1950. A teenage girl is brutally murdered in a forest. But, somehow her baby survives.
1976. A mysterious and charming young man returns to the remote coastal village of Mulderrig, seeking answers about a mother who, it was said, had abandoned him on the steps of a Dublin orphanage.
With the help of its oldest and most eccentric inhabitant, he will force the village to give up its ghosts. Nothing, not even the dead, can stay buried forever.
I’m not going to lie, when I first started reading Himself by Jess Kidd I didn’t think I was going to like it. The blurb on the back sounded good and I was intrigued by the mystery of the story. But at first I wasn’t so sold on the characters and the way the author was telling the story.
For example the main character Mahony is supposed to be good-looking and charming, someone all the girls fall for, but the author also describes him as unwashed and scratching his arse.
This happens with most of the characters, they come across quite weird but as I kept reading I realised it all fits into the story of this strange little town and its secrets.
I did keep going (as I don’t like to stop reading once I have started a book) and then I realised I had change my mind about a hundred pages in, I was starting to like it. The characters are interesting and the mystery intriguing. It has a supernatural thread running through the story. There are ghosts and murder and all manners of weird and wonderful things going on.
Its a dark story with interesting characters, who live in a very strange town.
It’s not really something I would normally read, I like to stay with the more romantic or fantasy genre but every now and then I like to try something new as you never know what you might find. I have given myself this challenge to read all the books I have acquired over the years, and there are definitely some books on my bookshelf that are not my usual read as I can be quite an impulsive buyer. But as Himself proves, sometimes its good to step out of your comfort zone.
I’m glad I brought Himself and I’m glad I gave it ago because I actually quite liked it and it proves my point of trying something new.
Jess Kidd has an interesting way of writing and her characters are very down to earth and real if not a little weird. But it goes with the story and the world that she has created. Its supernatural thriller of course its going to be a little strange.
I was trying to guess the ending all the way through but I honestly didn’t quite get it right, Jess Kidd knows how to write a mystery that’s for sure.
As always this is just my opinion and I always encourage everyone to read/watch or listen to everything for yourself as we are all so wonderfully different.
So pick it up and have a read and let me know what you think or if you have already, let me know your thoughts.
My next read will be The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. Book 4 in my 12 months of reading challenge.