Things in Jars by Jess Kidd

How I Read It: Audiobook/Ebook

Dates Read: 2/5/20-2/25/20

How I Found It: Book of the Month

After almost a month, I finally finished this book. Set in the 1800s, this book follows Bridie as she tries to find a missing child who also happens to be a mermaid. For the record, maybe we should stop writing books about mermaids in the 1800s because both The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock and this book had to be some of the worst books I have read. Here’s the thing, I have already let you guys know that I am not a historical fiction type of girl. But even so, there needs to be a level of writing where you can actually understand what is happening. When I think back on what happened, I truly think the plot could have been okayish, but I found myself zoning out all the time while listening to it. After reading it in ebook form, I realized that an audiobook made the writing style worse, but it still was easily distractable.

Bridie gets called into a missing child case. She meets a ghost named Ruby who is from her past. And because why not, they start to fall for each other. As Bridie investigates the disappearance, she finds herself in a really dark situation involving kidnapping, murder, and robbery. Oh and we keep going back in time to when Bridie was a child because the guy that bought her when she was a kid (I know, right?) had a creepy son.

Has anyone else notice that I have gotten worse at writing synopses? I have only been doing this for a year, but I still think I was so much better when I first started. Did this turn into a therapy session? Maybe. Okay, I think that this book isn’t as bad as The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock, so I am going to give it 2 out of 5 stars, but I really recommend that if you do want to read it, you shouldn’t read it through an audiobook.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

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