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  • Storytelling with a magical voice

    You will be spellbound by the writing and captured by the lyrical voice of this Irish tale. A dark and magical experience.

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  • Different

    Himself is the first book by Jess Kidd so I wasn't sure what to expect. What I found was a book that is hard to quantify. This is a standalone with no cliffhanger. There is violence and magical influences including a lot of ghosts. The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat all of that info here. The author did a good job of explaining Mahony's background, why he came to the village, and eventually the story of his mother. There is a lot of history and secrets between characters in the storyline that keep you guessing what twists and turns will be revealed next. While overall the storyline was okay, I found it difficult to follow. The chapters kept going back and forth between the 1950s and 1970s. I had a hard time keeping track of all the characters in the village, and which ones were alive and which ones were the ghosts. I don't usually judge an author by just one book, and I won't with Jess Kidd. I just hope the next book is easier for me to follow the storyline. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and chose to review it for other readers.

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  • An Excellent Read

    What an fabulous story told to perfection. Lyrical dialogue and brilliant narration. The novel is absolutely hilarious one moment and horribly terrifying the next. I will definitely be reading everything Jess Kidd writes and re-reading this novel too in order to catch clues that I may have missed through the first reading. This is a brilliant novel and a debut novel to boot. Brava.

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  • Enticing

    Book had a slow start. When it picked up speed I had a hard time putting it down. Very enjoyable!

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  • Himself

    A strange ghostly story which while entertaining is not completely clear at its ending. Leaves some unanswered questions but still worth the read. Slow start but improves greatly.

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