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Monday, February 13, 2017

Book Review: Himself by Jess Kidd

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Atria Books, via Netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.

And now another fine tale to add to your March reading list!

himself cover


Having been abandoned on the steps of an orphanage as an infant, lovable car thief and Dublin charmer Mahony assumed all his life that his mother had simply given him up. But when he receives an anonymous note suggesting that foul play may have led to his mother’s disappearance, he sees only one option: to return to the rural Irish village where he was born and find out what really happened twenty-six years ago.

From the moment he sets foot in Mulderrig, Mahony’s presence turns the village upside down. His uncannily familiar face and outsider ways cause a stir among the locals, who receive him with a mixture of excitement (the women), curiosity (the men), and suspicion (the pious).

Determined to uncover the truth about what happened to his mother, Mahony solicits the help of brash anarchist and retired theater actress Mrs. Cauley. This improbable duo concocts an ingenious plan to get the town talking about the day Mahony's mother disappeared and are aided and abetted by a cast of eccentric characters, both living and dead.


This book seemed like a natural to be paired with the DVD I shared earlier today! Both deal with misconceptions and how the best of intentions can go horribly wrong!

Unlike what you might think of a traditional 'Irish' book, this book takes a bit to totally drawn you in, but once you are in, you'll find yourself turning pages greedily, trying to decipher what really happened to Mahoney's mother, and just as important, who is father really is. As the plot twists and turns with all the identity of a tornado, you realize that that is just how the villages feel- like the past has been ripped back into the present, by a force of nature they can't control. And then when nature DOES take over, is seems inevitable and right. All the Irish humor, dark wit and storytelling take over and you'll feel like you are there taking every breath with Mahoney and his tag team of detectives! And you'll find yourself entranced by the end of the book, not wanting to let the characters (well most of them) go, and wishing there was a second book, so you didn't have to imagine what comes to Mahoney next! Make sure this one is on your March reading list!

About the Author:

Jess Kidd has a PhD in Creative Writing from St. Mary’s University. She grew up as a part of a large family from Mayo and now lives in London with her daughter. This is her first novel. She is currently at work on a second novel and a collection of short stories.

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