During the 1800’s in dreary London, a female investigator/doctor’s assistant and a ghost only she (and animals) can see, try to solve the mystery of a kidnapping of a strange child whose origin is unknown.
Birdie Devine is called into service to locate a child, Christabel Berwick, the secret child of Edmund Berwick. Having just come off a case where she was unable to save the child she was looking for, and having just run into a ghost, Rudy, who says they have met in the past but refuses to tell her how they know each other, she is hesitant to take the case.
But she does decide to look for the kidnapped child, and through a series of (mis)adventures begins to put the pieces of the puzzle together as to what happened to Christabel.
Throughout the story, we get glimpses of Birdie’s past. As an orphan, she was sold from one person to another, ending up in the family of a doctor. Although life was good and she learned much as his assistant, some family members and staff had cruel intentions.
As Birdie moves around London with her band of merry, quirky, characters, her maid Cora with a beard, Rudy her ghost and other oddball circus types, she begins to uncover what exactly happened to Christabel and perhaps more important, where she came from.
In the spirit of Diane Setterfield and her novel Once Upon a River, Kidd creates a world of real life intrigue with creative fantasy and imagination. She explores human’s flaws and shortcomings and how people treat others who are different from them. The story is filled with mystery and imagination and incredible plot twists.
Thank you #NetGalley #AtriaBooks #ThingsinJars #JessKid for the advanced copy.