I received this book for free from Bought in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Jackaby by William Ritter
Length: 7 hours and 21 minutes
Published by Algonquin Young Readers Pages: 299
Also by this author: Changeling
“Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion--and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”
Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary--including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police--with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane--deny.
Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.
Here is what I thought
Abigail Rook needs a job and when she meets R. F. Jackaby, she finds out that this new job she had acquired is going to be interesting. Abigail loves adventure so she doesn’t get discouraged when she finds out what exactly Jackaby does for a living. He is an investigator of sorts but not very well liked by the actual police. Jackaby has an ability to see otherworldly creatures and sometimes that is exactly the type of person they need on the job.
Their first case involves a series of deaths and the fact that this woman who wails for their deaths, she is a banshee and if you hear her cry you are the next to die. Abigail helps Jackaby on this quest to find a killer and her eyes are opened to a whole new world.
Abigail is a great character, she wanted adventure, because that is what her dad did but he wouldn’t take her with him. So she set out to have her own adventure and now she is in need of some money and almost any job will do. Jackaby needs an assistant and he sees something in Abigail that makes him give her a chance. She is very good at picking up details, something that is good in an investigation. Jackaby is an interesting character and a little strange. I really liked him though and I also like the side characters, the ghost in his house and the duck (he use to be human, you just have to read and find out what happened…lol)
Jackaby was a fun read, I was needing a fun read and this just really hit the spot. I don’t know why I didn’t try it earlier as I have had this audio sitting in my audible library for a while now.
If you haven’t read it, grab it now! 🙂
Recommend if you like
Historical mysteries, paranormal creatures, books with a bit of a Holmes type feel and just fun reads.
Nicola Barber is a new to me narrator and she does a good job, but there was one thing that really annoyed me and was how she always pronounced Rook, there was a heavy emphasis on the K. Other than that she was great.d
Audio rating: 3.5
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