I received this book for free from BEA - Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Jackaby (Jackaby, #1) by William Ritter
Published by Algonquin Young Readers on September 16th 2014
Source: BEA - Book Expo
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“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.
Someone hit me because I don’t know why I waited so long to read this book. I had a feeling I would like it but I didn’t realize HOW much I would like it. Pretty much the first paragraph I was completely hooked. I was often reminded while reading this book of another book/series that I love, Lockwood & Company. This had that same vibe and I loved it. I plan to read the next one soon.
Abigail Rook is looking for adventure, set in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892 she meets the oddly intriguing R.F. Jackaby. It wasn’t a meeting of chance she saw a sign on a board for an investigator looking for an assistant but Jackaby is a little…different when it comes to investigating and he isn’t sure that Abigail will work. Abigail is able to hold her own and she is given the job and takes a room in his manor that has a few friends. Abigail and Jackaby are in search of a serial killer can they find him before he finds them?
I loved this story, I loved the characters, I just loved everything about it. I don’t think I was expecting the paranormal type twist but I really thought it was done very well. Yes, I am aware of the synopsis stating supernatural but they way it is done in the book, I wasn’t expecting that.
I really liked Abigail and thought she was a great MC for this book. She was strong headed and independent and I enjoyed her interactions with Jackaby. Jackaby was a little strange but I enjoyed his quarks and strange ways of doing things, I suggest not asking him to make you breakfast. This book had lots of twists and a bunch of humor that I really enjoyed.
I cannot recommend this book enough. I really wish I didn’t wait so long to read it but I am totally looking forward to reading the next one. This book is really great for all ages, a wonderful story with really great characters.This book is really great for all ages, a wonderful story with really great characters. Click To Tweet
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