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Review: Jackaby

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Author:William Ritter

Series:Book 1

Rating★ ★ ★  


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.

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Jackaby was a bit strange and unpredictable. He was really the life of the book because he always kept things interesting.

Abigail was very open-minded and adjusted easily to the strange situations she tended to end up in when she was with Jackaby.

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“I have ceased concerning myself with how things look to others, Abigail Rook. I suggest you do the same. In my experience, others are generally wrong.”

This book was actually recommended to me by my good friend, Darque Dreamer Reads so go check out her review too!

Honestly, I couldn’t have asked for a better book. The characters were really colorful and jumped off the page. I breezed through this book because I was having so much fun with it. The only disappointment was that it ended and I needed to get my hands on the next book haha.

The main character, Jackaby is a little eccentric and kind of peculiar. He tends to look at things differently from other people and often times it had me laughing out loud. His unpredictable nature had me waiting for the next great moment with him. I liked that about Jackaby because it kept me on my toes and made the book more interesting.

Then there was his assistant Abigail. I wanted to give her props for being able to keep up with his special brand of crazy. She was quick-witted and adapted easily to the circumstances (mostly those Jackaby created). She was fairly observant and I think her character had the potential to be really great. I’m definitely interested in seeing how she continues to develop throughout the series.

“Monsters are easy, Miss Rook. They’re monsters. But a monster in a suit? That’s basically just a wicked man, and a wicked man is a more dangerous thing by far.” 

I could go on and on about the characters because there were certainly other interesting players in this book, but I want to move onto the next aspect that appealed to me. As you could probably gather from my last Top Ten Tuesday post, I’m really into crime shows. That being said, I liked the supernatural mystery/crime/thriller element to the book. It really pulled me in and appealed to me because it almost felt like a cheesy blend of Scooby Doo and Supernatural. It had all the comedy and charm of Scooby Doo, and the monster hunting and lore of Supernatural. For me, this was a perfect blend.

I did feel, however, like the progress on solving the mystery went a bit slow at first. Things certainly came together in the end (as they tend to do) and I loved the last bit of the book with the letter Jackaby had dictated to Abigail. I know this review is a bit slow, but it’s hard to review this book in detail without spoiling all the good bits. Honestly, I don’t think a book has made me laugh this much in a while (probably not since Reincarnation Blues. I recommend giving this book a try. I think it’d be very hard not to enjoy this book and I’m looking forward to continuing the series.

P.S. I highly recommend the audiobooks because it just makes everything 10 times more entertaining.




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