Jackaby by William Ritter
Date Read: September 16th 2014
“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.
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Series: Jackaby #1
Today on Geeky Bloggers Book Blog you get a Review by Lauren: You can find her on Facebook and her Blog. Thank you Lauren for sharing Jackaby with my readers. Dr Who and Sherlock Holmes type of book sounds awesome!
Ok, so the basic premise of this book is: a young woman by the name of Abigail Rook who, after landing in New England from a trip throughout Eastern Europe, winds up as an investigative assistant to the detective of the unexplainable R. F. Jackaby. Right from the start she finds herself involved in a case where there’s more than meets the eye and the serial killer behind the crimes is not who everyone thinks is doing the dirty deed.
I really enjoyed this book because it’s a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Who. The story line was unique and it held my interest throughout the story. I loved how the characters interacted with each other. I found that I couldn’t put the book down for the life of me! I almost never read any sort of detective or mystery novel, but I got to say, this book is definitely the exception to that rule.