Newly arrived in 1892 New England, Abigail Rook becomes assistant to R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with the ability to see supernatural beings, and she helps him delve into a case of serial murder which, Jackaby is convinced, is due to a nonhuman creature.
First off, I need to thank Mandy at Book Princess Reviews for recommending this book to me. If you haven’t already given her blog a follow then you totally should because she and Sha, the coblogger for Book Princess Reviews, are awesome. I loved Jackaby a lot, read on to find out why.
The characters were pretty cool. There was an air of mystery around most of them because they were not normal people. If they were even people (one was a temporary waterfowl). The main character wasn’t a special snowflake. She was ordinary. I loved that because, as most of you know, the special snowflake trope has been overused and no one likes it anymore.
My favorite character in this book was Douglas, the temporary waterfowl. It was really funny to be hearing about him because he can’t speak and he does some weird things sometimes. Douglas is also very helpful and very protective. After all, he proves that actions speak louder then words.
All of the characters were different. I really enjoyed learning about lesser known mythological creatures, like banshees. I loved reading about the characters, even the side characters. I did want a little bit more backstory on Jackaby though. Maybe that’ll come in the next book.
The plot was super intense. This book is a murder mystery so if you don’t like gruesome death scenes then this book is not for you. This book also had a lot of suspense. As in, there are a lot of things that left you in the dark until the end of the book. It was really well done. There are still some questions from me that need answers, but that is why this book is part of a series. I think that this book could have been a bit longer then it was. I also think that we should have heard a bit more about Jackaby. So most of my complaints will probably be solved in the next book. Enough of my ramblings, let’s move on.
The setting was very well done. I’m not sure if New Fiddleham exists but if it does I am pretty sure that I would know where somethings were. I also really enjoyed the pond (if you want to know what that’s about then you need to read the book). The setting was really descriptive and well written. The writing style was very good. This novel was very well written and fun. It was a great adventure – murder – mystery story. I enjoyed reading it a lot.
As you can probably see I really loved this book a lot. I highly recommend it. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!!! Have a Great Day!!!! -Annalee and Buttons