Series: Jackaby #1
Published by Algonquin Young Readers, HighBridge on September 16, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 7 hours, 21 minutes
Narrator: Nicola Barber
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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.
JACKABY was SO MUCH FUN! This short but extremely well written book was a complete and utter delight. I couldn’t believe that I had waited to long to get around to it. Originally I had started reading it in print then things got away from me and I had set it aside. Honestly I’m glad I did because I decided to grab the audiobook instead, determined to read it. THE AUDIOBOOK IS EXCELLENT!
I wish all narration could be this good. Nicola Barber did the best voices! His voice for Jackaby was so fabulous I wanted to jump into the book and meet Jackaby. Plus the dialogue, well really Jackaby’s dialogue was top notch. He’s just a bit off, unusual, eccentric – whatever you want to call it. Jackaby is the kind of guy you want in your corner while at the same time you wonder if you’re going to catch whatever insanity he’s got. Course he’s really not insane – he just sees everything that we normal people can’t.
A bit about the story – it’s all told from Abigail Rook’s perspective. She is the young woman that becomes his assistant very early on in the book. Jackaby likes to elbow his way into assisting with solving crimes and the one that is featured here is a doozy. Action packed and loads of fun – I can’t recommend this book highly enough. I’m chomping at the bit for the next one to come out!