REVIEW: Jackaby (#1) by William Ritter

Jackaby (#1) by William Ritter
Published on September 16th, 2014 by Alongquin Young Readers
Hardcover; 299 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery
Avg. Goodreads Rating: 3.82
My 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. [Via Goodreads]

Abigail Rook has taken her education fund and run away from her parents when she finds herself in New Fiddleham, New England. She is quite in need of a job and longs for a sense of adventure. In her attempts to find employment she stumbles upon R.F. Jackaby, an investigator of sorts. He doesn’t hire her on the spot but instead gives her a chance to prove herself. During this almost 300 page mystery adventure, the Abigail and Jackaby are focused on solving a case of a newly arrived serial killer in the area.

really enjoyed this book! I wasn’t sure what to expect from it but it was billed as “Doctor Who meets Sherlock” so where could I go wrong with that. Throughout the entire book I imagined Jackaby having the mannerisms and personality of  the Eleventh Doctor with a bit of arrogance and frustration with others like the BBC’s version of Sherlock all coupled with the supernatural elements of, well, Supernatural. This book had me laughing out loud, seriously. But more than that, the mystery was enough to keep me intrigued and inspired me to keep reading. Although, I will say that toward the end of the book the focus on the romantic feelings between two characters was a little stronger than I would have liked, it didn’t detract from the story or make me lose interest.

I will just say that if this were ever made into a movie I would totally go see and, if the characterizations are like what I’ve imagined, I’d dive head first into the fandom! I can’t wait to see what comes next from William Ritter.

This is William Ritter’s first novel. Beastly Bones (Jackaby, #2) is expected to be released sometime later this year.


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