Book Review: Jackaby (A Jackaby Novel: Book 1)

9781616203535_zoomRating: 4/5 stars.

This was quite good, but very strange and weird. If you were expecting Sherlock Holmes, well you’ll probably be a bit disappointed. So if you can get over the weirdness and strangeness and how it’s not really like Sherlock Holmes, then I think you will really enjoy this.

Abigail Rook arrives in New Fiddleham, New England just about broke. On her search for a job she meets R.F. Jackaby, an investigator who is in need of an assistant. On their first case together they realize that there is a serial killer on the lose. With Jackaby’s keen “sight” to see supernatural beings, he believes that the killer may be more than just an ordinary man.

Instead of being this really smart guy R. F. Jackaby is a person who has this special “sight”. He can “see” things that normal people can’t. So he specializes in unexplainable phenomenons. Abigail Rook is an impulsive girl who ran away for college and her family to go digging up dinosaurs. Jackaby is so like Sherlock in his personality, but there are some differences too.. He talks to himself. He clothes are horrendous and mix matched and his hair is unruly. His house is just a wreck. Of course Rook is supposed to be like Dr. Watson. Rook is brave and willing to do much to get her way. But at times, she is afraid that she is making some unwise decisions (which maybe she is).

The plot thickened quickly. Actually, I think this book went a bit too fast and was a bit too short. I felt that it could’ve been drawn out a little more, but it was still great. That conclusion was amazing and terrifying. I wasn’t expecting it.

The world is so 1890s. I loved that it had such a historic feel to it. I was just swept up in that beautiful and classy world. Jackaby’s house was a separate world in itself. The ghost, the duck, and the room that shouldn’t even be possible was so intriguing. I can’t wait to see more of it all.

The murders were a bit descriptive and very bloody so this would probably be best for older teens to read. I don’t remember there being anything bad in this book except for maybe a litt bit of language. It was a great book.

This was a different book from what I’ve been reading lately, but I really enjoyed it and am excited to read the next one. Take time to read this strange and unusual book.

-G. Paige

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