Review : Jackaby by William Ritter

“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”

Well, that is a good way to describe this book. Yes, i can easily see how this description is right, but even if i LOVE both of these shows, i really didn’t LOVE Jackaby.

Don’t get me wrong. i didn’t hate the book, but i did have a couple of issues with it. Mostly, i felt like i was reading some kind of fan-fiction. It had that feeling to it, maybe it’s because it’s really similar to these two shows making it almost impossible to not compare them. the story itself is unoriginal and obvious. I knew pretty much from the start who was the killer, making the whole mystery uninteresting. Jackaby is overall a great character, but he doesn’t have anything new about him. he’s pretty much a less fun version of Sherlock Holmes. Abigail Rook was very dull. Her voice is flat. i also find it very weird that someone like her would believe Jackaby and all his supernatural talk that fast. she doesn’t doubt him, even if she is not a believer of the supernatural at the begining. The world is pretty interesting, i do wish it was a bit more develop, but it was still pretty enjoyable. The writing is good and simple.

Jackaby was not a bad book, I just had a hard time really getting into it. I don’t think I will be readinh the next book in the series.

Jackaby : 3/5


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