Release Date: September 16, 2014
Format: MP3 Audio
Pages: 299 (Hardcover) / Audio Length: Approx 7.5 hours
Narrator: Nicola Barber
Genre: YA Mystery, Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Review Date: May 3, 2016
Rating: 4 bookmarks
Synopsis: 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.
Jackaby, and the other characters in the story.
The plot is simple overall, I essentially wasn't surprised with who the killer was. I feel that the story didn't have a lot of twists and turns and the action was minimal. It wasn't boring by any means, it just wasn't action packed either. It's almost what I would expect for a book taking place in this time period. It did indeed feel a little "Sherlock" at times and it was a fun to experience a "Sherlock" feeling mystery paired with paranormal elements. Very unique.
I listen to this on audiobook and I feel that the narrator, Nicole Barber, did an amazing job I definitely feel like that narrator read for Abigail and Jackaby and Charlie and many other characters in an excellently. The narration really elevated the story for me.
I initially rated this book three bookmarks, but after discussing it with the group, I actually liked it even more. Jackaby and Abigail are such unique and different characters, I had to boost the rating. I'm looking forward to listening to the Beastly Bones, and I expect another paranormal mystery. Have you read Jackaby? If so, please tell me what you thought of it.
Happy Reading & Listening,