Book Review: Jackaby by William Ritter

Book Review: Jackaby by William RitterSummary

“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 the foul deeds are the work of the kind of creature whose very existence the local authorities–with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane–seem adamant to deny.”




So I kept seeing this book all over and I’m pretty sure I borrowed it from the library a while back, but never got to it. So at the library I grabbed it again and decided to read it first (as it was the shortest out of all the books I borrowed).

I finished it in about 4 hours. It was so catchy!

Honestly it was like Supernatural mixed with Sherlock…like two of my favorite things! So naturally I had to love it!

It kept the pages turning just because you were naturally curious as to what was going to happen, with the mystery but also about the relationship between Abigail and Jackaby. So I just kept reading and reading, and then we got to solving the mystery and I had to keep reading. So I read it in a few hours.

It wasn’t a long story so it wasn’t exactly difficult to read it quickly (only about 300 pages) but it was also gripping.

There wasn’t a lot of character development in this book but this is a series, so I’m going to have to pick up the other books later to find out what happens, but I have a lot of lists that I really want to read first, so this will have to wait.

Honestly though, with a lot of people talking about this book and seeming to really love it, I didn’t understand the hype so much. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed reading it but it wasn’t a book I would tell everyone that they have to read first. But of course, this is my personal opinion. It was different, and also not exactly the kind of book I generally read, genre wise.

Never the less, it was a decent read and if you have time, I would suggest checking it out.

For that, I will give it a 4/5 teacups!

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Happy Reading!

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Jackaby by William Ritter

  1. I read Jackaby about a month ago and I feel the same. It’s a fun, quick read and I want to read the next books but… there’s no pressing need to run out and get them. I’ve told people it’s good but it’s not one of the books I annoying people with by begging them to read it!

    • mylibrarycardworeout says:

      Yeah, I had the same feeling. People kept saying that it was a good read, but they didn’t rave about finishing the entire series. I just wanted to see what the first one was about. I’m curious where it will go but I’m not dying to find out currently!

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