It took me a long time to get to this book. I saw a review of Jackby, somewhere on the interwebs, and knew I had to buy it instantly. Then I didn't know there were more than one. I picked up a copy and devoured it, then bought books two and three. Book three it currently sitting on my shelf, ready to be read next.
I've found very little about private detective R. F. Jackaby to be standard in the time I've known him. Working as his assistant tends to call for a somewhat flexible relationship with reality . . .
In 1892, New Fiddleham, New England, things are never quite what they seem, especially when Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, R. F. Jackaby, are called upon to investigate the supernatural. First, members of a particularly vicious species of shape-shifters disguise themselves as a litter of kittens. A day later, their owner is found murdered, with a single mysterious puncture wound to her neck. Then, in nearby Gad's Valley, dinosaur bones from a recent dig go missing, and an unidentifiable beast attacks animals and people, leaving their mangled bodies behind. Policeman Charlie Cane, exiled from New Fiddleham to the valley, calls on Abigail for help, and soon Abigail and Jackaby are on the hunt for a thief, a monster, and a murderer.
The book cover of this book is incredible. Just like the original but slightly different and I think it's amazing. The yellowy/gold colour really compliments the silhouette of the woman and I love that there is another image inside. The blurb was great at pulling me into the story.
I'm not going to lie, this book disappointed me greatly. I felt like I was forcing myself to read it, and willing it to end. Abigail and Jackby were as great as they ever are, but the story just didn't feel exciting.
The story itself did have a few twists I didn't expect, but mostly it fell short of the excitement and intrigue Jackby usually brings. I did enjoy the foreshadowing of Jenny's tale. I can't wait to find out more.
Although this story didn't make me swoon, I am looking forward to reading book three. Overall, this book is definitely a continuation of the story and worth a look at, as others may view the story differently.