Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion–and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.
Abigail Rook has just arrived in New Fiddleham, New England in 1892. She ran away from home in search of an adventure, one that her father would never take her on but leave her at home to ponder what adventures he would be embarking on.
The day Abigail arrived, she meets R.F. Jackaby who is an investigator for the ‘unexplained’ and has a key eye for the extraordinary happenings….including the ability to see supernatural beings. Although Abigail only has the gift for noticing ordinary but important details, Jackaby hires her as his assistant and she could not be more excited!
The first day on the job brings the duo amidst 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.
This book has won the Newberry award for Young Adult. The story was interesting enough to make me want to continue on with the series. Although just having watched “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” I kept having the inkling that Jackaby might possibly be a relative to Newt!