My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I loved this book from the very first page. Abigail Rook, our intrepid young narrator, is my kind of girl. Having run away from the stodgy life of an academic in England and arrived in the United States in search of adventure, she finds work as an assistant to one R.F. Jackaby, investigator. Jackaby, it turns out, is not your standard, run of the mill investigator. He is a seer, a person who can see through the veil of illusion drawn over the supernatural elements of our world. Abigail has arrived just in time to become embroiled in the investigation of what appears to be a serial killer. Jackaby suspects, however, that the killer, who rips open the chests and necks of his victims and takes their blood, is not human, however, but rather some kind of supernatural monster.
Abigail, who is incredibly observant of the more mundane details of the world around her, makes an excellent counterpoint to Jackaby, who is so focused on the supernatural that he frequently misses the ordinary completely. They are joined by a former assistant turned waterfowl, and a beautiful ghost who lives in the house where Jackaby resides.
The tale is suspenseful and action packed, and the language is beautiful. I recommend this book to fans of Sherlock Holmes or just detective stories in general, and to anyone who just wants an exciting, compelling read.