4 out of 5 stars
I went into this with very little expectations. It seemed like it may be good but I honestly didn’t know any one who had already read it to give me an opinion. It jumped out at me while perusing my massive pile of books at home and I think I was just in the right mood for it. I can’t wait to pick up the sequel.
Abigail Rook is the daughter of an explorer. She grew up hearing fascinating tales of the world and is well educated however, a good British woman should be more concerned with marrying a man with a good job and fine pedigree. Or at least that’s what her parents kept telling her. They would allow her to go to university but afterward she was expected to live the boring life of a housewife.
Naturally, like any woman I find myself liking very much, she rebelled. She took her tuition money and started off her own grand adventure. However, it turned out not so grand and with barely any money left, she heads to America. She’ll take any job to keep a roof over her head (this could get ugly quick) and food in her stomach, but no one seems to be hiring. No one except one detective looking for an investigative assistant. A detective that who is known around town as incredibly strange.
To say that Mr. Jackaby is a bit odd, would be putting it mildly. Abigail has the curiosity of a cat with nine lives and a knack for noticing ordinary things the detective misses while he looks for the peculiar. She must prove her worth and help him stop a killer. A killer who appears to have some magical tricks up his or her sleeve.
Abigail Rook takes shit from no man or woman. If you try to tell her the correct or proper thing to do, she’ll do something rude in response. She’ll have none of your sexist bullshit and because of that, she earns her way to a top spot in my ‘favorite female characters’ category.