I received this book for free from Algonquin Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Also by this author: Jackaby, Beastly Bones
Published by Algonquin Young Readers on August 23rd 2016
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: Algonquin Young Readers
Jenny Cavanaugh, the ghostly lady of 926 Augur Lane, has enlisted the investigative services of her fellow residents to solve a decade-old murder—her own. Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, Detective R. F. Jackaby, dive into the cold case, starting with a search for Jenny’s fiancé, who went missing the night she died. But when a new, gruesome murder closely mirrors the events of ten years prior, Abigail and Jackaby realize that Jenny’s case isn’t so cold after all, and her killer may be far more dangerous than they suspected.Amazon •
Fantasy and folklore mix with mad science as Abigail’s race to unravel the mystery leads her across the cold cobblestones of nineteenth-century New England, down to the mythical underworld, and deep into her colleagues’ grim histories to battle the most deadly foe she has ever faced.
Mature-Content Rating: Violence, Mild Language
“I was officially living out the pages of the penny dreadfuls I used to hide under my mattress from my mother. The heroes in those battered novels, I could not help but recall with a knot in my throat, did not always make it to the final page.”
Ghostly Echoes is the third installment of the Jackaby series, and it doesn’t seem to be losing any of its charm.
As the title suggests this installment focuses more on our ghostly resident, Jenny, and what brought about her untimely demise. Jenny and Abigail’s characters have grown marvelously since first meeting in Jackaby, and this story gives a great view of the bond and friendship they have formed over their time together.
Detectives are usually hard to read or understand and Jackaby is no exception to that case, but in this installment the reader is allowed a glimpse of the man behind the name of R.F.Jackaby. Being a big mystery all on his own, the author giving a glimpse into Jackaby’s past and more of his present self made his character more relatable and gave new meanings to a few of his actions.
Abigail and Jackaby’s relationship has been my favorite since picking up the first book. Too close to be employer/employee, but not at all romantic- it seems like Jackaby could almost be a friend of Abigail’s older brother. He’s caring in his own way, but always leaves the ultimate decision up to Abigail- she is smart and can think for herself, after all.
The plot, as stated, follows the murder of our resident ghost, Jenny, which is also tied to more recent murders and a dark plot decades in the making. Science is mixing with magic, folklore coming out of the woodworks, ghosts (of course), and our favorite characters are stuck right in the thick of it all without a clear clue on who is really pulling the strings.
As in all the previous books, it’s always interesting and fun not only trying to figure out the mystery of who, what, where, and why, but also the what; as in what kind of paranormal being is behind it all. Ghostly Echoes leaves the reader with one big mystery, and one big WHAT to figure out before the next installment is released.
Thanks to the generous publicists from Algonquin Young Readers, I’m able to offer a giveaway of a paperback copy of the second installment of the Jackaby series; Beastly Bones. This giveaway is open to anyone in the continental US and is either 14 years of age and up or have parent/guardian permission to enter. As always winners will be notified by e-mail and given 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.
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