- Series: Jackaby (Book 3)
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers (August 23, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1616205792
- ISBN-13: 978-1616205799
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.2 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ghostly Echoes: A Jackaby Novel Hardcover – August 23, 2016
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Gr 7 Up—Paranormal detective duo Abigail Rook and R.F. Jackaby are back again, this time with a more serious focus—to unearth the killer of their ghostly landlord, Jenny, and find out what actually became of her missing fiancé, Howard. As the unlikely pair begin to uncover more evidence about the murder, they realize that the circumstances around Jenny's death 10 years ago are still very much relevant to the present. Implicating the mayor and other well-known scientists, Rook and Jackaby's discoveries show that Jenny's death is a small cog in the wheel of a nefarious plan, one involving the Dire Council, which is intent on harnessing magical powers. Decidedly more serious than the previous installment, Beastly Bones, this novel features a fairly somber Jackaby and increasingly mature Rook. Many questions are still unanswered at the end (Is Jackaby still up for this line of work? Will he and Rook stop the malevolent Dire Council before its evil plan comes to fruition?), thus opening up the possibility of another book in the series. VERDICT Recommended for fans of Jonathan Stroud's The Screaming Staircase and Jonathan Auxier's The Night Gardener.—Amanda C. Buschmann, Atascocita Middle School, Humble, TX
“Energetic and entertainingly offbeat.” –Kirkus Reviews
“This story has everything covered in its mashup of romance, mystery, adventure, horror creatures, fantasy lore, and gothic atmosphere….All readers will not be able to put it down.” –VOYA
“Recommended for fans of Jonathan Stroud’s The Screaming Staircase and Jonathan Auxier’s The Night Gardener.” –School Library Journal
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Yes Jenny Cavanaugh was not playing with these hoes. And the pettiness inside of me is here for it. This time around Jackaby and the gang are on the case for one of their own. The lovable and affable Jenny Cavanaugh. The “ghostly lady” of 926 Augur Lane. A decade ago she was murdered in a grisly and horrific manner and now she’s ready to confront her demons and find out who did the deed and why.
For those who have been with Jackaby from the beginning, you can appreciate Author William Ritter’s, care and dedication to making memorable and endearing characters.
Jackaby—The quirky Sherlock Holmes/ Paranormal detective.
Abigail Rooks—The witty and strong-willed assistant
Jenny Cavanaugh—The confidant and bringer of peace.
Simply put—the dream team. With each installment in the series, the more you get attached to the characters. The more you wish the series will continue. The more you wish you can apply for a position and be a part of this amazing cast. Seriously, Jackaby, are you hiring?
All joking aside I think Ghostly Echoes has to be my favorite. I just love the development and growth of Jenny. You get to see her backstory and history, while your heartbreaks at the senseless death that was set upon her. I won’t spoil anything for you but Mrs. Cavanaugh is one tough ghost whose, bad side you don’t want to cross.
With plenty of bad guys and a riveting mysterious, Ghostly Echoes is a fast paced read with a satisfying end that leads me to believe this is not the end to this delightful series. A series that I feel is underappreciated in the YA community. A series that I want everyone to jump on board and read.
Get swept away like I did and help me figure out what the R.F. stands for. Rick Frost is a no go lol.
*I received an copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Also I won a copy via Goodreads.
I am loving this series. It is a perfect merger of Buffy, Sherlock, and Supernatural. I especially liked this book in the series as it focused a lot on Jenny, who is one of my favorite characters. She is finally ready to figure out who murdered her and what happened to her fiancé ten years ago. But the case is not easy, and sends Abigail into the underworld – which is awesome as it brings in some mythology into this already awesome series.
While I love a lot of things about this book, and this series, one of the things that falls a little short is the setting. Because this is very Sherlockian in nature, I always feel like it is set in England rather than New England. There should be a little more done to distinguish that this is America not England, in my opinion.
Overall, Ritter is able to perfectly blend together supernatural, mythical, and mystery. The characters continue to grow from book to book. The overarching plot has come to a head in this book, and is obviously going to be finished in the next and last book in the series. I wish there was going to be more adventures, mysteries, and cases after the fourth book, but I understand that good things do have to come to an end sometime.
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GHOSTLY ECHOES is my third Jackaby read and my favorite thus far. The first book I found a little uneven and awkward, but there was something about...Read more