Reviewed: Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter

Monday, 15 August 2016

Ghostly Echoes | William Ritter | August 23rd, 2016
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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I really enjoy these Jackaby novels and I think the third installment, Ghostly Echoes, is my favourite of the series so far.

This time around we are finally focusing on ghost Jenny's death and why her fiance disappeared just before she was murdered. It's a mystery that has been ongoing since book one and it was exciting to be getting some answers at last.

Abigail is as wonderful as ever and it was interesting to see her left to her own devices for part of the story away from Jackaby. The only drawback to that being that there is slightly less of Jackaby than normal and I did miss his quirkiness at times. With that being said, I thoroughly enjoyed the direction that the story took this time around and appreciated the time taken to further explore the characters we've been following. Jenny's death is satisfactorily resolved, we learn more about Jackaby's history (which I really loved finding out about!) and there are still enough side characters to keep the story as entertaining as ever.

There is a really touching moment in the book with Jackaby and a transgender character and his unquestioning acceptance was a really beautiful touch: "I have great respect for the medical profession, Miss Rook,” he said soberly, “but it is not for doctors to tell us who we are."

Ghostly Echoes is a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining sequel with a good mystery, great development of plots and leaves us with a brilliant set-up for book four which I can't wait to read.

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