I love the cover of this novel! They colouring is just lovely, and it's so eerie looking. That said, I kind of feel like it doesn't exactly suit the book... Moving on.
This book was nothing too complicated, but it was still a fun read. Set in the fictional city of New Fiddleham, the novel follows Abigail as she attempts to find her way in an unfamiliar place- one that becomes even more unfamiliar once she manages to find a job. Supernatural creatures stalk the city, and she now works for Jackaby, one of the few people in the world that can see them for what they are. Though Abigail is blind to the world he sees, she has a gift for noticing the ordinary things others miss. Abigail was an enjoyable and interesting point of view to read from, if not a complex one. Her character and narration were overall straightforward. I would have liked to see more evidence of Abigail's aforementioned talent, and perhaps some cultivation of her understanding of the supernatural world around her.
The story itself was fast-paced and light- there were elements that felt like the perhaps ought to have been serious, but I just wasn't that absorbed. I enjoyed the supernatural element, though I would have liked to see more of the investigation, and perhaps more of the clues. So far, the world in this book hasn't been all that well defined, though there is a sequel. As I mentioned, it didn't really have the atmosphere that the cover portrays. In a lot of ways, this book felt like a series of snapshots of the investigation, rather than one flowing, cohesive story.
Overall, this book was a quick, easy read that more or less met my expectations, but didn't exceed them. The storytelling, characters, and plot felt fairly simple, but it was still enjoyable.