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One of THE best endings I've ever read...
Listening to the audio version of this was the best decision, I believe, as it made the surprises so much more surprising! It started off okay, and because of certain inconsistencies, at first I was a bit overwhelmed. However, as you get through the book, sooo many things make sense. Honestly, it was worth the five stars just for that.
Just a cracker of a story
No more clues from me you will have to take the clue rice reviewers words as truth
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Heavens! It takes a brave man to take up the pen and try to extend the Sherlock Holmes legend. However, Anthony Horrowitz is just such a man. He produces a fast-moving adventure with plenty of action and possibly slightly more gore than you'd expect, though never overly gratuitous in my view. The foundations of a Holmes novel are here of course with a mysterr to solve, dastardly villains the two leads in Detective Athelney Jones and Pinkerton agent Frederick Chase. They are obviously there to provide a similar chemistry to Holmes and Watson but they are treated not as mere imitations but as characters and back stories in their own right. The way that Athelney Jones a minor character from the original stories is worked into the plot is particularly well done.
All well and good but throughout the story there are continual hints that we are all missing something. I had all kinds of theories but the twist when it comes really does send a jolt through the senses and it's a genuine double take moment when it happens. I'll definitely say no more because to do so would be to risk ruining it. I'm sure it will divide opinion but there are some lengths taken to "reveal all" which helps.
The narration is very good and although not all accents were fully convincing to my ear the different characters were easy to distinguish and the drama maintained throughout.
In summary I felt this was a very fine effort and well worth a credit and the time spent. The big twist will most likely be the telling point for how most readers regard the book. I thought it was stunningly good and would highly recommend it!
18 of 19 people found this review helpful
I love Horowitz! This is such fun and as good as any Sherlock Holmes. Completely unexpected twist...
Also my pedant's ear, always on the lookout, only spotted a couple of tiny anachronisms in the language, nothing that spoiled the narrative.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
If you're a friend of Sherlock Holmes and this is certainly well worth three certainly one of the betterbooks about homes since the original. Sticking faithfully to the style of the Holmesian works I'm happy to say I was one of the people that guestsurprise twist to the novel but it was very well written
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Horowitz writes very well and I enjoyed both the character development and the integration with the body of Holmes "lore". I though the twist at the end a little clumsy, but not out of keeping with Horowitz's playful approach to his material.
I would read another Holmesian novel by Anthony Horowitz.