It’s not this book wasn’t good but it just wasn’t amazing. It was just an eh book for me but I did enjoy reading it. I think I might pick up the next book in the trilogy (edit: I have in fact picked it up) but that might not actually happen because of how many books I want to read.
I also include some small trigger warnings towards the end of the review because I wasn’t exactly prepared for it to come up.
The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.
From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.
This book was definitely a more juvenile version of Sherlock Holmes but I think it was interesting to read and the mystery was engaging. I didn’t really know who was going to end up being the killer and was pleasantly surprised when they were finally revealed. I don’t have a lot to say about this book because it was such a quick read.
I did enjoy reading about the main character and Charlotte Holmes but the whole aspect of the Holmes family forcing things onto their kids felt off to me. Jamie’s family, on the other hand, didn’t really embrace the Watson lifestyle in the sense that they excepted the family to be brilliant writers. In the beginning, the relationship between Jamie and Charlotte seemed kind of forced but after a while, it became more natural, much like Sherlock and John.
I would recommend this book to fans of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson but I will say that do not expect the book to be as complex or intriguing as the original stories. I mean that might be a given but I thought I’d still mention it. I think this book would be great for anyone who loves young adult and doesn’t mind reading about some sometimes irrational teenagers.
Slight trigger warning though: this book does mention rape in passing. It doesn’t go into graphic detail but it does come up more than once.