**An ARC of this book was received in exchange for an honest review.**
Publication Date: September 15th, 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
In modern-day London, two brilliant high school students, one Sherlock Holmes and a Miss James “Mori” Moriarty, meet. A murder will bring them together. The truth very well might drive them apart.
Before they were mortal enemies, they were much more.
Finally, something to be excited about! I keep reading mediocre ARCs and was kind of getting downhearted about upcoming books… until this. Seriously. So good. Pre-order it now, people. I promise the publisher is in no way paying me to say this (although it would be nice if they were). This book was just that good.
This is a contemporary YA adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, where his nemesis, Moriarty, is a girl. And it happens before they’re nemeses. So there’s a romance. And it’s beautiful. I loved everything about their relationship; It’s nerdy-cute. And you see their connection and you respect it but there’s also a healthy amount of attraction and yumminess.
Throughout the book we’re in the head of Mori. I really liked this character; She wasn’t whiney, she was smart, she didn’t indulge in too much introspection, she acted when necessary and she saw things as they were, not as how she would like them. I appreciate that. She is a lonely, broken girl but has too much responsibility to let it bother her. I was immediately drawn to Mori, feeling sorry for her at the same time that I was impressed by her character. Mori was pretty awesome.
Sherlock, for being one of the main characters, felt very secondary. We only see him through Mori’s eyes so we don’t get to see his inner workings, which would have been fascinating, but we do get to see different views of him. He is well-rounded as a character but I felt distanced from him as a reader. That may have been Mori’s doing since she kind of holds everyone at arms length but I kind of wanted to know him better. And, if I’m being completely honest, he just didn’t seem as intelligent as he’s presented in the original books… or the BBC series. Smart, yes, but not crazy smart. Moriarty as well.
Since I went into this book knowing that Mori and Lock would one day be nemeses, I knew there had to be some kind of tragic ending. Something majorly bad had to happen. And it did. And I saw it coming. And I completely understood how everyone reacted and why the outcome was what it was. It made for a really good story. The American in me kind of wanted a happy ending but this book delivers a tragic one. And it works. And I can’t wait to read the rest of the series… which won’t come out for a few years. Lame.
So if you’re into Sherlock-Holmes-style stories with murder mysteries and tragedy but with teenagers and a nice romance: READ THIS!!! It’s pretty awesome.
Sexual Content: Moderate