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An amazing Sherlock-esque story with familiar yet different characters, an enticing plot, and giving me an intense craving for more, A Study in Charlotte deserves way more than the 5/5 stars that I’m about to give it.
The first thing that I absolutely loved was the fact that the main characters are descendants of the original Holmes and Watson! We are able to see little bits of the original duo in both Jamie and Charlotte, and while they are similar, they are also different in many ways.
Charlotte at the beginning seems a lot like Sherlock, but as the story goes on, her character begins to break the shell that she was taught to have since a young child, into a young woman who cares deeply for those important to her, and isn’t really all that stoic on the inside. Jamie has that similar “idk what you’re thinking Holmes but I don’t think that’s a great idea” thing like Watson, and like him, manages to keep their partner in check, but he has more of a reckless side to him that Watson never had.
What I really liked about their relationship was the fact that it was equally balanced since Charlotte often confided in Watson about his thoughts.
I loved the plot of the mystery, especially the twists at the end. I’m normally the type to guess at who was behind all the attacks, but I never could have guessed the outcome of this one. I loved the overall outcome of the story even if it was sort of an info dump at the end. It was purposeful so that they didn’t give away anything until the end. I felt it was done well.
I loved the pacing in this one. I just kept flipping and flipping the pages. I clearly remember how I was supposed to be doing a geography project, but instead I just kept speeding through it and was down in about 3 hours…. O.o The writing was so gripping and intriguing I just couldn’t stop. It’ll definitely have you wondering how it ends… until the end.
A Study in Charlotte was an absolutely amazing rendition of Sherlock and I can’t wait for the next ones in the trilogy to come out! Definitely pick it up if you are into Sherlock or mysteries with really cute teenagers!
Will you be reading A Study in Charlotte?