BOOK REVIEW : A Study In Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
BY SULPHIA IQBAL
(3 out of 5 books)
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.
A Study in Charlotte is the first in a trilogy.
When I first saw this book on Epic Reads , I immediately knew that I’d have to get my hands on it. I love pretty much all things Sherlock. The stories. The BBC show ( though I only watched a few episodes ). The Funko Pops. Everything. When I see A Study In Charlotte, a book about two descendents of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson ( respectively ), I’m basically jumping up and down with glee. Any Sherlockian would love this book at first glance.
In this book, we are told that the stories in Adventures of Sherlock Holmes are, in fact, not stories at all, but rather a true, though not fully accurate, account of Sherlock’s cases by John Watson. Arthur Conan Doyle just happens to be their literary agent.
When James Watson meets Charlotte Holmes, the epitome of her ancestor Sherlock, there is an awkward and intense energy between them which had me really excited because I really wanted to know how these two could possibly work together.
One thing I loved about this book was the fact that Jamie narrates the book, just like his ancestor John Watson narrated Sherlock’s adventures. You can tell that clearly , at times, Charlotte can be a very confusing person to work with, and yet he puts up with it all, knowing that she was a Holmes. It’s in her blood.
For some reason, I didn’t really like Charlotte as a character. Maybe I had higher expectations. In the beginning, she seemed like the “ I’m so great and everyone around me are a bunch of buffoons” type . Nevertheless, later in the book you can see that she clearly carries more emotion than any of her family members. And yes, that’s a huge deal. Unfortunately, she also carries the horrible habits that Sherlock had as well, much to Jamie’s annoyance. She , of course, is naturally a great detective and shares a love for chemistry and the violin , like her great-great-great grandfather. In the end, she was ready to go to jail for something she didn’t do to save Jamie. I guess that says something.
The idea was great. The way it was played out? Eh.
The mystery was a great one. It was pretty hard trying to figure out the perpetrator. But it didn't seem perfect. The whole idea of a guy in their school, who Jamie had just happened to get into a fight with and the guy Charlotte despises, being murdered and then the two teenagers being framed for it was pretty exciting. But aside from that, it’s all pretty blant. I’d maybe go as far as to say that the story seemed to focus more on Jamie and Charlotte than the actual crime itself.
On the positive side, I really did like how each of Sherlock’s adventures were implemented in this crime. It was as if the author was letting only Sherlock fans in on a secret only they would understand. For example, when a student almost died at the school dance, they discovered a plastic gem stuffed down her throat, just like goose in The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle.
IN THE END
In the end, I guess it was a good quick read. It wasn’t the best book ,but it certainly wasn't the worst. I would totally give it a try.
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