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Book Club Friday: The House Of Silk...

Hey everyone

I am so happy to be linking up with Blonde...Undercover Blonde for this link up again this week! I've missed a couple of weeks because I've really not had time to read (I know, I know - I should make time!) due to the craziness of starting back to uni and getting back into the swing of actually studying after having the summer off :P 

 This week I'm sharing - The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

Synopsis (via Goodreads
It is November 1890 and London is gripped by a merciless winter. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are enjoying tea by the fire when an agitated gentleman arrives unannounced at 221b Baker Street. He begs Holmes for help, telling the unnerving story of a scar-faced man with piercing eyes who has stalked him in recent weeks.
Intrigued, Holmes and Watson find themselves swiftly drawn into a series of puzzling and sinister events, stretching from the gas-lit streets of London to the teeming criminal underworld of Boston and the mysterious 'House of Silk'...

My Thoughts
Ever since I read a selection of the classic Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle this past summer (read my Book Club Friday post on it here) I have become legit obsessed with Sherlock Holmes (I ended up watching the all of the BBC 'Sherlock' episodes in a day #sorryimnotsorry) and basically detective/crime novels in general (which is great seeing as I was getting a tad tired of the same genres of books - either chick lit or dystopian society-that seem to be everywhere at the moment!). Anyway I walked into the bookstore and my eyes immediately spotted the 'the new Sherlock Holmes novel' on the front of this books and before I had even read the blurb it was in my hands and I was on my to the till! 

I was initially quite apprehensive about reading this- only because the original stories were so clever I didn't think any other author could match Conan Doyle's writing style and amazing plots! But boy was I proved wrong! Horowitz did a perfect job of emulating the classic Holmes stories whilst still adding his own take on things - I particularly liked how he decided to add the Watson backstory to how he was re-telling these events - very clever! It honestly feels like you are reading another classic Holmes novel - the historical setting and language used is just spot on!

The plot itself honestly kept me guessing all the way through! There were two cases all linked up with each other and I didn't guess how they were connected until right at the very end - so engaging! As for the whole unravelling I can honestly say that I didn't expect that outcome at all

I really enjoyed the character development of Holmes too - you get to see a softer side to him which is always nice; if not he could have come across as a tad cold and unrelatable with this difficult and compromising case.

I'd definitely recommend this book even if you haven't read any other Sherlock Holmes books - it's amazing! 

Would you read this book? 
aHm xoxo