Author: Anthony Horowitz
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Publish date: 1st November 2010
Anthony Horowitz, born in Middlesex, UK, is primarily a writer of children’s books and screenplays, most famously Foyle’s War and the adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Poirot.
Horowitz was chosen by the Conan Doyle Estate to write a new Sherlock Holmes novel. In my opinion, he has more than done it justice.
This book is one of my personal favourites. I have always found the stories of Sherlock Holmes riveting and this was no exception.
The book is written from the point of view of Dr Watson throughout, never letting you into the mind of the master detective himself.
The opening chapter grips you immediately when Watson unveils that Sherlock Holmes has passed away and he is now able to account what he describles as a story “too shocking to reveal until now”.
Horowitz has a wonderful talent for creating suspense, making this particular book almost impossible to put down. Whilst allowing the reader to build a vivid picture of the late 19th Century London setting in thier mind, all the action unfolds as two contrasting mysteries merge unexpectedly into one.
This incredible novel will keep you guessing as you read every word, but noone could predict the twist in Sherlock’s most shocking investigation yet.
With the structure of this book very similar to that of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Horowitz creates truly memorable characters whilst depicting every detail of brutal murders, chases and mind boggling escapes.
Overall, this book is a real suspense thriller well worth reading, whether you are a Sherlock Holmes fan or not. This is a story you will never forget.
My Rating: 5