“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 might very well drive them apart.
Before they were mortal enemies, they were much more.
FACT: Someone has been mudered in London’s Regent’s Park. The police have no leads.
FACT: Miss James “Mori”Moriarty and Sherlock “Lock” Holmes shoudl be hitting the books on a school night. Instead, they are out crashing a crime scene.
FACT: Lock has challenged Mori to solve the case before he does. Challenge accepted.
FACT: Despite agreeing to Lock’s one rule — they must share every clue with each other — Mori is keeping secrets.
OBSERVATION: Sometimes you can’t trust the people closest to you with matters of the heart. And after this case, Mori may never trust Lock again.”
When I saw this book, I knew the author was gutsy. Sherlock’s fan base has without a doubt, exponentially increased in the past couple years (a la BBC) but the truth is, Sherlock is one of the most iconic fictional characters of all time. People write about him all the time, and each one tries to reinvent him as something more peculiar.
We’ve seen a sociopathic Sherlock, a drug addict Sherlock, We’ve seen him as a middle aged man, a young man, and in some cases, we even see Sherlock as a kid. We’ll even get to see him as an old man in Ian McKellen’s “Mr. Holmes.”
We’ve seen Watson evolve as well. We’ve seen him as a fuddy duddy sidekick, we’ve seen him as a soldier and we’ve seen Watson as a woman.
We’ve even seen Moriarty’s identity change.
In this series, we see Sherlock & Moriarty as a teenager, at first as enemies, then as friends. Given the critical reception of other daring changes to this iconic cast of characters, I was intrigued. Could heather really pull off two teenage geniuses of the opposite sex? Would they have chemistry, or would it seem like it’s trying to hard?
It totally worked.
Stay with me on this, at first, it totally wasn’t giving me good vibes. I thought it was wordy, and pretentious. I thought Mori was arrogant and had a superiority complex. But, after a third of the book had passed, the narrative changed. I can’t quite isolate why it changed, and why it changed so drastically (and smoothly,) but it was a totally different novel.
And this new novel, was AMAZING. Of course, there is mystery behind it, so I have to be careful that I don’t give away too much. Lock and Mori are both teens who struggle with their identities. They would never admit it, but if you read between the lines, you can see it. They know who they are, they know what they need to be. But I think both of them struggle with what they want to be.
I ended up loving the novel, because it drove home the idea, that a teenage can be extremely intelligent. It portrayed that even intelligent teens can struggle with the same problems and emotions that ordinary kids do. It showed that intelligent teens, don’t always come off as intelligent, and some times don’t do intelligent things.
The ending was dynamic. That last sentence was powerful, and perfectly worded. Ultimately, the middle and the end of the novel were strong enough, that I had no option other than giving it five stars. Seriously, way to go Heather!
Different versions seem to take Sherlock into the extremes. Either he’s drug addled and extremely emotional….or he’s detached and emotionless. But Lock & Mori portrays a Sherlock that guards himself from others, separates to protect himself. This Sherlock also has an incredibly tender heart. Something that in my heart, I know that a real Sherlock Holmes would have. This Lock is undeniably my favorite Sherlock to date. His passion, heart and intelligence are unmatched. Some things he did and said, just made my heart melt.
I recommend this to anyone that can stick through the little bit rough beginning. Especially to people that are uncaring about sticking to classical portrayals. I CAN’T WAIT to see what’s next for Lock & Mori (or Heather for that matter!) This one seriously ended up being one of my top 5 favs of 2015.
This ARC was provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review.