The House of Silk - Anthony Horowitz 5/5
I'm ever so sorry for neglecting the book reviews. I can't even remember the last time I wrote one! Woops :/ Anyway, I'm back with another! I've been reading a lot lately, but for me this book stood out against the rest.
I have been a Sherlock Holmes fan for as long as I can remember. I was the geek in school who, when Holmes was in our GCSE English syllabus, could answer every question immediately and correctly, and quickly earned the nickname of Sherlock from my wonderful teacher Mr Walters. And of course, as well as reading the novels and stories, the TV series with Jeremy Brett was always my favourite thing to watch of a weekend afternoon.
My love for Anthony Horowitz started when I was eleven years old, long after my love for Holmes began. I was a huge Bond fanatic, so my mum got me the Stormbreaker novel for Christmas. I was instantly hooked, and have read every Rider novel since. I cried after reading Scorpia Rising. Sad, eh.
So when I heard that Anthony Horowitz had written a new Holmes novel, commissioned by the Conan Doyle estate, I needed to read it. As soon as I read that first line, I was back in my Holmes haze, and with a relaxed sigh I couldn't put the book down as I turned page after page, my heart rising with each, and my soul completely content at the way Horowitz had kept to Conan Doyle's style and tone. Anthony Horowitz has, without a doubt, done Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes proud. To me it is perfect, and the storyline explains perfectly why the book has only just been released (of course, it is all fiction...but it makes sense when you're in that 'holmes haze').
I won't tell you what happens too much, as I don't want to spoil it for you at all, all I will say is this. The book starts out with Watson giving his reasons as to why it has waited over 100 years after he originally wrote it, to finally be published. He explains that this case uncovered something so terrible in English society, that the world was not ready for it during the 1800's. And after reading the novel, you realize how true this is. What Holmes and Watson uncover is something so terrible that in Victorian England, it would have destroyed society. Only now, in the 21st century, is it spoken about more openly and only now are people less afraid to condemn those in the higher echelons who do wrong and break the law. Now if that doesn't get you intrigued enough to read the book, I don't know what will ;)
Yes. There he is, with pipe in hand. He turns to me. He smiles.
"The game's afoot..."