This was another quick and easy read. It was only around 300 pages in length, and seemed to move through rather nicely.
I would definitely say it was refreshing. Great pacing, fun characters, really really enjoyable addition of old characters and the past coming into play, and a lot more.
We get a story driven by a team of our beloved Dr. Watson, his son, and the daughter, Joanna Blalock, of Irene Adler and Sherlock Holmes (a pair that takes her wit and power of deduction far beyond what we could imagine).
We also see a lot of other familiar faces.
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I thought about giving this book a 4.5-5, but there were a few things that held me back, and I think I should talk about them first and foremost.
The first issue was the use of twists and turns that kept it consistent and nice, but led to no BIG shake in the story. It kept course all the way through. And, while there were minor shocks and developments (and of course, Joanna coming to deductions that surprise us), there wasn't this big ending or surprise in there.
That being said, I want to emphasis the fact that the smaller twists and turns were A LOT of fun. Enough to make me say I will certainly be continuing the series.
Those twists and discoveries, in combination with the way Goldberg ties in the past (that of Sherlock's past, rather), is something I look forward to continuing to read.
The second small thing I didn't really love was the development of a love story within the book. The hints of it were fine, but the first actual interaction was very awkward and forced. This felt slightly continued throughout, getting better later on, but it was enough to make it feel misplaced in an overall great story.
While I'm making these complaints seem quite large, though, I'm still rating the book a 4 star read, and something I would definitely recommend. So, don't take these too seriously, and just know that they're the reason it didn't get a 5.
If you want to start a series that brings you back into the world of Sherlock Holmes, this is a great one to do it. We get characters from Holmes and Watson's journeys coming in consistently, and the past finding other ways to sneak back in and show itself.
And, even at these points, Goldberg does a really nice job of refreshing our memory of these pasts, while not being too forceful.
Definitely recommend giving it a read, and if you're following along with me, or just getting here, leave some comments with your thoughts.
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Overall extremely fun read. I absolutely loved the development of Joanna and Watson Jr. and really liked going through this initial adventure with Dr. Watson as well. The past was brought back in multiple times, and it was referenced there in a great way that I believe will continue to show itself throughout the series. There were a couple of awkward points and no really HUGE twists and turns, but it was overall incredibly fun and I will definitely be picking up book two.
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