The game continues in the second book of the Charlotte Holmes series. Catch up on my review of the first book, A Study in Charlotte, here!
The plot thickens in this book as it creates a platform for the rest of the series. It raises the stakes of danger and the stakes between Holmes and Watson’s relationship.
Their relationship is tense and shaded in a grey area. It hurts to watch Holmes and Watson try to figure it out, yet they continue to hurt each other. I’m very partial to Watson kind of boys because they are so sweet. However, Charlotte is my girl, and I feel for her as well.
Watching them fumble through their relationship, almost physically hurt me because I want them both to be happy, and I cannot pick a side. I really hope they figure it out. I know Sherlock and John eventually do, but as these books continuously prove to me, they are not simple recreations of our favorite sleuth stories.
Speaking of defying expectations, August Moriarty was not at all what I expected. He was kind and sad. That really freaked me out, to be honest. I was waiting for him to be evil. I’m still not sure if I think he’s actually dead, or if I think he’s gonna pop up and be the center of everything happening. I guess I’ll have to WAIT for the reveal.
I really hope the next book doesn’t hurt my heart as much, but overall, this book was still excellent, and I’m going to read the next one soon. I just need to give myself some time to get over my heartbreak.