A month or two ago, I was lucky enough to win a goodreads giveaway and I received an ARC of this book! I decided to wait a little while to read it, as I wanted to read the Throne of Glass series first (which is one of my ultimate favorites now!). But, after the excitement of ToG, I forgot about it for several weeks... Yeah. I actually FORGOT about a book. But eventually, I saw it on my shelf and read it in less than a day! That was actually two or three weeks ago, but I realized that I never reviewed it, so here you go :)
ALSO: I've decided to link the goodreads page to the book title (down below) so you can click on that if you want to read the synopsis and any other details.
Book: A Study in Charlotte
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Release date: March 1st, 2016
Rating: 3/5 stars
Review: Despite my rating of 3 stars, this book was definitely better than the average mystery book. It was fast paced, well written, and very well planned out. Best of all, it was a modern Sherlock Holmes mystery, only it wasn't Holmes and Watson, it was their descendants. This makes the book incredibly interesting to read, and not only because of the obvious reasons. Throughout the book the two main characters, Charlotte and Jamie, are practically haunted by their family history in so many different ways. There are murderers trying to replicate the killings from Sherlock Holmes stories, people who tease them about their families, and a really awkward relationship between each other in the beginning of the book. Thankfully, in turn each of those problems is resolved by the end of the book.
I have only two reasons why I didn't give it a higher rating of 4 stars. The first one is that it wasn't a very memorable book, and even though I only read it several weeks ago, I needed to skim through the book before I could write this review. In my mind, part of what makes a book so good is when you can't get it out of your head for months after you read it. The second reason I didn't give it 4 stars is because I never really got completely submerged into the story, and often when I was reading it I would still be conscious of the real world (e.g., I was thinking about what I was going to eat for lunch at the same time as reading). This might have been because I was tired or I was hungry or something else along those lines, but it was still annoying.
Even though I could never be truly engaged in the book, I'd still recommend it, especially if you like mysteries!