Thursday, January 9, 2014

Secret Letters (review)

Inquisitive and observant, Dora dreams of escaping her aristocratic country life to solve mysteries alongside Sherlock Holmes. So when she learns that the legendary detective might be her biological father, Dora jumps on the opportunity to travel to London and enlist his help in solving the mystery of her cousin's ransomed love letters. But Dora arrives in London to devastating news: Sherlock Holmes is dead. Her dreams dashed, Dora is left to rely on her wits-and the assistance of an attractive yet enigmatic young detective-to save her cousin's reputation and help rescue a kidnapped heiress along the way.
Steeped in Victorian atmosphere and intrigue, this gripping novel, now in paperback, heralds the arrival of a fresh new voice in young adult literature.
Originality- 16/20
Enjoyment- 15/20
Ending- 16/20
Cover- 19/20
Characters- 15/20
Total Grade- 81/100

 Grade- B

I love Sherlock Holmes. He is my favorite fictional detective hands down. When I saw the cover and read the synopsis for Secret Letters, I knew I would have to get my hands on it.

Nora is an intriguing main character. She feels out of place in her Victorian society. Instead of learning to be a lady, she yearns to don disguises and put her powers of deduction to the test. She wants to be the next great detective like her "could-be" biological father, Sherlock Holmes. Unfortunately, I do not love Nora like I love her "father." While her deductions are impressive, the novel consists of her constant, desperate struggle to prove herself. Her voice is very young and immature. Secret Letters has a great story and a great mystery in it, but I would have liked to see a different main character. If a character truly is Sherlock's daughter, I want to see that in the character aside from her deductions. 

Secret Letters is a good YA mystery with an interesting plot. It just lacks interesting characters (Peter Cartwright aside). I think fans of mystery will enjoy this book; however, if you are reading it solely for the Sherlock Holmes aspect, you might find it lacking.

1 comment:

  1. Good review!

    Kelly x