Locked by Eva Morgan
I really liked this book and I want to talk about it so let’s get the book description out of the way so that you know what I’m talking about.
When eighteen-year-old Irene Adler meets her new neighbor, the gorgeous, brilliant, and arrogant Sherlock Holmes, she never expects him to be the one to make her feel like life is worth living again. Ever since her sister’s death, she’s been addicted to risk-taking as a way to deal with her depression, and Sherlock quickly becomes the biggest risk she’s ever taken.
Locked is the story of a broken girl and the genius who gives her life back to her. It’s the story of a witty asshole who’s never known love, and the girl who shows him what love means. It’s the story of an unexpected connection, two people who save each other, and the importance of seeing the goodness underneath.
**Based on the Sherlock Holmes series by Arthur Conan Doyle.
When they say it’s based on Doyle’s series they mean it and it helps if you’ve read the original stories. I don’t think it’s a must but I can’t see how the end would be the same if you didn’t know what was coming. Poor Irene and Sherlock. I was about to suggest you at least watch the BBC series Sherlock or the CBS series Elementary but even they don’t do the story of Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler justice. In my opinion this book is as close to reinventing their complicated relationship, in a manner worthy of the original material, that I’ve come across. You should just go and read the Sherlock Holmes stories. They are amazing. If you don’t want to invest the time then at the very least you should go to LibriVox and listen to the stories.
The book starts out with Irene using her secret life as a problem solver to keep her depression at bay. She’s suffered a recent tragedy and isn’t handling it well. Then she meets Sherlock Holmes. What girls world wouldn’t be turned upside down by Sherlock Holmes moving into the neighborhood. He’s intrigued by Irene. She offers him a distraction from his boredom. He offers her the excitement that staves off her depression. Two damaged souls working to help one another. That is how a romance works right? I think this story is much more than a romance though. It’s what happens when the world’s biggest know it all discovers he really doesn’t know it all.
The only word of warning I can offer is that there are a couple of missing words and a few words that are misplaced. It wasn’t to distracting. I think you’ll be to caught up in the story to really care.
I really enjoyed this book. I think it’s for Sherlockians and novices alike. It is also just a great YA book. How can you say no to a book that includes notes written by the man himself. If you’ve ever wondered what a modern eighteen year old Sherlock Holmes would be like you’re in luck. Eva Morgan has answered the call.
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