Review: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro


Category: Teen

Published: 2016

Read: 2016

Score: 2/5

Synopsis: (Goodreads) The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.
From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other. Paget_holmes

Review: This was not a great book. I am sorry to say I didn’t like it very much but I did read it through. It had such potential too and so I am very disappointed that it was just not that good.

middle_491d956313200a21844639a83297a58625_a-study-in-charlotte-3It is a take on the Holmes and Watson stories. This is in the same universe as those previous stories but the characters are the great-great-great grandchildren of the original holmes and watson. There is a lot of talk about the family and their characters. This is what I liked, I really enjoyed how the story was based in this world and yes it’s  a retelling in a sense but with a twist.

Holmes is Charlotte and Watson is James a.k.a Jamie. I really liked Watson, he was a great strong character and I liked him through out the whole thing. Of course Holmes is a bit of a rougher character and she is crazy and drug fulled. They end up going to the same American boarding school and of course a murder happens…cue the investigation. middle_32c18e699fc912579f76ee8e9f0e23b411_a-study-in-charlotte-2

This book does deal with things like rape, murder and drugs. That wasn’t my problem. I just found that it really dragged on and it was obvious who the killer was but it was dragged out-and-out. Than something else will happen and it’s dragged on even further. I also didn’t like how the end happened. Of course it ended and of course they left it open for more books but I don’t like how the whole thing was handled. They are not goons but that is what it seemed like.

Most teens will like this book as it will appeal to them I am sure. I would not recommend it to any younger teens with the content but older ones would be okay. Maybe the next one would be better, I most likely will not read it thou.


2 thoughts on “Review: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

  1. Sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy it because I was hoping it’d be a good one. I used to be a huge fan of mysteries, but my interest is slowly fading away because I can’t find a book good enough to keep it up.


    1. I think it could have been better if it was maybe a adult book instead of rich teens at a boarding school with lots of free times and drugs.
      I was really hoping it would be good too.


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