Book Review: The House of Silk

Author: Anthony Horowitz
Read between: Christmas Holidays 2015
Number of pages: 389 with a bonus review by author at back of book
Format: Paperback
Published: 11th September 2014
ISBN: 1409157245
Publisher: Orion Paperback


After reading Moriarty and enjoying it so much over the Christmas break I knew Horowitz had a previous novel called, ‘The House of Silk’ and ordered it before I even finished Moriarty. I was expecting the same banter language echoing the Doyle’s classic style and as a reader I was not disappointed. When I put it down I found myself thinking about what could happen, what was going to happen next?

“Horowitz has captured Holmes Heaven” – THE TIMES

Synopsis: Set in London, November 1890 in the amerce of winter. Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson are enjoying tea by the fire when an agitated gentleman arrives unannounced at 221B Baker Street. He begs Holmes for help, telling the unnerving story of a scar-faced man with piercing eyes who has stalked him in recent week. Holmes and Watson find themselves drawn into a series of puzzling and sinister events, stretching from gas-lit streets of London to the criminal underworld of Boston and the mysterious, ‘House of Silk’.

Review: Having come off the back of Moriarty Book I was sucked straight into this world. It is impressive to feel it is not a Doyle classic because the language Horowitz’s uses is so authentic. This is more of the classic style I would say Sherlockian fans are use to with Watson as the narrator. The classic characters are there. Sherlock, Watson, Lestrade, Mrs Hudson and Brother Mycroft. Horowitz keeps the relationship between each character true.

The plot is well written with many twists and turns. There is a good balance of fast pace chases and masterful criminal thinking. The story has many layers of mysterious set in the victorian era. One of the main difference is the take on the Irregulars. They are not portrayed as the cheeky, street-gang but are pitied for their poverty and the harshness of their lives wrapped in with the ‘House of Silk’.

The ‘House of Silk’ turns out to be a gentleman’s club abusing children. It is well hidden and when revealed is a shock. I think it is a story that Doyle could not write but the modern author could. I was shocked as a reader this was the outcome as we were believed it was an all boys school where the teachers wanted what was best for their students. The way the truth is uncovered is well written and a good adventure.

Even though I read this second, it has a place on my bookcase. Its a good read, if you wish to order ‘House of Silk click here as we all know, ‘The Game is Afoot!’.

© Chris Bird Photography 2016


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