The Hound of Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
I have never read a Sherlock Holmes book before. All my knowledge comes from the BBC tv series and I was a bit worried as I don’t like that version of the character. He’s extremely pompous and seems to enjoy playing with people’s emotions.
In this book, however, I really felt Holmes cared for Watson. That was a pleasant surprise. My boyfriend recommended this story to me and I think it is a good one to start with because we don’t actually see a lot of Holmes, it’s told through Watson. I enjoyed following the story through his eyes.
I liked all of the characters, I had prepared myself for the normal damsel in distress depiction of women form this period and was genuinely surprised when there was a female character who came across as strong and defiant.
The language used felt like visual asmr. I fell instantly for the rhythm and prose of the text. I read one chapter per night and it made me feel like someone was petting my brain, so relaxing and pleasant. It has strengthened my resolve to read more of the classics.
The creepy descriptions of the moor and the mire are excellent. I really felt chill to my bones reading how to pony got sucked up in the mire.
I would recommend this to everyone, to be honest. It deserves it’s place on the books to read before you die lists. I will be reading some other adventures of Sherlock Holmes and I would like to read other books by Arthur Conan Doyle.
I give this book four out of five stars. It was a really nice and pleasant read, however not an amazing can’t-put-the-book-down read. I think it would be a good place to start for younger readers if they want to read mystery.
Have you read it? What do think of it? Do you agree or disagree with me? I’d love to know, comment below.