The House of Silk, A. Horowitz (ed. Orion Publishing Ltd)
Page number: 394
Price: £12,99 (€15,00)
Release date: April 2012
Themes: Crime – Enigmas – Investigation – Detective story – Suspense
November 1890. London is gripped by a merciless winter. Sherlock Holmes and Dr 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 weeks. Intrigued, Holmes and Watson find themselves drawn into a series of puzzling and sinister events, stretching from the gas-lit streets of London to the teeming criminal underworld of Boston. As they delve deeper into the case, they stumble across a whispered phrase “the House of Silk”: a mysterious entity and foe more deadly than any Holmes has encountered, and a conspiracy that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of society…
I am fond of Sherlock Holmes’ stories, and I wanted to know if Horowitz stayed faithful to the characters. I do not regret to reading it even if I have a negative point about this story.
For the universe, we find all the things that made Sherlock. In other words, whether it about the figures or his playing field: London of the 19th century. The descriptions of this London are excellent because it is present all the aspects. Such as the “material” side, like the streets and “immaterial” side like the social inequalities that are important at this period. John Watson wrote this story after the death of Sherlock Holmes, but it is a good testimony of this society and period.
Some of the characters are well known such as Mycroft or D.I. Lestrade but we have some of them who belong to this story, and they are not always good. Dr Watson who wrote the story, do many interludes so the story is smooth and we can learn more about the figures, who they are and who they will be.
Finally, the story is exciting, and the suspense is unbearable, we do not want to close the book. We begin with a common case stuck in the huge spider web that is the House of Silk case. The denouement is, even if it is really surprising, disturbing and shocking because it shows the darkest side of some human souls. Sherlock Holmes suggests the explanation with two sentences which say everything and nothing at the same time.
Conclusion: the story is conducted skilfully from the beginning to the end, worth an A. C. Doyle’s himself. The chapters are a bit long but remained fluid thank to the John Watson’s interludes.