I’ve been looking forward to A Study in Charlotte for months. I spent longer than I’d like to admit trying to get an ARC. I was unsuccessful, but that’s alright. I bought it.
And it was… fine.
I guess. I wanted to like it a lot more than I actually did. It took me almost a full week to read it. And it’s only 336 pages. Normally I could bang that out in one night. It’s hard to put my finger on what exactly didn’t work for me.
It’s not the characters. Because while I wouldn’t want to hang out with Charlotte, her character worked for me. She’s a teenage female version of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock. And that’s fine. Jamie, on the other hand, was such a likeable sidekick. Much like Watson usually is, I guess. I Just wanted to give him a hug throughout much of the book.
Maybe it was the plot? In this book, the characters try to figure out who in their boarding school is framing them for murder. Is it a local drug dealer? One of their teachers? A fellow student who really, really doesn’t like them? I found most of the plot fairly predictable, which was disappointing.
Then there are the side plots. The author attempts to address some heavy issues. Teenage drug use. Rape. They’re brought up, but never really resolved. They just kind of happen. I was kind of disappointed about that, too. While I appreciate her trying to bring light to these subjects, it seems a little pointless if you’re not going to really dive in and tackle them head on.
The bottom line is that while this book entertained me, I felt like it was missing something. Even though I didn’t love it, I did like it and I will likely read the next book in this series.
Final rating: ★★★☆☆