Review - "Lock & Mori"

"Lock & Mori" (Lock & Mori #1) - Heather W. Petty 

In modern-day London, two brilliant high school students—one Sherlock Holmes and a Miss James “Mori” Moriarty—meet. A murder will bring them together. The truth very well might drive them apart.

Before they were mortal enemies, they were much more…

FACT: Someone has been murdered in London’s Regent’s Park. The police have no leads.

FACT: Miss James “Mori” Moriarty and Sherlock “Lock” Holmes should be hitting the books on a school night. Instead, they are out crashing a crime scene.

FACT: Lock has challenged Mori to solve the case before he does. Challenge accepted.

FACT: Despite agreeing to Lock’s one rule—they must share every clue with each other—Mori is keeping secrets.

OBSERVATION: Sometimes you can’t trust the people closest to you with matters of the heart. And after this case, Mori may never trust Lock again.

Okay, I picked up this book solely because of the cover … it was just a superficial decision (and I’m talking about the German (x) cover, not this one… whatever this is supposed to be). There, I said it. 
I didn’t except much from reading the blurb … it sounded confusing and like an a-typical YA slappy book … turned out … I was right – but it was even worse. I don’t know why it’s called “Lock & Mori” – because Sherlock is actually the most underdeveloped character EVER. You don’t get to read his POV or anything, he just pops up randomly and says stuff that’s obvious. 
Mori (and seriously? what is the point in changing the gender of the original character? was the author so scared of a lgbtq+ relationship so she had to name her FEMALE character James Moriarty??) was the most un-relatable and stupid MC ever, considering she’s supposed to be ~ so smart.
I love the classic characters that are Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty, I really do. But this book made me want to throttle Sherlock the whole time and slap some sense into ~ Mori. Sherlock was by no means like his character – THE character – no smart deducing, no sarcasm, no smartassery – I don’t get the point in him. Why is this book even named “Lock & Mori”? It should be called “Mori – The One-Woman Show”. Because you have no idea who Sherlock Holmes actually is.
The whole relationship (if you can even call it that) was based on absolutely NOTHING. No mutual understanding, no chemistry – they weren’t even friends. They were just two random people that met in the park, that’s it. No real material to base on a romantic relationship, is it?  
The actual plot was … something. I don’t know what it was – it was just words lined together to form sentences. It was unbelievable and dull as hell. You figure out who the murderer is like in the first 20 something pages. The end was a big fat question mark for me. Like, there was no ending at all. No cliff-hanger that would make you interested to read the sequel (cos apparently there is one) … it just ended. Out of the blue.
To sum up, this isn’t really a book I would recommend to people who love Sherlock Holmes or any other good detective stories. But that’s your choice. Who knows, maybe you’ll like it. It just wasn’t for me :) 


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