Review! The Downward Spiral by Ridley Pearson AND GIVEAWAY WINNER!!!

The Downward Spiral
Lock and Key #2
By Ridley Pearson
432 pages – ages 9+
Published by HarperCollins on October 10, 2017

Synopsis from Publisher- “This bravely reimagined origin story of the rivalry of literature’s most famous enemies—Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty—is told from the perspective of James’s observant little sister, Moira.

At the thrilling conclusion to book one, we left off with James and Moira’s father dying horribly and unexpectedly. Now the search is on to find out what really happened to their father. Did he fall or was he pushed? Sherlock, James, and Moira reluctantly partner up, trusting no one, not even each other, as they uncover a secret sect, a rare jewel, and a sordid history. Blood is spilled, trusts broken, and friendships lost in this story of how one simple mistake cost Father his life and James his heart, and sent the Moriartys spiraling ever downward.”

What I Thought- It is at this point that I am befuddled. I could have sworn I officially reviewed book one, Lock and Key: The Initiation, but it appears that I have not. To be very brief, for the sake of my memory remaining accurate, the first book is absolutely excellent. It is a re-visioning of Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty in modern times as children in a posh boarding school. There is a secret society and Sherlock Holmes. A BRILLIANT book!

Anyways, the second book is just as good, if not better than, the first. Pearson is a master of his craft, getting into the heads of his characters in a way that speaks to his readers. Pearson artfully describes things in detail, in such a manner that you get a full, clear picture, but that you still do not get bogged down by his language. Everything has a purpose. The plot is riveting, with twists throughout the entire book. The clue searching and fight sequences keep you on the edge of your seat with your mind reeling through the options. The book seems to be part mystery, thriller, and action, and I love it! Sherlock is wonderfully re-visioned into the socially awkward genius that he is, just add in a touch of teenager. Moriarty, like Sherlock, is a cutting edge piece of intelligence, and is becoming very much someone you do not want to mess with. I love it all. Pearson wrote one of my favorite series, Peter and the Starcatchers, and this series does not disappoint. I very much look forward to the next book!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!

Now, for the winner of the Toy Academy book I reviewed last week HERE!

To recap, here’s what you win:

And the winner of these wonderful goodies is…

Jennifer Barber!

Congratulations! I’ll be emailing you soon to find out were you’d like your prize sent!

Categories: Age 9+

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4 replies

  1. I thought you reviewed the first book too. I seem to recall you really liked it. Pleased to see the second in the series lived up to your expectations. I love the idea. Congrats to the winner!!

  2. Can’t get enough Sherlock Holmes! Thanks for letting me know about this.

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