21 October 2015
Lock & Mori
Series: Lock & Mori #1
Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars
Petty definitely has a talent with prose, I will not deny that. Unfortunately, it's written well enough that the main character, Mori, comes off a bit of a sociopath in the end - which I guess makes sense since she's Jim Moriarty. Having the main character be a sociopath, however, makes her kind of hard to sympathize with.
This novel also suffers from a heavy dose of romance, and the romance isn't written well into the story line. It definitely feels forced, although it is kind of fun watching them swim through the awkwardness of teenage love, although I am not entirely sure that is Petty's intention. The characters felt very one dimensional and Sherlock just wasn't as lovable as I'm used to based on other current adaptations.
The combination of the romance, the characters, and the realization of the plot combine to bring down the talent and sometimes eloquence of the prose, so unfortunately this novel falls in the middle and becomes just another reworked adaptation. That being said, I'll probably still pick up the next installment, just to test the waters once more.