Pages: 187 Price: £9.00 Published: 1902 Genre: Classic, Detective, Short Story, Mystery
“‘He said that there were no traces upon the ground round the body. He did not observe any. But I did – some little distance off, but fresh and clear’ ‘Footprints?’ ‘Footprints’ ‘A man’s or a woman’s?’ Dr. Mortimer looked strangely at us for an instant, and his voice shrank almost to a whisper as he answered. ‘Mr. Holmes, they were footprints of a gigantic hound!'”
I love Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s work, it is way ahead of its time and never fails to be a great mystery and a great read. ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ being no exception.
I only really have one complaint about the book, with the other Sherlock Holmes book I have read, ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’, I found that the stories gave you all the information and so you could make a few of your own deductions about each case and give your own best guess at what the solution could be. However, with ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ you are very much left in the dark and it is only when re-encountering Holmes 3/4 of the way through the book that you receive a vital piece of information that allows you to start forming guesses. This piece of information being that Mr Stapleton’s sister that he lives with is in fact his wife, obviously this is better understood in context with reading the book. You see, part of the enjoyment of reading Crime books for me is that I like to be able to make little guesses in my head whilst reading along and then seeing how close, or far off, I was from the truth at the end of the book. I was disappointed here when Watson would find a lead and then within 5 pages he would tie it up neatly with a valid and reasonable explanation so I had nothing to go off in order to attempt my own conclusion forming. I guess the idea of this is to make it seem like such a big mystery as no leads can be found and nothing makes sense but for me it kind of killed it for me.
Apart from this one thing, I did really enjoy the book, I like how part of it is written as Watson’s letters to Holmes and another part is written directly from Watson’s diary. The writing style I find to be very grasping therefore making the book a good page turner. I do really love how all Sherlock Holmes stories are from Watson’s perspective, so therefore we as the reader can also be astounded by Holmes’s knowledge, deduction skills and character reading abilities.
This is a short review however it was a short book, I definitely recommend it for Classic Crime enthusiasts out there and I know I will definitely read this one again.