Sunday Book Club – The House Of Silk, Anthony Horowitz

Every Sunday we are taking a look at the world of books. I read a lot and always want to share my opinions on what I read, so I thought it would be fun to write reviews. Today we are going to look at a book that is a continuation of the Sherlock world.

The House of Silk (2011)

Anthony Horowitz


It is November 1890 and London is gripped by a merciless winter. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are enjoying tea by the fire when an agitated gentleman arrives unannounced at 221b Baker Street. He begs Holmes for help, telling the unnerving story of a scar-faced man with piercing eyes who has stalked him in recent weeks.

Intrigued, Holmes and Watson find themselves swiftly drawn into a series of puzzling and sinister events, stretching from the gas-lit streets of London to the teeming criminal underworld of Boston and the mysterious ‘House of Silk’ . . .

– from Amazon

Positive Points

This book sits really well in the Sherlock Holmes world and it can be really easy to understand why Anthony Horowitz was approved to write this book. He has a way of bringing a narrative to life whilst also being sensitive to the characters and the world that Arthur Conan Doyle has created. It is full o f descriptions and the narrative engages you constantly throughout.

Negative Points

I do not have any negatives for this book, maybe the fact that at times the narrative it can turn dark but it is a crime story!

Overall Review

If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes, then you will enjoy this book as Anthony Horowitz writes the book so well that it could of easily been by Arthur Conan Doyle. The story is maybe a lot darker then the narratives that the original author would create with Sherlock but in some ways it brings it up to modern day crime writing. It is a book that is easy to read but if you do not like books that can turn slightly dark, this may not be the book for you.

Rating : **** 4 Stars

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