Conan Doyle, Arthur (2013) The Hound of the Baskervilles, Oxford
When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead in the moors, his friend Dr Mortimer and Sir Henry Baskerville, heir to the Baskerville manor, come to Sherlock and ask him to come to the moors and investigate. All evidence leads to a savage hound from hell, which legend has it is attacking the Baskervilles due to an ancient curse. Soon though, Sherlock will realise there is more than meets the eye and then makes the strange choice of sending Watson alone to the manor.
At the manor, alongside Sir Henry, he will start to investigate the moors, uncover shadowy secrets, family scandals and immerse himself into the dangerous moor where an escaped convict is on the loose. In the moors civilisation is distant and superstition fuses with reality, and the more Watson comes closer to the end he will have to rely on his instinct and courage as he deals against an evil force. To make matters worse, he must act quickly before the hound makes its next move.
The Hound of the Baskervilles is written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In this book, Sherlock Holmes, the brilliant, witty, deductive and eccentric detective of 221 Baker Street will face his toughest challenge yet. Alongside him is Dr Watson, his resourceful friend and partner in fighting crime.
It is an incredibly well written book conceived in 1901. It brilliantly recreates the tone of the English moors and creates a truly sinister and mysterious setting.
The characters have depth and are realistic showing real emotions. This book could also be considered a historical novel as it shows life in the English moors in the very early 20th century. They say a book is only as good as its villain and this truly applies in this case. Even though we only see the murderer at the end, the one responsible for the crimes is as evil and psychopathic as can be.
The book uses many different narrating techniques showing us Doyle´s writing skills and cleverly changing the books tone. Doyle also uses a great number of red herrings to trick us and keep us at the edge of our seats. I would say this is the best book to read if you want to try a Holmes book and is one of the most iconic English mystery books. Some may say it is out of date and old fashioned but I think it still remains contemporary and popular these days.
One of the other things this book achieves is a masterfully well done creation of tension. There is a scene in this book in which Watson is looking for the murderer inside an ancient village. In this scene, the tension is high as you know the suspect is hiding somewhere and Watson is holding his revolver ready to fire. And of course, maybe the most important and entertaining factor in the book is none other than Sherlock Holmes. The witty detective is always fun to read about as we see him use his unique set of deduction skills to solve the case. At first the all the readers are amazed at his deductions, but it is always fun to then see him explain how he reached that conclusion and the simplicity of it.
ASSESMENT: I give this book 9 points.
RECOMMENDATION: All in all The Hound of the Baskervilles is a great book and must be read by all those thriller lovers out there. Also, it is a classic and schools should make everybody from the ages twelve and up read it..
AUTOR: Óscar William Matthews Martínez. Alumno de 3ºESO