Mrs. Sherlock Holmes is the second DNF for me in 2019. I don’t know if I’m just picking not the greatest books to start this year off, or if I’m becoming pickier about what I like. Maybe a little bit of both? Who knows.
I am a huge fan of true crime and I so wanted to love this book because the synopsis sounded SO cool. I almost bought this book with some of my birthday money, but am glad I decided not to. Instead I checked out the audiobook from my library, and maybe that played a factor into DNF-ing this book.
The book is set in 1917 New York and follows two women, Grace Humiston, New York lawyer, detective, and later the first woman U.S. District Attorney, and Ruth Cruger an 18-year-old who disappears without a trace. Grace ultimately becomes Ruth’s family’s attorney and helps search for her when the NYPD have all but given up.
Sounds great right? Well, it definitely had potential. However, the layout of the story is very messy and not well put together. Each chapter jumps back and forth between Ruth’s case to a story about Grace and how she started her career. Maybe if I had read the book the layout would have made more sense to me. Since I was listening to the book, I would get confused really easily and have to stop and go back a lot. I believe I listened to Chapter 5 twice. There were too many people and stories being introduced in each chapter that it quickly became very confusing.
Since I listened to the audiobook I’m not sure what page number I stopped at, but I stopped at chapter 8 out of 23 chapters…..so I didn’t get toooooo far in. I’m not sure what I would have rated the book because it was just too messy. (which seems to be a consensus on Goodreads)
Maybe I will try to read the physical book later down the road because I really loved Grace Humiston and her story. Her first case as a lawyer was so moving and showed her determination early on.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it?
Until next time!