Wednesday, November 29, 2017

#Review - Final Fall by Heather W. Petty #YALit #Mystery

Series: Lock & Mori # 3
Format: E-Book, 208 pages
Release Date: November 28, 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Edelweiss 
Genre: YA / Mystery / Thriller

Sherlock Holmes and Miss James “Mori” Moriarty started at the top of their game—so they have that much farther to fall in this epic conclusion to the Lock & Mori trilogy, perfect for fans of Maureen Johnson and Sherlock.
You know their names. Now discover their beginnings. 
Mori is out for revenge. Imprisoned in the English countryside, with her brothers held as leverage, she’s never felt angrier or more helpless. When an opportunity for escape arises, Mori takes it and flees back to the streets of London, where she is finally able to plot the demise of her recently freed father and his cohorts. 
But after a bittersweet reunion with Lock, she discovers that he may not be the ally he once was. In the face of blackmail, threats, and Lock’s noble attempts to thwart her crusade, Mori has an impossible decision to make.
Can Mori wash the blood from her hands and walk away? Or will her final fall from grace be the end of everyone she loves?

Final Fall is the third and final installment in Heather W. Petty's Lock & Mori trilogy. As the story opens, Mori is Alice Stoke's captive having been taken from London to the English countryside. She's kept in a cage away from her brothers who are being used as leverage to keep Mori in line. With Alice's real threat of taking her brothers to America without her, Mori must bide her time and scheme her way to freedom. Alice needs a soldier to be her sword against those like James Moriarty. 

That means teaching Mori how to survive and that leaves a new character named Trent to teach her. But, when the time finally comes to escape, Mori takes it and returns to her home in London. Revenge remains at the top of Mori's list. She must find a way to end the threat known as James Moriarty, her father and his corrupt gang of cops who made Mori and her brothers lives a living hell. But, she also must find a way to deal with a certain Sherlock Holmes who is on the wrong side of what Mori plans to do. 

Even though Final Fall is a rather short book at 206 pages, there is a whole lot of action within its pages. This is Mori's story not Lock's. There's no way to twist it to become Lock's story. Even when Lock does show up, he is just an obstacle standing in the way Mori's plans. A look at what Mori's life could have been if she had different parents. Mori will do things and things will happen quickly. Things might even shock you considering how young Mori really is. But, never forget what happened to her and her brothers at the hands of an abusive father and corrupt cops who looked the other way.

You want to give hope that Mori won't walk down the road into darkness. You want to give hope that Lock can change her mind from going full vigilante. But, what would the point of writing an origin story if Lock and Mori ended up as the good guys when all is said and done? You have to know the history between Sherlock and Moriarty to understand that you really can't give either of them a HEA. Not really. Even though they could be brilliant together, there is too much baggage on Mori's shoulders. 

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