A wealthy young girl vanishes in thin air in front of a large crowd of people near Hyde Park and nobody sees what happened. Even more shocking, over 2 months after the girl has disappeared and is presumed dead, a ransom note surfaces at Scotland Yard. The missing girl is connected to the beautiful Irene Doyle, and so Sherlock, driven by his need to repair his relationship with Miss Doyle and show the world that he is the master detective of all time, decides he must solve this case at all costs.
By now, in this third book of the series Vanishing Girl: THE BOY SHERLOCK HOLMES, HIS 3RD CASE everyone is against Sherlock. Despised and ridiculed by Scotland Yard, bullied by the local street gangs, rejected by Irene Doyle, Sherlock races against time to save the girl’s life as well as an innocent young boy. His desperation clouds his judgment and causes him to make a near fatal mistake.
Vanishing Girl by Shane Peacock is the third book in the award winning Boy Sherlock Holmes series. It is in this book that some major character development takes place in young Sherlock.
Throughout much of the book, he is not all that likeable and comes across as arrogant and self centered. His motivation to solve the crime is fueled entirely by self interest. He wants to prove them all wrong and have the world see just how great he is. He wants to win back the affections of Irene. In other words, he is behaving like a somewhat normal teenage boy. This boy however is not like your average teenager and happens to have superior powers of deduction and a driving need to succeed. However his superior intellect does not allow him to see that lives are hanging in the balance and there are consequences to his actions and inactions.
In this book we are starting to see some insights into the eccentric and gifted but somewhat troubled adult Sherlock. I found it fascinating!
Sherlock fans of all ages will enjoy this series of 6 Sherlock Holmes stories about the young Sherlock.
Eye of the Crow: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His 1st CaseDeath in the Air (The Boy Sherlock Holmes)Vanishing Girl: THE BOY SHERLOCK HOLMES, HIS 3RD CASEThe Secret Fiend: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His 4th CaseThe Dragon Turn: The Boy Sherlock Holmes , His 5th CaseBecoming Holmes: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Final Case