From the beginning of this book Sherlock and Watson began analyzing a subject, in this instance a cane, and in doing this he shows his abilities as a detective which resulted in him gaining my respect and had me hanging off his every word. I think this may be due to the way in which Watson tells the story and think that in effect it works well. I got the feeling that he was thinking in the same way as a reader, his guesses and thoughts weren’t unlike mine and this made the book easier to read. Told by the ever reliable Dr Watson, Sherlock’s loyal sidekick the mystery is about to become clear but not before many suspects were to evolve.
I think the way the suspects are introduced is very important as it meant to me that I got to know the characters individually, and it made it easier to identify with each of their characteristics and draw my own conclusions. To begin, Barrymore was my favourite character as his personal traits portrayed him as the first suspect when his “Black beard” matched a witnesses description, but then his explanation eliminated him. This added to the intrigue once again, and the curiosity continued to grow as each of the accused was ruled out and another came to light.
The suspense slowly builds up and by the end is in abundance, so much so that I admittedly read chapter 15 before chapter 13 which was a huge mistake because to the novels credit, the plot didn’t actually develop as I had predicted. The conspiracy theories kept flowing all the way through the novel led by Watson’s many thought provoking questions, which in turn kept the suspense alive and the mystery present in the way that any first-rate detective novel should and consequently guiding me to my conclusion that The Hound of the Baskervilles is in no doubt to me a whodunit.