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Final Fall (Lock & Mori) by Heather W. Petty
Cover Artist: Photo of People by Ylva Ereval;
Photo of Playground by Carmen Spitznagel / Trevillion Images
Review by Gayle Surrette
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Hardcover / eBook  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781481423090
Date: 28 November 2017 List Price $18.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Final Fall is the final novel in the Lock & Mori series, which has teenagers Sherlock “Lock” Holmes and Miss James "Mori" Moriarty interacting with each other, beginning a tentative friendship, and yet finding that their basic moral compasses aren't really in sync.

Mori finds herself a captive. She knows that what her captor, a woman she thought she could trust, intends is to break her and use her as her personal assassin. While desperate to escape, Mori must find a way to not only escape, but to free her brothers who are being held hostage to her good behavior. There's no one she can trust to help her as even Lock wouldn't be able to find her here in the countryside. So she must find someone she can manipulate to aide her.

Then she just needs to escape with her brothers, get them to safety, and make everyone very, very sorry that they ever thought to hurt her or her brothers. She knows she'd be traveling down a road that Lock couldn't sanction, or forgive her for her actions. She sees herself as having no choice. But, will she find another way? Can she win free from the dark, dangerous, nefarious, and evil doings of her family? Can she give her younger brothers a better life than she expects to be her lot?

The action moves along at a snappy pace. Just when you think things will go one way they take a surprising twist. I haven't read the previous two books so maybe to readers who have read them some of the twists won't be as surprising. I'm sure reading the previous books will help with the family relationships and backgrounds that I found a bit surprising. The setting is present-day London as well as the English countryside.

The characters seem a bit over the top, but we're talking an update to present times, and iconic characters, with one changing gender, and both reduced to teens. It makes it very difficult to predict what actions you can expect and thus it keeps the pages turning.

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