Title: The Last of August
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Release Date: February 14
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: HarperCollins Children on Edelweiss (A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.)
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In the second brilliant, action-packed book in the Charlotte Holmes trilogy, Jamie and Charlotte are in a chase across Europe to untangle a web of shocking truths about the Holmes and Moriarty families.
Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are looking for a winter break reprieve in Sussex after a fall semester that almost got them killed. But nothing about their time off is proving simple, including Holmes and Watson’s growing feelings for each other. When Charlotte’s beloved uncle Leander goes missing from the Holmes estate—after being oddly private about his latest assignment in a German art forgery ring—the game is afoot once again, and Charlotte throws herself into a search for answers.
So begins a dangerous race through the gritty underground scene in Berlin and glittering art houses in Prague, where Holmes and Watson discover that this complicated case might change everything they know about their families, themselves, and each other. (Source: Goodreads)
Holmes and Watson are at it again with a new case. Together they plan to solve the case of another Holmes’ disappearance. All the while the pair are at odds with each other as they find their relationship evolving from friends to something not quite friendly anymore. Can they still solve crimes if they hate each other? Or if they’re falling in love?
I’ve been waiting ages for this book, okay that’s not fully true because I’ve been sitting on this ARC for months but…it was amazing! It wasn’t A Study in Charlotte, but it was still amazing. I thought the plot was thoroughly complex and mysterious, I never unraveled the puzzle. My only issue with it was that the chemistry and charm of the characters which really was the driving force of the first book wasn’t there. I get that it was a character development thing but it did make reading the book a little more difficult.
The mystery in this book is fully engaging because it’s several mysteries in one. Yes, Uncle Leander is missing, but Charlotte’s mother has been poisoned and the Moriarty’s seem to be up to something too. All these threads are woven together into this jumbled mystery and it was…thrilling. The danger is high, the mystery intense. I really enjoyed the plot through and through. Okay so maybe not the character drama so much…
Jamie and Charlotte are in full on bicker mode for most of the book. The sexual chemistry between them has boiled over into dangerous territory which is making Charlotte uncomfortable after the events of the first book. So shit’s already bad between them…why not add August Moriarty into the mix? Make it even more tense and morose. I didn’t hate it! Don’t get me wrong it wasn’t awful, it was just…harder for me. I found Jamie and Charlotte slipping away from each other made the book a little less charming that the previous book. Maybe that’s a good thing though? This is the grittier sequel, and it was great in its own ways.
In terms of characters…Jamie’s probably got my vote for best of the best. But August was very interesting too. He’s the line between the Holmes and Moriarty families so he creates a unique space in the books for you to see how horrible both families are. I thought that really brought something new to this book.
Mostly I came out of this dying for another book. That’s an excellent feeling to come out with. I also want to shove this book at people and make them read it. It’s good.