The Last of August – Review

Oftentimes, I withhold information from Watson for this very reason. He resents this, I think. My “magic tricks.” I don’t know if he’s understood yet who the reveals are really for. – Brittany Cavallaro, The Last of August


Synopsis

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.


Review

I counted down the days until I had The Last of August in my possession.

I read A Study in Charlotte and immediately began anxiously waiting for it’s sequel. Now it’s here. And it was absolutely worth the wait.

On Tuesday afternoon I came home to find the Amazon package stuffed into my mailbox. I was, and still am, reading Windwitch. The moment I got my hands on The Last of August though I delved right in.

As I stated on Wednesday, I’ve been home from work sick for the majority of the week. It was the opportunity I needed as I began and finished The Last of August in a matter of hours.

It was back to the Jamie and Charlotte show in this novel, but this time, August Moriarty, Charlotte’s ex boyfriend (no, that’s not right. Guy that she used to like? The guy that she forced to die? Felix?!) is thrown into the mix.

It brings out a different and more unfortunate side to our Watson as he’s jealous of August and Charlotte’s history (though, I never got why because, again, she ruined August’s life). At the same time it gives us a different dimension to their friendship.

Now, I know many people don’t want a relationship between Watson and Sherlock and I actually agree with this. But at the same time, I’m kind of rooting for it? I don’t know. Cavallaro has done a good job tearing me in two in this regard. You see glimpses of the could be relationship, but then you also see the full force of them as just the best friends they are.

I will say this: Read the book before you freak out about their being some amount of chemistry between Sherlock and Watson.

Outside of Sherlock and Watson and August and the dynamic between the three you have a different plot from the first as there is no murder (that you know of) this time around. Instead we learn a lot about forged paintings, but overall this book felt more focused on the development of Watson and Sherlock and the coming third book, which holy cow will be insane if the ending of The Last of August is any indication.

I gave The Last of August 5/5 stars because I’m obsessed with this series and I absolutely love what Cavallaro has done with these characters.

Have you read The Last of August? If so, what did you think? Do you plan on reading it? 

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