Like the first book in the Charlotte Holmes series, The Last of August was entertaining, fast-paced, and full of twists; but I have to say I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as the first one. I found the ending very confusing, and ultimately I wasn’t even sure how all of the events in the book tied together and what really happened.
I did feel that the setting was very interesting, and very much enjoyed getting more of a look into Charlotte’s family, as well as her relationship with August. We get a lot more background on her in the second book than the first book provided, I think.
I did feel that Charlotte treated Jamie pretty badly in this book, which made her hard to like as a main character. I know conflict drives a story, of course, but still. With Charlotte being so dysfunctional (understandably so, given her family and upbringing, as well as perhaps her age, but still) – and in particular, seemingly disinterested in improving herself or perhaps completely oblivious to anything being wrong at all – it was very hard for me to root for Jamie and Charlotte as a couple. Hell, I feel for Jamie and think he could be a much healthier person if he found another love interest…but, I also understand that realistically, that’s not always so easy.
Having said all that, I am still interested to read the next book, The Case For Jamie. Cavallaro does an excellent job with characterization – even if the characters aren’t always likable – and I’m eager to see how Jamie & Charlotte continue to develop, as well as what adventures find them next. – Anne ⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Last of August was certainly a page-turner. I enjoyed the first book in this series quite a bit more than its sequel. The pacing at the end of the book, in particular, was hard to follow and threw me out of the story.
Throughout the book, I felt pretty well immersed in the Berlin art scene. We were able to learn a lot more about the various family histories which was fascinating. The interactions were interesting and complex.
It was excellent to follow along with Jamie’s perspective again – I really like him a lot as a character. He is well-rounded and interesting. I’m much more frustrated with Charlotte’s beliefs and behaviors (though I do believe her upbringing contributes heavily to this), specially how she treats other people – friends included. However, her character is still well written.
I’m looking forward to the next book and to see where the story takes Jamie and Charlotte. – Jake ⭐️⭐️⭐️