The Case For Jamie Book Review! // returning to a series three years later

Hi friends! I’m super excited to share my thoughts on the third book in a series I randomly started reading again, so let’s jump into it! Also, I read this as the second book in my sorta challenge so yay me for actually following up for once!

TW/CW: PTSD, mentions of rape, murder, threats

Jamie is going through the motions at Sherringford, trying to finish his senior year without incident, with a nice girlfriend he can’t seem to fall for.

Charlotte is on the run, from Lucien Moriarty and from her own mistakes. No one has seen her since that fateful night on the lawn in Sussex—and Charlotte wants it that way. She knows she isn’t safe to be around. She knows her Watson can’t forgive her.

Holmes and Watson may not be looking to reconcile, but when strange things start happening, it’s clear that someone wants the team back together. Someone who has been quietly observing them both. Making plans. Biding their time.

Someone who wants to see one of them suffer and the other one dead.

Okay. I apparently read the second book The Last of August in 2017.

i literally remembered NOTHING from that book.

LITERALLY. Both Charlotte and Jamie are super traumatized from the events of that book, and all I remembered were the romantic sparks*. So, after listening to a little bit of the audiobook, I finally figured out most of what happened. Actually, I disliked the second book so immensely, that it is the main reason I didn’t immediately continue on. But this one was surprisingly good!

*my memory is so bad lol who lets me review books

First of all, this was narrated by both Jamie and Charlotte. It was actually rather refreshing to have both perspectives, rather than just Jamie’s. However, it also makes sense considering both characters are in completely different places most of the time.

Charlotte felt less like a robot in this one. Her character showed tremendous depth, incredible complexity, in this novel. She’s slowly realizing her flaws and faults. We also get to know more about her backstory!

Jamie is suffering from PTSD. He also misses Charlotte, and is struggling with reconnecting with his dad. His character arc was a little frustrating at times, because he was clearly doing thibgs he didn’t want to be doing. However, it made sense too, considering what he’d gone through.

I also enjoyed getting to see Leander and Jamie’s dad’s relationship! It was really cool getting ti witness another Holmes and Watson dynamic in this world.

What geuinely drives me forward in this series is the characters! I think Cavallaro made a great decision, coming off a lackluster second installment, to focus on individual turmoils. Of course, that meant I got way less Jamie/Charlotte* moments than I wanted. But it does set up for a great conclusion!

*do they have a ship name? jamilotte? charmie? wait no scratch the last one it sounds like the toilet paper brand

look. i love moriarty.

However, the whole Moriarty mystery thing? It doesn’t really intrigue me. It’s more wrapped up in politics and economical instability than anything else. I adore each and every one of the characters, but it is tough to be fully invested when the plot isn’t keeping my attention.

So that’s it! Tell me:

Do you have a favorite Sherlock adaptation?

Have you tried this series?

15 thoughts on “The Case For Jamie Book Review! // returning to a series three years later

  1. Great review! Surprisingly, I liked the second book way more than this one as it was super slow and also kind of felt forced?! I don’t remember it well, to be quite honest, I read it two years ago… But I also missed the Jamie/Charlotte moments…

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      1. mmmmmm I think mine might even be the first, and then the last! Haha! Because the second story was kind of strange and not super transparent and then the third book almost had no story for me….

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  2. Wonderful review, I’ll definitely have to check this series out sometime (it’s already on my TBR) and remember that you found the second book disappointing but the third better if I do end up feeling underwhelmed by book two.
    I don’t think I know any other Sherlock adaptations?? I added one to my TBR around Christmas (it had the word Christmas in the title) but I think that was a carry on (I could be wrong) and I’ve read a short story in an anthology but can’t think of any actual retellings 🙈
    I love the movies though (: and will have to try and read the originals sometime.

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    1. Thank you! Oh, you might have the opposite experience, but I do hope you enjoy all of the books!
      Honestly, I don’t think there are many??? It’s so weird! There’s a billion Beauty and the Beast retellings, but so few Sherlock ones. Oh! I’ll have to look into that. Same here haha.

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      1. Thank you.
        Yeah that is odd. I wonder why?? Maybe they’ll become more popular with time? You’d think they would be already though as thrillers and mysteries are always popular genres.

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