Review: The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

It might be messy, awful, destructive, might end with a body count and my best friend disavowing me, but I do always pull it off in the end.

After finishing A Study in Charlotte I found myself desperately needing to read the next book, and it certainly didn’t disappoint at all. The Last of August, is a much greater book than A Study in Charlotte, as you get to see a darker side to the whole Holmes/Moriaty family Feud.

Many people upon reading this book, doesn’t like it as much as the first book because of the characters. Well not so much the characters themselves, but more so their inability to properly communicate. It’s something we see often in young adult books, and it’s a trope most people don’t like. Now personally I don’t mind it, I like the drama and angst it can create between the main characters.

This is what we see between Watson and Holmes for parts of this book. Personally I don’t even think this book does it excessively, as some books have in the past. It feels believable. It seems like the kinds of spats and disagreements actual best friends could get into, and personally i prefer that to the two of them presenting as being some idyllic version of actual best friends.

Holmes, my patron saint of trapdoors and fail-safes, of always remembering to pour the foundation so that, later, if you needed to, you could build a brilliant house on top.

Since this is mainly a mystery novel i feel compelled to at least touch on it. The mystery and the suspense in this book has been heightened significantly from the previous. And once again Cavallaro does an amazing job getting the reader interested in the mystery. She does this by giving just enough information for the reader to start suspecting, but still so little they feel it necessary to continue reading.

The dynamic between the Moriaty family and the Holmes family, becomes much more obvious in this book. The reader gets introduced to some of the key players in the Moriarty family, and how they’ve impacted the relationship throughout time. I find this dynamic interesting as well as the impact it’s had into modern times, and it not just being something they talk about from the time of Sherlock Holmes and john Watson.

An invisible war with invisible blood. Or not invisible—just not our own, not yet.

The Last of August, is the kind of book you either love or hate. The mystery is amazing and the interfamily dynamics get explored much more, this provides an interesting backdrop for huge developments made to the characters.



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