Title: The Case for Jaime
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Age Group: High schoolers and above
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Synopsis: “It’s been a year since the shocking death of August Moriarty, and Jamie and Charlotte haven’t spoken. 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”(Amazon.com).
So far on this blog, I have faithfully reviewed this entire series (see book one here). I was really excited to read this latest installment since this is one of my favorite series. Starting this one, I was a little nervous that it might be–dare I say it–a filler. It has recently been announced, you see, that there will be a fourth book.
If I were some other person, then maybe I would have a lot to say about how this was definitely kind of a filler book and was hard to get through. However, I am not that person and I really enjoyed this book for one main reason…
First of all, let’s be honest here. I love this series and I love the characters so I am very biased. This third novel was told through the alternating perspectives of Jaime and Charlotte. The majority of the plot in both their points of view was based on the characters and their significant development. There was a lot of background information that I got to learn about Charlotte’s family, her connection to August, and what happened right after the shocking cliffhanger ending in book two. In my earlier reviews, I talked about how I wished there was more character development even though there was thrilling plot and witty dialogues.
This novel basically heard my plea and then made that the story. So, yes, I quite enjoyed this book because I got to learn and better understand the wonderful characters. I do think it could’ve been a little better balanced between backstory and present story though, since the plot suffered a little.
In the first three quarters of this novel, the plot was focused on the characters’ past and Charlotte gathering information about Lucien Moriarty. This was all interesting and important, of course, but just not quite as exciting as I have come to expect from this series. The last quarter WAS very exciting though, with a great climax that hooked me in until the end.
The one thing I did realize at the end, was that there was a lot of subtle foreshadowing in the first half. It was nice to look back and think of all the hints packed in amongst the character development.
No matter what I thought about the plot or characters, I was still on the edge of my seat and am highly anticipating the final chapter. If you enjoyed the first two books, then I recommend giving this one a chance and waiting until the thrilling climax. If you haven’t, you definitely need to read the first one!
Happy Reading 2018–Let’s fly together!