Book Review – The Case for Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro

Happy Thursday everyone! I had a different plan for today’s post, but my reading time was eaten up by other things this week and I didn’t get around to finishing my current book. So that planned review will be coming at a later date! Luckily for me, I have some books in reserve that I’ve been really excited to write reviews on, and this is one of them.

Spoilers for both A Study in Charlotte and The Last of August ahead.

The Case for Jamie picks up a year after The Last of August left off. Jamie is back at Sherringford without Charlotte. He’s dating Elizabeth (who we met in A Study in Charlotte), he’s having panic attacks, and he’s all around not very well adjusted. And then… stuff starts to happen. Again. And he can’t help but think… are these things also related to the Moriartys? Are they always going to haunt him? So he starts trying to solve some things on his own for the first time in a year, and he truly feels more himself doing it than he did trying to fit into normal life.

Meanwhile, Charlotte is also in the United States chasing leads of her own. She and Jamie are working the same case from different angles, and it’s fascinating to read both of their POVs in this book (!!). Charlotte is her typical self – emotionless and calculating in her investigations… except when it comes to Jamie. Because she misses him. A lot.

And for both of them, all roads always lead them back together in the end, don’t they?

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3 Things I Loved

  1. Charlotte’s POV. Oh. My. Goodness. I love Jamie and his storytelling, but having Charlotte’s thoughts on everything was a wonderful addition to this book. For the first time, readers could really see that their togetherness wasn’t one-sided at all. *heart eyes*
  2. Elizabeth. Listen. She got to date her long time crush. She reads books at lunch. She is strong and fierce and loves Jamie despite him really only having eyes for Charlotte, always. I have so much respect for Elizabeth, and I’m so glad she had a bigger role in this one.
  3. Jamie. I’ll always relate to Jamie. He’s me. I am him. I love him and his character and his words and his feelings. He feels completely real to me.

Dislikes/Problematic Content

My biggest (and really only) dislike in this book is a MAJOR spoiler, so I don’t want to talk about it too much, but I’ll just say that Jamie’s mother’s new boyfriend SUCKS and I hated that plot twist more than I’ve hated anything in a book in a long time. So there.

Also, as with the other books in the series, this is very heterosexual and white. I want to give it a pass since I love this series so much, but it should at least be acknowledged.


Rating

A reminder of the rating scale:

  • Red = DNF, I hated everything
  • Orange = Ugh, no thank you
  • Yellow = I mean, I’ve read worse, but there were problems
  • Green = This was good! 
  • Blue = Oh my gosh, I loved this book!
  • Purple = This is the unicorn of books and I will be rereading it until the binding falls apart and EVERYONE should be reading it!

I thought this book was going to be my favorite of the series, truly. I even put off reading the fourth book for a little while because I didn’t think anything could top this one. But it did, somehow. That’s the brilliance of Brittany Cavallaro, it would seem. In any case, I’m going to give The Case for Jamie a solid BLUE rating. I have so much love for this entire series. ❤

Happy reading, everyone!

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