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.
I don’t know how but this series keeps getting better and better.
A definite change in pace here with alternating Jamie and Charlotte chapters. Jamie is sleepwalking through life without Charlotte, even though he seems to think he’s doing alright. Charlotte is overworking herself with serious manic tendencies without Jamie but she at least seems more aware of the effect his absence is having on her.
The intensity skyrocketed in this one with Lucien Moriarty finally taking shape as a truly evil villain and living up to the name. And as much as I love Charlotte and Jamie, any chance of a peek into the chemistry between Leander and James instantly becomes my favourite part.
I especially enjoyed the email communications at the end of the book. I think they were a brilliant tool to smooth over some of the details: the passage of time as Jamie finishes school and Charlotte works through rehab, working through their tricky emotions for each other and the awkwardness left from their last couple adventures and a year apart, and the transition into the next book (which I am overly excited to begin!).