Author: Ellie Marney
Series: Every #2
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Star Rating: 5/5
Date Read: July 9th to 10th, 2014
Read Count: 1
I have been waiting not so patiently for this book ever since I finished reading my prize ARC of Every Breath last year. Ellie Marney was – is – a fantastic new voice in Australian YA fiction. Her books have it all: murder, mystery, suspense, great characters and a little bit of romance, which in Every Word has become a LOT of romance. Oh, the tension between Watts and Mycroft has intensified! They are absolutely sizzling.
Every Word brings us back to Summoner Street, Melbourne where after the lionpen incident eight weeks ago, Rachel is on house arrest and seeing her neighbour Mycroft through his bedroom window (not in a creepy way!). They have barely had a moment alone, so their burgeoning romance has been put on the backburner. Cue: oodles and oodles of sexual tension. Mycroft has himself a new job, working with Professor Walsh, a forensic pathologist, which is right up Mycroft’s alley. But when news of a carjacking in London that sounds suspiciously similar to the accident that causes his own parent’s death reaches Mycroft, he can’t let it go and talks Professor Walsh into taking him to London when the Professor is requested to help with the investigation. And off Mycroft flies in the middle of the night, leaving only a text message behind for Rachel. Hours later, she has jumped on a plane with her brother Mike’s girlfriend and is following him halfway across the world – ‘for support’.
I know how extremely unlikely this is. I know that the last thing we should do is encourage teenage girls to follow their boyfriends to the ends of the Earth. But there is something kind of noble about ditching everything to help someone who you know needs you, even when they’re not quite ready to admit it. Mycroft may think he can handle anything, but Watts knows he can’t. It’s not like the trip is without its repercussions either, as we find at the end of the book, which I felt was realistic. When you’re seventeen and you fly halfway across the world without telling your parents, they are going to be pissed! You really can’t expect anything else.
Aside from that one little factor, Rachel following James to London, the whole novel feels real. The characters are real, their dialogue is very Australian, not in the over-exaggerated way that tourists think we speak but in the real way we do speak. The forensics is awesome to read and I loved the murder mystery. I loved the way that London developed before my eyes. My wanderlust awakened once again (is it ever really dormant?), I saw London as Rachel did and of course, I want to go! The book also has, as well as steamy scenes between Rachel and Mycroft, the grittiness of a true crime story – the criminals do not hold back. Add to that the genius of Mycroft, Rachel’s courage and her ability to put up one hell of a fight, and you are in for a great read.
Can’t wait for Every Move!