Series: Every #2
on 1st June 2014
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James Mycroft has just left for London to investigate a car accident similar to the one that killed his parents seven years ago...without saying goodbye to Rachel Watts, his 'partner in crime'.
Rachel is furious and worried about his strange behaviour - not that Mycroft's ever exactly normal, but London is the scene of so many of his nightmares. So Rachel jumps on a plane to follow him...and lands straight in a whole storm of trouble.
The theft of a copy of Shakespeare's First Folio, the possible murder of a rare books conservator, and the deaths of Mycroft's parents...Can Watts help Mycroft make sense of the three events - or will she lose him forever?
Sparks fly when Watts and Mycroft reunite in this second sophisticated thriller about the teen sleuthing duo.
Things have been going well between Rachel and Mycroft. That is until a murder investigation brings Mycroft to London. Rachel is worried for him – this new case has suspicious similarities to the crash which killed his parents all those years ago. Not wanting him to have to face his demons alone, Rachel does something crazy and impulsive in the name of friendship – she packs a bag and boards the next flight to Heathrow.
Once there things go from bad to worse. A simple carjacking turns out to be something a lot more sinister. Rachel and Mycroft find themselves in danger which they may not be able to make their way out of alive…
This book has everything I love about Every Breath and more. Rachel and Mycroft are back with a vengeance. Their relationship has evolved from friendship to something more with Rachel is trying to navigate just how to deal with the changes. Caught between being a girlfriend and a friend, there are times when she doesn’t know what to do. This new level of their relationship is both exciting and realistic. Their interactions are at times romantic and beautiful but there are also times when they are awkward and uncomfortable – both were fantastic to read. The emotions and physicality of this new stage in their relationship is lovely.
I have to admit when I found out this book was going to be primarily set in London I was a little worried. One of the things I liked most about Every Breath was the way Ellie incorporated a distinct Melbourne vibe into the book. But I shouldn’t have been concerned. Every Word is amazing. The European setting worked perfectly and was a great background to Rachel and Mycroft’s London adventure.
The supporting cast is another plus in this novel. From Rachel’s brother to her travel companion Alicia, evil doers and police forensics – they all add and extra something to Rachel and Mycroft’s story. The danger in this book is scary in the way in unfolds and the fear that something bad is going to happen to Rachel and Mycroft is real.
Full of suspense, drama and a dash of romance, Every Word is a sensational follow-up in Ellie Marney’s Every trilogy. Brilliant characters, intriguing plot and a setting which could not have been more perfect for the story, this book has been one of my favourite reads of 2014.
Thanks to Allen and Unwin for the review copy
Be on the look out for my Q&A with Ellie Marney which I will be posting tomorrow!