This post contains a review and a bookish manicure.
Every Word (Every #2) by Ellie Marney
Published May 28, 2014 by Allen & Unwin
Source: the publisher
Rating: 4 stars
From the blurb: 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.
Every Word is the follow up to Aussie author Ellie Marney’s debut, Every Breath. Taking place eight weeks later, Rachel and James are now dating, but Rachel has been grounded so their time together has been limited, this doesn’t stop them from having some very heated moments.
Mycroft still hasn’t told Rachel much about his past, or the night his parents died, but they have still formed a close bond in the short time they have known each other. I love how well these two suit each other, the chemistry between them is undeniable. Not only is their plenty of sexual tension, they clearly care about each other, Rachel in particular really goes out of her way to take care of Mycroft, and she is often consumed with all the insecurities and self doubt that comes along with being a teenager in a relationship.
Mycroft’s work with Professor Walsh leads him to London and Rachel follows, thus landing both of them in trouble with some nasty crooks. The mystery surrounding this case was intriguing, fast paced, and made me extremely worried about their fate. Mycroft isn't the only one contributing to the case, Rachel plays a big part in figuring out clues and doing some solo sleuthing.
I loved the setting of Melbourne in Every Breath and I enjoyed the change in setting in this book just as much. It was clear that Marney had visited London as the story gives a descriptive tour via the eyes of Rachel. I equally loved the beautiful writing, particularly the prologue describing bush fire weather, it gave me goosebumps.
Every Word is an excellent sequel to Every Breath with more mystery, more romance, and more danger. I’m hoping Mycroft and Rachel finally get some time alone in the next book, Every Move, boy, do they deserve it!
Thank you to Allen & Unwin for my review copy.
Once dry I lightly sponged on some Orly Liquid Vinyl.