posted at Monday, May 11th, 2015 at 8:00 AM | Reviews, Young Adult
Series: Every #3
Published by Allen & Unwin on March 1, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
The sequel to Every Breath and Every Word.After the dramatic events of London, a road trip back to her old home in Five Mile sounds good (in theory) to Rachel Watts, with her brother Mike in the driving seat. But when Mike picks up his old buddy – the wildly unreliable Harris Derwent – things start to go south. Back in Melbourne, Rachel’s ‘partner in crime’, James Mycroft, clashes with Harris, and then a series of murders suggest that the mysterious Mr Wild – Mycroft’s own personal Moriarty – is hot on their tail. When tragedy strikes, Rachel and Mycroft realise they’ll have to recruit Harris and take matters into their own hands…
Every breath I drew as I read this book was bated. Every word I spoke about was antagonized. Every move of my eyes along the page brought me closer to the end. With this, I’ve completed the Every series, several months before the second book even releases in the US. Though I prefer the American covers, and I had to pay more than I ever normally would for a paperback to get Every Move shipped from Australia, it was worth it. The Every series closes leaving me incredibly impressed at how well Ellie Marney can write not just mystery but character.
From this point on, there will be spoilers for Every Word, so please stop reading if you haven’t read that book yet.
What I love so much about Ellie Marney’s characterization, beyond the banter is the realness of the characters. A lot of times in fiction, terrible things happen to people, and they shake it off swifter than Swift. Consequences never really seem to stick after traumatic events. In the Every series, the aftereffects of trauma have to be faced. That’s pretty much been Mycroft’s whole character arc, in fact.
In Every Move, Rachel has to deal with the events of Every Word. After being kidnapped, brutally beaten, and just barely escaping, Rachel has night terrors. She also can’t stand to talk about the mystery of Mycroft’s parents anymore, which has her pulling away from. Actually, she’s pulling away from everyone very literally because she cannot stand to be hugged. It’s painful to watch Rachel go through this, and it makes the dramatic plot feel so much more real. They didn’t go on an adventure where they took on crime; they barely survived, and it fucking sucked.
There’s an addition to the cast in the form of Harris, a best friend of Rachel’s brother. Harris adds a love triangle the series, but this is the sort of triangle I like. I was actually really set to hate Harris, for a lot of reasons, but, like the rest of the cast, Harris proves too damn lovable, especially as he helps teach Rachel to defend herself. It’s well done, though I won’t say more outside of spoiler tags. View Spoiler » I think it’s completely wonderful that there’s an attraction there, that he’s a truly wonderful guy who might even be good for her, but that she definitively still wants Mycroft. That’s how you do a love triangle. I don’t even begrudge him the one kiss he bestowed on her.
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Every damn time I read one of these books, I mention how fucking tense they are. Ellie Marney is a master of tension. The first reason is writing characters that I care about so much; without caring what happens to the characters, there’s no tension. There’s also something visceral in the writing, that makes everything feel so immediate and powerful. Finally, there’s the fact that I know how dark Every Word got, and I knew that no one was necessarily safe. Even if they were, they would come out changed and hurt. Victories have to be worked for, hard won, in the Every series. It took me four days to read this book, even though I got through about 250 in one day, because for the rest I put it down and just looked at it out of the corner of my eye. I actually had to stop because my body was not ready.
There’s this thing I do when I finish series I really love: I cry. I’m not full-on weeping, but I’m teary with the thought that there aren’t any more Watts and Mycroft books coming. I truly love this series, and encourage lovers of contemporary novels and/or mysteries to give it a try.
“We’re not shagging. That sounds like something you do with a sheep and a vacuum cleaner. It’s sex, Rachel. Actual, real life, honest-to-goodness, sweaty and embarrassing and amazing sex.”
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