Title: Every Word
Author: Ellie Marney (Every Breath)
Publisher: Allen and Unwin
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.
I definitely liked the first book in this series about a teenaged Sherlock (James Mycroft, like the brother of Sherlock) and female Watson (Rachel, the protagonist), but I wasn’t obsessed with the romance as much as some people – luckily, this book changed my mind about that and has me super-excited for the next book.
From the very beginning, I was totally on this ship. I hate to act like the romance is the only interesting thing in this book, because it’s definitely not the only good thing about it, but I still couldn’t help but remember the romance as one of my favorite things, and there were definitely some early scenes that cemented that love. Before the mystery really starts up and Mycroft starts spiraling, there is romance, and that’s what I really enjoyed about the beginning.
This mystery was related to Mycroft’s past, so there were multiple layers to it – the current mystery and all the ways it was related to the great and terrible mystery that is James Mycroft. Like the first mystery, Rachel and Mycroft work with the authorities, but they also get into a lot of trouble themselves – in fact, even more trouble than the first book. Things are quite harrowing for the two of them, especially for Rachel, which kept me turning the pages quickly to see what was going to happen.
Since most of this book takes place in London, away from many of the characters we met in the first book, so they didn’t get the chance to flesh out too much in this book. One new-ish character who did get more characterization is Mike’s new girlfriend, who Rachel hitches a ride with to London after Mycroft disappears on her. Mike, Rachel’s brother, is a character who managed to get some fleshing out in the little he showed up, but I hope to see even more of him in the next book, as well as Rachel’s parents. This book focused on Rachel and Mycroft, which was quite interesting, but I definitely want more in the third book.
Some of Rachel and Mycroft’s best friends in Australia are POCs, but they obviously didn’t show up too much in this book since they’re back in Australia. As a result, there wasn’t a whole lot of diversity going on in this book, which is a shame – hopefully there’ll be more diversity in the third book.
As I already mentioned, this book takes place in London, with the born-in-England Mycroft and the born-and-raised-in-Australia Rachel. As a result, it’s a bit of a culture shock for Rachel, especially since she’s already in a stressful situation, and that I thought it was interesting to see a city I’ve never been to through the eyes of someone else who hasn’t been there.
I really don’t think I need to say much more about the romance. There are some steamy scenes between Rachel and Mycroft, and I am definitely fully on board with this ship now – I need more!
The climax is quite dramatic and definitely had me turning the pages quickly to see how everything was going to wrap up. It ended with some family issues and unresolved things that have me super-excited to get my hands on the last book.
Even though I liked the first book in this series, this sequel definitely improved upon it and made a true fan out of me. I can’t wait to see how everything ends in the third (and final, I’m pretty sure) book.