Source: purchased (paperback).
Genre: YA crime/mystery/romance.
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.
This is the review for the second book in the Every series, so it will inevitably contain spoilers for the first part. You can read my review of Every Breath here.
It’s been a while since I’ve written a review, so bear with me. I might not be fully coherent yet (it’s also morning here and my brain has yet to wake up). Let’s see…
A Sherlock Holmes retelling! Great chemistry! London! Hot messy-haired boy! Roller derby! Where to start this review? I really enjoyed Every Breath, so I was eager to find out what Rachel and James have been up to. And Marney didn’t disappoint, the mystery is just as cool in the sequel, the relationship between the budding detectives is of the hook hot and while we start the journey in Melbourne, we soon follow Rachel on a twenty-three-hour trip to London, where James has flown to in search of his parents’ killers.
I think it goes without saying that Sherlock Holmes-inspired crime stories are my crack. I tried reading the originals, found Sherlock to be an arrogant asshole, and decided to stick with the 21st-century reinterpretations, where Watson actually has a spine.
Marney does well in this regard, Rachel Watts is one tough lady. As much as she loves James (and love him she does, even if she’s slow on realizing it sometimes), she refuses to take shit from him and is stubborn enough to match his craziness. James is a hard man to love, though, obsessed as he is with finding out what happened the night his parents were killed in a car crash.
I really liked the psychology of Marney’s leading couple (as the daughter of two psychologists, I can tell you this is a bit of a pet peeve for me). James’s struggling with his past, his volatile mood; Rachel’s inability to help and her desperate attempts to get her life into order. In YA romances, the couple dynamic is so often reduced to pointless drama and lack of communication, but I think Marney avoids that gracefully.
I’m sure it won’t take me long to break my self-imposed book buying ban and order Every Move, as I’m really excited about the finale of Rachel and James’s story.
Have you read Marney’s series? What did you think?
Can you recommend any other Sherlock-inspired stories or similar detective novels?
I’d love to hear from you! :)