Every Word by Ellie Marney

Every Word (Every #2) by Ellie Marney
Published 2014 by Allen & Unwin.

Links: Goodreads.

Source: purchased (paperback).

Genre: YA crime/mystery/romance.

My rating:

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! :)

  • YES^^ this is exactly what I was hoping for with this book – my copy arrived a few weeks back but I haven’t had the chance to dig it yet. I adored Every Breath so I’m dying to get into this one and discover what’s in store for Mycroft and Watts :D Fantastic review!! <3

    • Thanks, Micheline! :) I hope you’ll get to it soon, it’s one of those books you read in a night or two, it refuses to let go.

  • Maraia

    I’ve missed your reviews! I’m impatiently waiting for this book to be available through Inter-Library Loan, but I think it will take a while. I’m glad to hear it didn’t disappoint. I was already feeling some major swoons in the first book, so I can’t wait to see how the ship progresses. :D
    I haven’t read or watched too many Sherlock retellings, but I did enjoy Anthony Horowitz’s “Moriarty” earlier this year. Don’t expect any romance in it, though. I also just won an ARC for “A Study in Charlotte,” so I’ll let you know how that is once I’ve read it.

    • Thanks, Maraia! I missed my reviews, too. :) Well, waiting for a book can be a good thing, it’ll whet your appetite. And YES, major swoons continue to be awesome and it’s a wonder these two don’t spontaneously combust.
      Thanks for the recs, I’ll check them out – I don’t necessarily need romance in my books ;)

  • I just finished Every Breath and I am so glad to hear that the second book is just as good as Breath is. xD Definitely going to have to try and get a copy of this one ASAP! Thanks for sharing Kaja and, as always, fabulous review! <3

    • If you liked Every Breath, I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy this one, too! :) I was afraid of the second book suffering like they so often do, but I think it’s just as good as the first one.
      And thanks! :)