Source: purchased (paperback).
Genre: YA detective novel/mystery/romance.
Rachel Watts is suffering from recurring nightmares about her near-death experience in London. She just wants to forget the whole ordeal, but her boyfriend, James Mycroft, is obsessed with piecing the puzzle together and anticipating the next move of the mysterious Mr Wild – his own personal Moriarty.
So when Rachel’s brother, Mike, suggests a trip back to their old home in Five Mile, Rachel can’t wait to get away. Unfortunately, it’s not the quiet weekend she was hoping for with the unexpected company of Mike’s old school buddy, the wildly unreliable Harris Derwent.
Things get worse for Rachel when Harris returns to Melbourne with them – but could Harris be the only person who can help her move forward? Then a series of murders suggests that Mr Wild is still hot on their tails and that Mycroft has something Wild wants – something Wild is prepared to kill for.
Can Watts and Mycroft stay one step ahead of the smartest of all criminal masterminds? The stage is set for a showdown of legendary proportions…
Ellie Marney’s Sherlock-inspired trilogy got a very satisfying conclusion with Every Move. You can read my reviews of Every Breath and Every Word – but be warned that this review will inevitably contain spoilers for the first two books. I have to say that my favourite of the series is the second one, which is really interesting, because I often complain about second book syndrome (where I get the feeling the second book is just a placeholder between the beginning and the end and that the series would in fact be much better if it was a standalone or a duology). But Every Move was great, I’m not disappointed in any way.
Rachel and James are back in Melbourne after a horrifying experience in London – and Rachel has a really hard time dealing with it. It’s not just that her wounds and fractures are slow to heal, her mind is preoccupied with nightmares, feelings of being trapped, and general stress of surviving such an ordeal. I think Marney did a great job portraying this emotional state of hers, it’s very gritty and unpleasant at times, but very real, too.
James (Mycroft) is still obsessed with finding the man who calls himself Moriarty, the man who had his parents killed and who was responsible for the shit that happened in London. And Rachel can’t really deal with discussing this ad nauseam, so she’s pulling away somewhat, thinking about their relationship. Then James goes off to Bali to search for a clue – and a young man who looks remarkably like him gets murdered in Melbourne, even though it looks like an accident.
Things progress fairly quickly from then on and I can only say that the story kept me up way past my bedtime when I was bone-tired, so that’s definitely something (I cherish sleep these days like I never did before). There’s a little hint at a love triangle that I found largely unnecessary, but I liked the addition of a new character to the fairly small regular cast – though I prefer the limited number of characters, they’re better fleshed-out that way.
I’ll definitely be looking out for Ellie Marney’s next book, whenever it arrives. If you’re still in doubt whether or not you should read this series, I can assure you that it’s really good throughout and even goes out with a bang, which is rare these days, I think.
Have you read this series? What did you think?
What’s your favourite Sherlock retelling (or a similar detective story)?
I’d love to hear from you! :)