Book Review: Every Breath by Ellie Marney

18080011Title: Every Breath

Author: Ellie Marney

Format/Length: Paperback/355 pages

Publisher/Date Published: Allen & Unwin/September 2013

Category/Genre: Young Adult/Mystery-Thriller

Source: Library

Description: Rachel Watts is an unwilling new arrival to Melbourne from the country. James Mycroft is her neighbour, an intriguingly troubled seventeen-year-old genius with a passion for forensics. Despite her misgivings, Rachel finds herself unable to resist Mycroft when he wants her help investigating a murder. And when Watts and Mycroft follow a trail to the cold-blooded killer, they find themselves in the lion’s den – literally.

A night at the zoo will never have quite the same meaning again…

4/5 stars —



Reasons you should read this book:

1) It’s thrilling, mysterious, with just the right amount of romance.

2) It’s set in Australia — and also written by an Aussie author!

3) It’s addictive. I stayed up to about two in the morning finishing it.

4) The last names of the two lead characters are Watts and Mycroft.

If those aren’t enough reasons to make you want to read this book, then I don’t know what is, because this book was fabulous. I pretty much devoured this book within a few hours, and stayed up much later than I should have, but it was worth it. This year I’ve read quite a few disappointing reads this year, and when I picked up this novel, I’d had it recommended to me quite a few times. I’ll admit: I was sceptical. What convinced me to read this book was the fact that it set in Australia. Sometimes I neglect Australian YA fiction, and earlier this year I told myself I was going t try to read more novels that were set in Australia — or written by Australian authors.


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This novel drew me in from the first sentence. Not that many books to that to me. Usually I will have to wait it out for a few chapters until something hooking happens, but right from the get-go I knew I was going to really love this novel. I’m not sure what it was about the first couple of chapters that pulled me in so quickly, but I think it was because of the main character’s voice. It was different, fun, fresh, and Rachel was a really likeable character. (So was Mycroft, but he has a British accent, so that kind of goes without saying.) She was the sort of main character that I especially look for in the Young Adult category — a realistically vulnerable character, but with quirks and sarcasm.

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Another aspect of the novel I liked: The relationship between Mycroft and Rachel. Yes, it goes without saying that their relationship does eventuate into something more than just friend, but it doesn’t begin out that way. Though I loved the way their relationship developed into a romance, I also really enjoyed the way they worked together as friends, before they realized their feelings towards each other. You know those books were you’re cringing through the romantic scenes, where you feel like the author hasn’t properly developed the chemistry between the two characters, as if the writer is rushing the romance? I didn’t have that problem with this book. Their romance developed wonderfully through the novel.

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What? I needed at least one picture of Mycroft!

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So here are my overall thoughts on the novel: Read it. It’s well worth the read, and I promise that you won’t regret it. It’ll leave you wanting more once you’ve done. The writing is solid the whole way through the novel, the main and side characters are likeable (well, apart from the killer, but that kind of goes without saying…) — and I can’t wait until I can get my hands on a copy of Every Word.

Have you read Every Breath? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments!


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