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Also by this author: Every Breath
Published by Tundra Books on September 8th 2015
Genres: Coming of Age, Crime, Mystery, YA Romance, Young Adult
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'.Amazon •
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.
Mature-Content Rating: Violence, Language, Sexual Content
“‘You’re in the center, Watts. Right here.’ He touches his chest, over his heart, with his other hand. ‘You’re always in the center.’”
In this second installment of the Every series, Mycroft has been an apprentice to the forensic scientist, Professor Walsh, while Rachel has taken up roller derby. It picks up not long after the events of Every Breath with Rachel and Mycroft still on lockdown by Rachel’s parents. It is a nice change of pace in a YA book to have parents that actually monitor their own kids.
James Mycroft survived the traumatic experience from the first book with a few physical reminders, but his character seems even more determined in his forensic studies. A carjacking accident in London hits too close to home from him, reminding him of his dark past with his parents, and in this book we really get a chance to see just how broken Mycroft is.
In this book, Rachel Watts has found an adrenaline high from being with Mycroft and uses roller derby as an outlet from the emotional trauma of Every Breath. Rachel isn’t as interested in crime solving as Mycroft. She doesn’t ever act interested in solving the murder, but when she finds a clue she runs with it full force. She even makes a few deductions of her own that helps the investigators. When Mycroft leaves for London she doesn’t follow him as his girlfriend, but as a best friend. I really like that aspect of her personality; she doesn’t have to be ‘with’ Mycroft to be there for him.
Mike is a character that was really shinning for me in this book. Mike is Rachel’s older brother and though he doesn’t have much presence in the story he plays a major part. I wouldn’t mind if Mike decided to tag along with Rachel and Mycroft in the next book.
Alicia is Mike’s girlfriend and Rachel’s ticket to London. Adding Alicia really helped the plot because Rachel had no idea where anything was or how to travel in London and Alicia was a key character to get her settled. I’ve read books where the characters just magically know where to go and how to get there even if they’ve never been in the city, and it just doesn’t work well. Plus, Alicia and Mike make a very cute couple!
The plot, of course, is highly improbable (teens at crime scenes). BUT, it’s not bad in the sense that the author tried to make up excuses on why her characters were getting special treatment. It’s a YA Sherlockian book, so I went into the book knowing the plot was going to be a bit unbelievable. That aside, I loved the mystery in this book. There’s so much going on at once and became way bigger than I originally thought. And again, there’s a slight hint that we may have a Moriarty character coming soon!
Mycroft goes though the story not only solving the crime, but also trying to solve the mystery of his parents’ death, figuring out how to fix himself of his brokenness, and figuring out what part Rachel should play in his life. We also get to see more of his past as he becomes more open with Rachel.
The romance seems a little less romantic and a lot more teenage lust-a-thon. Don’t get me wrong, there are still sweet moments, but come on guys! There’s a proper time for a snog and and not-so-proper time. Layman terms: Don’t snog when your life is in danger!
Overall, Every Word is a strong sequel and every bit as entertaining as its predecessor. I recommend to readers who like YA crime/mystery with romance thrown in or for anyone that just plain out loves Sherlockian re-writes.