Friday, September 9, 2016

Review: Every Word

Every Word by Ellie Marney
Every #2
Published September 8th 2015 by Tundra Books

Sparks fly when Watts follows Mycroft to London in this second steamy thriller about the teen crime-fighting duo.

James Mycroft has just left for London to investigate a car accident similar to the one that killed his parents without saying good-bye to his partner in crime, Rachel Watts.

Rachel is furious and worried about his strange behavior—not that Mycroft’s ever exactly normal, but London is the scene of so many of his nightmares. Unable to resist, 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?
Every Word is the follow up to my favorite contemporary read of last year: Every Breath.  It's no big secret that I rarely read contemporaries but a mystery + romance featuring a young Sherlock is impossible not to love in my case.  After I read Every Breath I remember dying to know what would happen next. I pre-ordered Every Word months before it came out, but since there's always hundreds of books waiting for a book reviewer, I only got around to reading it now but it turned out to be exactly what I needed.

Every Word is set 8 weeks after the events of Every Breath and it begins by telling us how much can change in a very little amount of time.  Indeed, Rachel Watts or protagonist and James Mycroft are both testaments to that effect.  Their world was more or less turned upside down in their previous adventure so both are dealing with the aftermath of that in their own way.  And now that the two best friends and neighbours have developed a romantic relationship on top of it all, things are...complicated. For one, Mycroft is a brainiac who has yet to even face the demons in his past - let alone what's right in front of him. Why are the clever ones always so dim when it comes to their feelings?

Before long, Mycroft's turmoil becomes impossible to ignore as jets from Australia to London without so much as a goodbye to investigate a case similar to the one that killed his parents and Watts knows that this might just be too much for Mycroft to face alone so she sets off in pursuit!  Both of them end up neck deep in a dangerous mystery: a priceless copy of Shakespeare's folio has gone missing and there's already been a murder that might be linked to it all. While they try to piece together the mystery, they're also trying to unravel how they feel about one another and things get...complicated.

Every Word was a very quick read for me. I was hooked from the first chapters and quickly reminded why I fell in love with this series to begin with.  The characters are incredibly compelling to me and their chemistry is off the charts. The mystery isn't my main reason for reading these but it got my attention and surprised me more than once along the way. I'm not going to sit here and tell you that the story was perfect or that the mystery was befitting of the real Sherlock Holmes but I will say this: these characters and their adventure kept me glued to the pages just as the first book did. I wanted to be there every step of the way while they figured things out but the journey was much more important to me than the destination and in that respect, Every Word delivered.

The ending literally has me begging for the conclusion, which isn't available in North America yet and with no release date in sight, I might just have to order it from The Book Despository - thus breaking my rule about matching book covers. YES I NEED the conclusion THAT BAD.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars



  1. "Why are the clever ones always so dim?" Ha is that true or what? :) This sounds really good- glad you liked it! I love it when a book hooks me right from the beginning, and surprises me too. Sounds like this one did both. And a missing Shakespeare folio- I always love a missing rare book.

    1. LOL! I'm glad it's not just me who sees them that way XD As much as I'm no pro with contemporaries, I know what I like...and I really like this series^^ It's the combination of a young Sherlock, a female Watson, mystery and romance that really works for me ♥ And YES I loved the missing Shakespeare folio aspect!!

  2. I love this series. It's always good when a sequel is as good as the first book and Marney really delivers on this.

    The characters make this story, I think, Rachel is such a great young woman! And you're right, their chemistry is fantastic. I didn't know the US version wasn't available yet! I liked the conclusion a lot, so I hope you will, too.

    1. Same here and I agree completely^^

      Yeah apparently the series isn't doing as well in the North America which is a shame! At least there's Book Depository to save the day :D

  3. I'll probably pick this up eventually; I was definitely curious about what happened to Mycroft's parents. And a missing copy of Shakespeare's First Folio? Very intriguing indeed! I'm happy to hear that this was a compelling sequel for you! :D

    1. Oh yeah, I remember that you didn't like the first book as much as I did! Well the romance and suspense certainly kicked things up this time around so I hope you have better luck with this one when you pick it up :D

  4. I'm not a big reader of contemps either, having only really enjoyed 1 or 2, but I will say that with the mystery and Sherlock aspects, this one does sound like one that I would probably like. It's great that it was one you gobbled down so quickly - that's a sign of an excellent book! Great review :D

    1. Same here my friend^^ I might read 1 or 2 a year generally and while I've been lucky with some, it's not enough to get me reading them any more than I do. I do enjoy a good mystery, a hot romance AND Sherlock of course ;)


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