Review: Every Word by Ellie Marney

EveryWordSeries: Every #2
Published by: Allen & Unwin
ISBN 13: 9781743316511
Published: June 2014
Pages: 340
Format reviewed: Paperback from publisher
Site: Author Site
Goodreads: Book Page
Stars: Five out of Five
Related Reviews: Every Move (Every #3)

‘Every Word’ is the second book in the Every series by Ellie Marney, with the third book, ‘Every Move’ due out March 2015. This is a series that pays homage to Sherlock Holmes in both reference and names, and some it does well and some you have to not take too seriously.

This book picks up directly from the first book, and the characters are suffering the effects from their previous adventure but are also enjoying the relationships which have come from this. Our main character Rachel now has boyfriend James Mycroft, and her brother also has a girlfriend from the hospital that they became fast friends with, who become vital characters of his part in the series.

James Mycroft is an eccentric character and Rachel is the one who really gets through to him. At times he still shuts her out, unable to deal with what happened to him seven years ago when a car accident killed his parents and left him with both physical and mental scars. Though this book we get confirmation that the ‘accident’ part of the car accident had a little more purpose behind it than we previously thought, and this and another mystery takes Mycroft to England with a moment’s notice, leaving Watts behind. Unable to leave him to deal with this alone, she manages to get herself to England with the help of her brother’s new girlfriend, and soon finds herself gaping at the massive stone buildings, black cabs and pubs that take up London itself.

Having this series actually see London does make it rather magical – while the characters work more or less in Melbourne (in the first book), this certainly gives it a bit of dazzle.

The events in this book leave our characters even more broken than the first book, and closer to each other for it. The adventure, action and dramatic situation that takes place manages to be realistic in how they get out of it, which is a bonus – it would have been easy for the plot to have rolled out of hand yet this remains in character and effective throughout.

I’m actually a little sad they didn’t get much time in London to simply enjoy the place! I have the third book ready and waiting to be read thanks to the publisher for sending me them both (the first I haven’t been able to review, as I was a CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia) judge in the year it came out), and I would love to see them return. Though… they’ve set up the next big baddie who’ll be out to get them in the third book, and I certainly wouldn’t return to London while he’s still on the loose!

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