Series: Every #3
Published by: Allen & Unwin
ISBN 13: 9781743318539
Published: March 2015
Format reviewed: Paperback from publisher
Site: Author Site
Goodreads: Book Page
Stars: Four out of Five
Related Reviews: Every Word (#2 Every)
Every Move is the third and final book in the Every trilogy by Ellie Marney – though I’m hoping for more books, set in England as they work/study, as alluded to at the end of the book (though I found that a little hard to believe, the perks for Rachel also don’t seem likely or necessary as I’m sure they would make it happen without that.
That aside, and going back to the start of the book, we have both Rachel and James trying to cope with the pretty awful things that happened to them in England. They’re now back home in Melbourne and trying to just get on with their lives – school, studying, friends and so on. Rachel’s family are a bit tense with her as she just ran off without warning all the way to England, and to make matters worse, her brothers mate Harris from their old home, a small farming town, has come to join them in the city to get away from his alcoholic and abusive father. On the good side, he realises Rachel’s night terrors and inability to be touched can be helped by teaching Rachel to defend herself… on the bad side, it sparks a bit of a love triangle. Which makes things even more stressy for Rachel, and took a bit of the enjoyment from the book somewhat for me, though I’m very glad it didn’t go into anything serious ‘who will I choose’ kinda thing.
Harris and James clash from the first moment they meet (as Rachel is dancing in Harris’ arms at a school dance, thinking James was still in Bali, trying to hunt down more information), yet they do manage to work together in the end as they see each other’s skills and understand their first point of concern is caring for Rachel.
All in all this book is a roller-coaster of action and excitement as the things Mr Wild (their Moriarty) will seemingly stop at nothing to antagonise them and get what he wants. Throughout I found it mostly believable (at times I wondered why he didn’t just send in some goon into their actual house, but guessed he wanted to play with them instead), and found the last scenes so hard to put down and hard to stop flipping the pages as quickly as possible I had to make a concentrated effort to read it through slowly.
What’s really strong in this book is how Rachel and James both deal with what they’ve gone through – it’s interesting to see their thought processes. James tends to throw himself even deeper in his work until he collapses or explodes, and Rachel tunes out coldly into PTSD, unable to cope or react. I found them both realistic and heartfelt, and love that they helped each other through it in the end.
The characters really spark in this novel, and I have to say that I’m sad that it’s over. I loved them in England and really hope we see them return there, maybe in a second trilogy set five years later. I’d love to see them tackle smaller crimes and other criminals we see in the books!