***It’s always difficult to read the final book in a series. Along with quite a bit of excitement, I find reading final books leaves me with an undeniable sense of sadness. Suddenly I have to say goodbye to characters I’ve come to know and love, without the comfort of another instalment waiting in the wings. Every Move was no exception. If you’ve read my reviews of Every Breath and Every Word, you’ll know I love this series. It’s exceptional, and I couldn’t have hoped for a more fitting finale in Every Move. I’ll be keeping this review spoiler free for those who haven’t already started the series. Every Word was intense and Every Move reflects this, exploring Rachel’s PTSD and the deterioration of her relationship with Mycroft and her parents. These elements were a major focus of Every Move, as was the mystery that’s been building throughout the series. This was refreshing to see in a mystery series, where traumatic events sometimes seem to have little affect on characters. Marney’s own experience with PTSD meant Rachel’s story felt incredibly real, something which made for uncomfortable reading at times. There’s slightly less focus on the Mycroft and Watts partnership in Every Move. In its place, we got a closer look at Rachel’s relationship with brother Mike, as well as a greater understanding of their past life in Five Mile. I really enjoyed this, as it’s been such an important part of Rachel’s character. It was great to take that journey back to Rachel’s home and childhood memories. Key to this exploration is new character Harris, who moves into the Watts household after Rachel and Mike visit their old farmhouse. I absolutely loved this addition to the series and the cheeky sense of rivalry Harris brought to the Watts and Mycroft dynamic. While I loved the Holmes and Watson feel to Every Breath, it has been refreshing to see Marney carve out her own unique series in the following books rather than creating a full-on adaptation in the style of Sherlock or Elementary. The beauty of the Every series is that it doesn’t rely solely on thrilling mysteries, with powerful, loveable characters just as crucial to its appeal. With a strong and compelling conclusion to a mystery that’s been burning throughout, Every Move is the perfect end to Rachel and Mycroft’s story. Sounds like: Worry || Free
Thank you to Allen & Unwin for providing a copy of the book for review.
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