***I’m a sucker for a good murder mystery/crime drama. I love TV shows like Blue Heelers, The Bill, and Bones. However, I’ve rarely been able to find a murder mystery novel which can match the fast paced action and, dare I say it, relationship tension which make these shows such compelling viewing. Every Breath is (if you’ll excuse the ridiculous cliche) a breath of fresh air. Finally a book with a cracking mystery, witty dialogue, and fabulous main characters. And an Aussie YA one at that! From the start Every Breath hooked me. Mycroft and Rachel’s investigation was the perfect combination of sniffing for clues and scientific research. There was enough forensics to make the story believable, without turning it into a jargon-filled procedural. Of course, the chemistry between the two sleuths also helped keep everything fresh and exciting. There were quite a few times when I found myself laughing – something I didn’t really expect from a crime novel. In fact, it’s relationships between characters and emotional connections which make shows like Heartbeat, Blue Heelers and Bones some of my favourite. Needless to say I am thrilled that the next two books in the series are released later this year. Watts and Mycroft were both really interesting characters. The best bit is that although Mycroft is a teenage Sherlock Holmes, Watts is by no means his sidekick. No, these two are an equal partnership. In fact, Watts reminded me a little of Veronica Mars. She is a really relatable and easily likeable character. She’s trying to find her feet in the bustling city, mourning the loss of her childhood home and the solitude of the country. The struggles with her family were really touching and I was relieved to see they were somewhat solved towards the end. Although, at times her parents did make me really angry as I felt they didn’t give her enough credit for all the effort she put into fulfilling her new responsibilities. Mycroft’s family history was even more compelling and I really hope we get even more insight into what happened to his parents in the following books. There were one or two times I suspended my belief over events, but this never bothers me if the mystery is really interesting and the characters are sassy enough. After all, there seems to be an element of that in almost every crime drama on TV as well! Every Breath is a fast paced and completely engaging YA crime thriller. It’s a fantastic debut from Aussie author Ellie Marney and one which kept me guessing until the very end. I can’t wait to see where the rest of the series takes Watts and Mycroft.
Thank you to Allen & Unwin for providing a copy of the book for review.