***You know how sometimes the second book in a series can be a total let down? Every Word is not that book. In this, Marney takes everything that was brilliant about Every Breath and ramps it up to a whole new level. If haven’t read this series yet, you really need to catch up! In Every Word, everything is a little darker and a whole lot more serious than the first book. It was exciting to see the thread of mystery about Mycroft’s parents coming to prominence in this and I can’t wait to see where things go in Every Move. In Every, Marney has crafted a truly engaging series which ticks so many boxes. The plots are thrilling and mysterious and the characters relatable with fully fleshed out relationships that don’t sink into the background. There is so much tension in this book. So much. And it’s not just to do with sleuthing. Needless to say I loved the way Rachel and Mycroft’s relationship developed in this. However, I will say I thought some of Rachel’s decisions were extremely irresponsible. But hey, she’s a teenager after all and we all make mistakes. I was glad Mycroft finally started to trust her though, and their relationship was stronger because of that. I’m excited to see where book three will take this cute pair. While I really enjoyed the Aussie feel of Every Breath, I adored the fresh London setting of Every Word. London is somewhere I’d desperately love to visit and there’s no other novel that’s made me want to go there more than this. Although, hopefully I won’t get involved with a bunch of criminals when I finally do get there! It was great to see London through Rachel’s eyes and it’s obvious Marney’s research in the city paid off. Every Word was an absolutely kick-ass sequel to Every Breath. This brilliant, character-driven mystery series should be a must-read for fans of Aussie YA.
Thank you to Allen & Unwin for providing a copy of the book for review.