Every Breath – book review

Every Breath by Ellie Marney

Every Breath is the alluring first book in its series, written by Ellie Marney.

Rachel Watts has just moved to Melbourne with her family from the country and is struggling to cope with her new life. James Mycroft is Rachel’s neighbour, a teenage genius with a love for forensics. When the pair discovers a gruesome murder, Mycroft is determined to find out who the killer is. Rachel finds herself unable to resist when Mycroft tells her that he needs her help. Together, the pair collects clues and hunts down anyone that could be suspects, until they find themselves in a lion’s den – literally! Can they stop the killer before it’s too late?

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I started off not enjoying this book, but within 20 pages I was absolutely in love with the characters and the plot. Let me explain. I’m a massive fan of BBC’s Sherlock. And I’m one of those crazy Sherlock fans that doesn’t like the American Elementary show just because it came out after Sherlock did and I felt as though I had to be loyal to Sherlock and not be one of those Elementary and Sherlock lovers/traitors. So this is what happened at the beginning of this book. I got all: No! It’s too much like Sherlock! I’ll be a Sherlock traitor if I like this book! I told myself to forget that mindset, read the book, and not think about how it is really similar to Sherlock. Wow this book was good! Maybe now I am a Sherlock traitor, but I don’t really mind.

Once I got over my little Sherlock issue, I found myself being pulled into the storyline and really enjoying reading what was going on. At first, I wasn’t completely head-over-heels for the characters. For some reason, Mycroft calling Rachel ‘Watts’, like Watson, was annoying in the beginning. And I kept picturing Mark Gatiss, the middle-aged man who plays Mycroft in Sherlock, talking to Rachel whenever it was supposed to be this tall, hot teenager Mycroft. However, soon I got used to it and really enjoyed every part of this book.

This book is basically a modern and teenage version of Sherlock Holmes and Watson, where both the characters are dealing with their own issues. Rachel Watts is a country-girl who is struggling to cope with her and her family moving to the city of Melbourne. James Mycroft had to move to Melbourne from London to live with his aunty after his parents died. Rachel and Mycroft really get along and seem to connect because they’re both struggling to find out where they belong in a world that doesn’t understand them.

At first I wasn’t too convinced that I’d love Mycroft as much as I did. He was witty and outgoing, but there wasn’t really anything in the beginning that made me think: I want him! Perhaps that’s because this book is written from Rachel’s point of view, and she doesn’t think of Mycroft as anything more than a friend… until later, at least… It was towards the end of the book that the romance ignited into a dazzling flame. But the thing I liked about this book was that the relationship between Mycroft and Rachel never seemed forced. It was completely natural, and of course awkward and teenager-y at times. And the romance between them wasn’t put there simply to attract more teenage girls to keep reading, it was an important part of the book that really showed how much Mycroft and Rachel needed each other.

The main part of this book was about solving a murder, and of course, this is where the Sherlock Holmes part comes into it. At first, I was afraid this book was going to do the Sherlock Holmes thing really badly and that it would just come off as cheesy. I was so happy to find out that it didn’t. Not at all. I felt that the mystery could have been more mysterious and the suspense more suspenseful, but overall it was a really enjoyable read. Be warned, this book is a little gruesome in parts, but nothing too horrific. I loved reading Every Breath by Ellie Marney and I’d give it a score of 8.5 out of 10. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!

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