Review of Every Breath by Ellie Marney

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By: Ellie Marney
Release Date: October 14th 2014
Publisher: Tundra Books
Format: E-ARC
Source: NetGalley

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Rachel Watts is an unwilling new arrival to Melbourne from the country. James Mycroft is her neighbour, an intriguingly troubled seventeen-year-old genius with a passion for forensics. Despite her misgivings, Rachel finds herself unable to resist Mycroft when he wants her help investigating a murder. And when Watts and Mycroft follow a trail to the cold-blooded killer, they find themselves in the lion’s den – literally.

A night at the zoo will never have quite the same meaning again…

My Rating:

My Thoughts:
Nikki from There Were Books Involved was the first person I saw mentioning this book. After she linked to it I knew I had to request it because “what if Sherlock Holmes was the boy next door?” Can we say, dream come true? So, I requested this without much thought at all.

Soon after that glorious email saying I had access to the book I started to think…Mycroft….

I got a tad worried. I love Mycroft but I wasn’t so sure I wanted him to be that boy next door.  I went into this wanting Sherlock, not the older Holmes. So I was a bit apprehensive. Ok, not too much but a tiny bit.

No need to worry! James Mycroft was swoon-worthy, complex, compelling and incredibly original in his own right. I was pleased that the characters of Watts and Mycroft were a fun play off the Sherlock mythology but not a carbon copy.  You can easily see the author’s admiration for Doyle’s classic characters.

I was instantly swept up into Jame’s character and watching him develop through the eyes of Rachel Watts was a complete pleasure. Their chemistry was perfection and Rachel was likeable and relatable. I thought that each of these characters held their own but shone while together. And the secondary cast was not forgotten either. Mycroft and Watt’s friend group was wonderfully represented and equally engaging.

The mystery Marney created was fun to ponder though it wasn’t overly complex to guess who the villain was. I felt that she utilized the suspense and mystery very well and the final showdown was action packed. This was a quick read that kept me highly entertained and glued to the pages. The real driving force for me in this book was the relationship between Mycroft and Watts. I absolutely loved their interactions, pining and anything related to the two of them.

Once finishing Every Breath I was distraught that I could not continue the series immediately. The book ended in a great place, no horrible cliff-hangers or anything but I was so invested in the characters I wasn’t ready to say goodbye just yet. I’ve since ordered Every Word because I must have it.

Final Thoughts:
I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted when I started Every Breath other than a complex relationship between the lead characters and a smart, hard to know main character to fall in love with. I got all of this plus a fun and entertaining book that left me wanting much more.


  1. says

    Nikki could pretty much be the sole advertiser of this book and she could get the entire world to read it! I had the same Mycroft apprehension as you when I was about to dig in but that all disappeared because the characters were just golden. The chemistry was amazing. I can’t wait for you to dig into Every Word. It’s…so goooooood!

    • says

      I NEED my copy of Every Word to arrive. It is taking so loooong. Not really, it just feels like it is because I want it so badly. Nikki is SO good at advertising the books she loves 🙂

  2. says

    I feel so stupid because it took me until the end of the review to realise that Watts is a play on Watson *facepalm*. Though this book sounds really cool, I don’t often read mysteries though, but I may look into it more 🙂

    • says

      It took me a tiny bit reading to get that too! haha. I’ve just recently gotten into mystery ya and it’s a really fun genre. this would be a great one to try if you get in the mood.

  3. says

    *snorts-giggles at Mycroft’s GIF*
    Okay then, I will be adding this book to the wish list immediately! Complex relationships between characters and a plot to keep you glued to the page? I’m all for it!
    Great review, Kristen!

    • says

      haha, yep, it made me laugh too. I’m embracing GIFs and wondering why I never had until now. They are so much fun. I think you’d really love this book Pili!

  4. says

    Aw, yay 😀 I’m glad you enjoyed this book so much Kristen. <3 Amazing review. I have heard so many people love this book lately. I want to read it too, hih. Hopefully one day 😀

  5. says

    I have SO much love for this series. Plus, I think the second book is even better! I’m pretty obsessed with Mycroft + Watts – their relationship/romance is one of the best I’ve ever read. Very happy to hear you liked it lots too. 😉

    • says

      Yes! I loved this and I have Every Word on order. Hoping my copy will arrive any day. I’m so excited to hear you might prefer it over the first.

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