By: Ellie Marney
Available in Print.
Publication: October 14th, 2014 by Tundra Books
Genre(s): Mystery, Contemporary, Thriller
My rating: 5 Stars
Synopsis: When James Mycroft drags Rachel Watts off on a night mission to the Melbourne Zoo, the last thing she expects to find is the mutilated body of Homeless Dave, one of Mycroft’s numerous eccentric friends. But Mycroft’s passion for forensics leads him to realize that something about the scene isn’t right–and he wants Watts to help him investigate the murder. While Watts battles her attraction to bad-boy Mycroft, he’s busy getting himself expelled and clashing with the police, becoming murder suspect number one. When Watts and Mycroft unknowingly reveal too much to the cold-blooded killer, they find themselves in the lion’s den–literally. A trip to the zoo will never have quite the same meaning to Rachel Watts again…
“What if Sherlock Homes was the boy next door?”
Every Breath is a modern spin on Sherlock Homes, but with two teen sleuths, one murder, a whole bunch of lions, and one adorable romance between two characters with immense chemistry. Set in Melbourne, Australia, we follow Rachael Watts (Elementary, my dear Watson!) as she adjusts to life in the city, and forms a friendship with her clever, curious, and slightly eccentric neighbor, James Mycroft. I had so much fun following these two protagonists as they ran all around the city together, trying to find the murderer of one of Mycroft’s friends. Scaling buildings and being thrown into a lions’ den were only some of the adventures these two had, but the story as a whole focused on many aspects such as family, friendship, love, abuse, murder, and mental illness.
One of the best things about this book was the characters. Rachel and Mycroft were such lovable, flawed, and unique characters. Though they were a team, both of them had their own pasts and problems, and were not afraid to argue with each other. There was so much whit and banter between them and I loved every moment of it. With these characters comes great chemistry that eventually leads to an amazing romance.
“If you looked inside his brain at this moment you’d see all the little synapses, Catherine wheels and penny bangers and skyrockets, all firing off into space in some sparkling display of gathering momentum. I don’t want to look into his brain. Looking into his eyes is bad enough.”
As for the setting, I felt like I was transported into a cross between London and Australia! Though I had to look up a few Aussie words and phrases, I was excited to be plunging into such a realistic setting of a place that I’ve never experienced in a book before. The setting was written with so much detail and I felt like I could be right next to Mycroft and Rachel, with my two feet on the ground in Melbourne, Australia.
Summing up: A fun debut full of clues, dangerous and risky situations, and two teens sleuths who you’ll have to make room for in your heart, or at least mark them down on your list of favorite characters. I know I did.
~Mary Claire, Indy PL Teen
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