Written by Ellie Marney
Contemporary, Mystery Thriller
Published September 2013
Published by Allen and Unwin
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Rachel Watts has just moved to Melbourne from the country, but the city is the last place she wants to be. James Mycroft is her neighbour, an intriguingly troubled seventeen year old who's also a genius with a passion for forensics.Despite her misgivings, Rachel finds herself unable to resist Mycroft when he wants her help investigating a murder. He's even harder to resist when he's up close and personal, and on the hunt for a cold-blooded killer.When Rachel and Mycroft follows the murderer's trail, they find themselves in the lion's den, literally. A trip to the zoo will never have quite the same meaning again...
It's been four months since the Watts family farm foreclosed, and Rachel and her family have been forced to relocate to Melbourne. Since moving, she and neighbour James Mycroft have been inseparable. Best friends, she is the country girl stifled by uptight city living, with Mycroft being her bright and eccentric offsider. But when the two teens discover a murder scene outside the Melbourne Zoo after dark, Mycroft's forensic obsession takes over. The police assume the murder was nothing more than a sport killing of the homeless man who is only known as Homeless Dave. But with his trusted canine friend missing, Mycroft believes that his companion may just hold the key to solving the murder.
Every Breath is a phenomenal thriller from a Brilliant Australian author in Ellie Marney. It follows the story of Watts and Mycroft, who are on a strictly last name basis. Both dynamic characters in their own right, but share an intense attraction.
He said if Sherlock had Watson, it was only fair that Mycroft should have Watts.
Mycroft is a young man without supervision, living in a run down, ramshackle house with his absent aunt. His bedroom housing a makeshift laboratory, and follows his passion of forensics which entertain his inquisitive mind. He's charming yet dysfunctional, and doesn't adhere well to the classroom. Watts is the country girl stuck in the city, and is expected to provide a positive influence in Mycroft's life. Something her parents don't approve of. But Mycroft isn't just a troubled young man, he has a bright, brilliant mind and struggles with grief each day.
I absolutely adored Mycroft and Watts, as individuals and as an incredible duo. The two teens have befriended a homeless man and his dog Poodle, who reside in the parklands surrounding the Royal Melbourne Zoo. But when they discover Homeless Dave has been brutally killed, they soon realise the police aren't interested in finding the assailant and Mycroft takes it upon himself to seek justice for Dave. What ensues is a grim and heartbreaking adventure, which will leave you on the edge of your seat.
Ellie Marney is a natural storyteller, creating realistic, flawed characters that will adhere themselves to readers. I simply adored the slow burning romance, the intensity of the attraction between Mycroft and Watts only added to the suspense. It was simplistic, beautifully written and cemented Ellie Marney as an instant favourite on my shelves.