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Monday, 30 September 2013

Review: Every Breath

Once Every Breath takes off, it’s hard to put down. When hard times hit the farm, Rachel Watts and her family are forced to leave. Hoping for better prospects, they resettle in the inner suburbs of Melbourne. James Mycroft lives two doors down from their new home.  He is both brilliant and volatile; his internet identity is Diogenes, a forensic science obsessive.

While Rachel struggles with the fallout that comes with being torn from the world she loves, Mycroft has parallel struggles of his own. Together they form late night habits that include taking food to a homeless guy, until one night they find old Dave murdered.

Watts and Mycroft work their way through crimes scenes and hidden clues, finding each other in the process. Amid visiting the morgue, scaling dodgy scaffolding and school suspensions, there’s never a dull moment.

This is a book you can easily get lost in for a few hours. Physical, emotional, sexual and forensic tensions compete for attention as the pages fly and then the real danger emerges. In the end, I had to keep reading. I needed to know if Mycroft and Watts could manage to make it out alive.

Unputdownable. (Is that even a word?)

Title: Every Breath
Author: Ellie Marney
Publisher: Allen &Unwin, $18.99 RRP
Publication Date: September 2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978174331629
For ages: 13+
Type: Young adult

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