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Friday, 13 February 2015

Review: Every Move

Every Move, the final book in this high action, teenage sleuthing thriller trilogy is the best yet. The stakes are always high, but the prospect of entire families being in danger makes this story more blood pounding than the others. The knowledge that this is the last book in the series also hovers, making survival for our heroes uncertain in the extreme.

Ellie Marney starts by putting me inside the head and heart of Rachel Watts as she struggles with Post Traumatic Stress. Rachel is plagued by nightmares from her kidnapping in England. Being hugged sets off a fight or flight reflex within her, so she feels trapped. Mycroft, meanwhile is so caught up with his pursuit of the mastermind behind Rachel’s kidnapping and his parents’ murder that he doesn’t notice Rachel’s distress.

Then a guy turns up dead: a guy who looks freakishly like Mycroft, but it isn’t him. The warning from Mr Wild is clear: back off, you are getting too close.

I could not put Every Move down.

The action is high, but the tension is higher. It’s not just about being ambushed by a criminal mastermind. Threads of family dynamics, unrequited love, first sexual encounters, forensics and mind games all interweave to make Every Move a compulsive single-sitting read —if you have the time. Otherwise, you might yourself getting cranky with everyone and everything that gets in the way of reading to the end.

See our reviews of Every Breath and Every Word.

Title: Every Word
Author: Ellie Marney
Publisher: Allen and Unwin, $18.99 RRP
Publication Date: February 2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781743318539
For ages: 13+
Type: Young Adult

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