Series: Every #3
Published by Allen & Unwin on March 1st, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery
The sequel to Every Breath and Every Word. After the dramatic events of London, a road trip back to her old home in Five Mile sounds good (in theory) to Rachel Watts, with her brother Mike in the driving seat. But when Mike picks up his old buddy – the wildly unreliable Harris Derwent – things start to go south. Back in Melbourne, Rachel’s ‘partner in crime’, James Mycroft, clashes with Harris, and then a series of murders suggest that the mysterious Mr Wild – Mycroft’s own personal Moriarty – is hot on their tail. When tragedy strikes, Rachel and Mycroft realise they’ll have to recruit Harris and take matters into their own hands…
On an absolute feels high, it was inevitable that I had to read Every Move immediately after Every Word, finishing my binge of what is now one of my all-time favorite series. Intense action, thrills, and romance make for an addictive and engrossing read.
Holy intensity, Batman. Every Move pulls no punches. The stakes are high – like insanely high. After Every Word, I think it was generally understood that Wild is not a friendly guy… But in Every Move, he gets possibly even scarier. Murders start littering the streets of Melbourne, bodies resembling those of Rachel and Mycroft, sending a clear message that they are in danger. A secondary character who became super dear to my heart in this book ends up in mortal peril, and I felt like CRYING SO HARD FOREVER HARD. It was thrilling and action-packed, and obviously I needed to read it as quickly as humanly possible. Page turner? Absolutely.
And the climax packs a punch. Mycroft and Rachel aren’t about to just go into hiding or surrender to Wild. With their keen wits and intellect, they find out what he’s after, and there’s one final dramatic showdown. It had me on the edge of my seat, and there were some Sherlock level mindfucks and traps, making this so entertaining to read.
No worries: the romance is still mega shippy. Yeah, it doesn’t exactly start off well – Mycroft is consumed by his battle with Wild while Rachel is left dealing with PTSD after the events of Every Word. Mycroft doesn’t really win any best boyfriend awards as far as that is concerned. But oh man, I was all about Rachel’s character growth here. The PTSD stuff was for real, but she overcame it like a boss, while also reconciling with her mother (finally) and clearly fending off Harris’s advances, because even though she and Mycroft hadn’t been too close recently, that love is real. The two have so much dark shit to deal with, but they come together and are freaking unstoppable and so lovable. Maybe not enough kissing for me, but man oh man, there were plenty of feels.
So for all intents and purposes, this book was super feelsy and intense and I enjoyed every second of it – but there are two tiny things that keep me from giving it a full, perfect score. First, yeah, if you know Sherlock, you’ll probably guess who the bad guy is. I knew instantly, though it wasn’t at all that obvious. Second, oh my god, I’m so tried of YA mysteries hinging on the characters not trusting the police. I get that if they did inform them, they would get shut out of investigating, but seriously, the stakes were so high and the police had done a fine job protecting you thus far. I mean, the book was more exciting because they were on their own, but I don’t feel like that’s fully realistic. (Also, the fact that it was Rachel who lashed out and contacted Wild seemed really out of character to me.)