Every Word picks up where Every Breath (KBR review) left off, with the action and pace high. Between hard-hitting Roller Derby finals, adjusting to being more than just friends with James and the pressure of school, Rachel’s life is pretty full.

James’s world, on the other hand, is tilted out of control by the discovery of a carjacking in England that is uncannily similar to the one that killed his parents seven years before.

James talks his boss into taking him along as Assistant Investigator on the British-based case without revealing his own history of emotional carnage. He leaves Australia without saying goodbye.

Rachel is furious at not being kept in the loop and worried that the whole experience will cause James to implode. She books a flight and follows him to England without telling her parents.

The stakes are raised way beyond those in Every Breath with each question answered leading to more questions. The tone is set for action drama in the tradition of Sherlock Holmes’ thrillers. Violent scenes leave nothing to the imagination at times, but it’s all in keeping with the story.

While the pages turn slowly at first in Every Word, it’s not long before they are flying. This is another winning thriller from Ellie Marney.

Title: Every Word
Author: Ellie Marney
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, $18.99 RRP
Publication Date: June 2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781743316511
For ages: 13+
Type: Young Adult Fiction
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