Every Breath

Ellie Marney

Every Breath
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Every Breath

Ellie Marney

What if Sherlock Holmes was the boy next door? A smart, sexy, thriller for teenagers.

Rachel Watts is an unwilling new arrival to Melbourne from the country. James Mycroft is her neighbour, an intriguingly troubled seventeen-year-old genius with a passion for forensics.

Despite her misgivings, Rachel finds herself unable to resist Mycroft when he wants her help investigating a murder. And when Watts and Mycroft follow a trail to the cold-blooded killer, they find themselves in the lion’s den - literally. A night at the zoo will never have quite the same meaning again…


Contemporary re-imaginings of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes have proved successful of late. This debut Australian novel offers another worthwhile interpretation, with a uniquely YA approach.

“Watts” is teenage Rachel, whose family has given up their farm and moved to Melbourne following money troubles. Refreshingly, she’s not happy about living in the city, being a roll-up-your-flannel-shirtsleeves kind of girl. But one giant attraction in Melbourne, though she wouldn’t admit it, is her neighbour James Mycroft. He can’t look after himself (Watts brings him dinner every night) and is constantly in trouble, but also happens to be a genius-detective in the making. The two stumble on a murder and as the case heats up their relationship progresses with plenty of tension and lost moments.

Watts is extremely likeable – responsible but not square – while Mycroft is irresistibly rebellious but deep-down wounded. Their chemistry makes for great reading. We’re kept guessing about the crime but the author also weaves in interesting dynamics between Watts and her family, and her new city friends, making this a very thorough story with plenty of heart as well as mystery.

Emily Gale is a Children’s & YA Specialist at Readings Carlton, and a Children’s & YA writer the rest of the time.

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