*Thank you Allen and Unwin for providing me a review copy of this novel. This review will be featured in The Every Breath Australian Blog Tour*
Every Breath was a fun, deep, urban teen crime thriller of two neighbours who investigate a homicide. It's the story of Rachel Watts a former country girl who feels lost and out of place in the big city, and her neighbour James Mycroft who is eccentric, crazy but totally genius! Together the unlikely pair fit together to make a perfect match and each added something valuable to the story. Both characters had a backstory and depth to them, and their understanding and connection with each other is great to watch.
Have you ever felt a little embarrassed when even the oddly loveable badass is smarter then you? Well yes this was very much the case. Both Watts and Mycroft were geniuses and I was impressed by the conclusions they drew purely based on their own investigation. I struggle with basic science so I was like whaaaa? But the author managed to pull it off so well that I didn't look at the book the same way I view my maths equations, which is most definitely a good thing as I totally suck at maths. I'm one of those people who struggles to keep up in crime shows, my suspicions are not always accurate and I haven't ever before read Sherlock or any crime based book for that matter. So Every Breath was a exciting new experience and for me a breathe of fresh air.
It's been said that this book has a lot of Sherlock references but to be honest I didn't think to much about that because I hadn't seen it before *don't kill me*. But I'm guessing the continous calling by last name came under that category which was something I picked up on. At first I was kind of waiting for them to communicate using their actual names but eventually I got used to it and it just made it all the more special when they did use first name basis. Since I didn't have the need to draw comparisons, I was just enjoying Every Breath for what it was. A fast paced intriguing crime thriller with unique characters.
If Sherlock Holmes can have a Watson, then stands to reason that James Mycroft can have a Watts. Right?
I think it's because the characters are so flawed that they are loveable. Mycroft isn't perfect and not your typical love interest and the romance came at just a dash - but a perfect one at that - but there was still something about him that made me appreciate him and he grew on me. I wanted him and Rachel to be together. I ship them and I loved how they brought the best out in each other. Rachel was also a good voice to this story and what I felt to be a honest and relatable character.
I loved the ending of Every Breath because it was thrilling, scary, cleverly thought, scientific, realistic, filled with action and sweet. Every Breath is a great novel for new members of the crime genre and perhaps a fun rather then heavy one for crime readers. It was fun, modern and exciting and very Australian! Which I loved because not many books are set in Australia these days and this great piece of Aussie Lit was very accurate of the city scene.