Before I even start this review, let me start of by saying that you’re going to read these books.
You just are. It’s a requirement of.
You just have to read them, okay????
Usually I do five reasons to read books. So let’s go with that again.
FIVE VERY DEFINITE REASONS TO READ THIS SERIES.
1) Ellie Marney is Australian (you already know it’s going to be brilliant) and is just so lovely.
2) Sherlock, people. It’s Sherlock but YA.
3) Two books are set in Australia – one city, one rural. Then one book’s in London. The sense of setting is completely incredible.
4) Everything is so real. The characters are SO well-developed and there are no ridiculous love triangles or whatever. This is, of course, because the characters are Australian, and therefore better than any other characters (this is a very objective opinion, I swear).
5) Um, did I mention the totally awesome romance between Mycroft and Rachel? *swoons*
Okay. And now the actual review.
Author: Ellie Marney
Genre: YA crime/thriller/retelling
Published by: Allen and Unwin
Published on: 1st March 2015
Source: review copy (ETERNAL GRATITUDE TO A&U)
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…
Right, so, I’m going to try and do this with as little flailing as possible.
If you haven’t read the first two books in the series, look away now. I’m not saying there’ll be spoilers for the first two, but I’m not saying there WON’T be, if you get my meaning.
Okay, so, in this book, we see a very different side to both Rachel and Mycroft. Rachel has PTSD, and it is portrayed SO, SO well.
Ellie Marney actually wrote a blog post on her own experience of PTSD.
Basically, it’s a very real portrayal of people after a horrific event, which I think is something missing from a LOT of YA. I mean, seriously, you’ve got people fighting Voldemort and whatever, and they keep functioning perfectly fine?
(Harry Potter’s a bad example, because he does show signs of PTSD, but you get my drift)
The characters in this series are probably one of its greatest strengths.
Well, you know, along with the incredible plot that has both elements of the original story and adds to it in a breath-taking, can’t-stop-reading way.
Oh, and also? Harris.
HARRIS DERWENT, let me love you.
This guy. I swear to god. He is one of my favourite characters EVER. He’s funny and genuine and he helps Rachel cope and he’s just BRILLIANT and I’m so glad it didn’t turn into a love triangle.
Also, the news on the grape-vine is that Ellie Marney’s next book will be a spin-off starring Harris which…
It’s sexy, dark and so very real. Ellie Marney will take you to places you’ll never forget.
Have I convinced you yet?
It’s only March, but I have a feeling this will be one of my favourite books of the year.
Though I’m sad to leave Rachel and Mycroft behind, I loved the ending to this trilogy. Now they can sit proudly on my bookshelf until I decide to reread them (it might be sooner than I expect!).
Rating: 5 Wondrous Stars
While you’re reading this, Emily’s probably doing an exam. Or maybe procrastinating on studying for one. She’s also trying to finish this draft of her contemporary WIP so she can (finally) start querying.