Rachel Watts is suffering from recurring nightmares about her near-death experience in London. She just wants to forget the whole ordeal, but her boyfriend, James Mycroft, is obsessed with piecing the puzzle together and anticipating the next move of the mysterious Mr Wild – his own personal Moriarty.
So when Rachel’s brother, Mike, suggests a trip back to their old home in Five Mile, Rachel can’t wait to get away. Unfortunately it’s not the quiet weekend she was hoping for with the unexpected company of Mike’s old school buddy, the wildly unreliable Harris Derwent.
Things get worse for Rachel when Harris returns to Melbourne with them – but could Harris be the only person who can help her move forward? Then a series of murders suggests that Mr Wild is still hot on their tails and that Mycroft has something Wild wants – something Wild is prepared to kill for.
Can Watts and Mycroft stay one step ahead of the smartest of all criminal masterminds? The stage is set for a showdown of legendary proportions…
Okay, so this book was actually released way back in 2015 (in Australia) but I only now bought a copy because I vainly hoped the US would get off it’s fat ass and publish it so that I could have a matching hardback set-I am OCD about these sorts of things. Really, I will often buy an extra copy of a book just to have either a matching copy or hardback, I’m too hard of a reader for paperbacks. But alas…the US decided to be a dumb ass about the publication of this one, and I had to get over my matching books/hardback and buy the Aussie edition. And I’m glad I did.
I freaking loved the book.
Not that I didn’t expect I wouldn’t. The past two Marney books-from this series have gotten five freaking stars (or A to A+ ratings) from me. So, it was a safe bet when I decided to read this one it would get five stars as well.
There are so many things about this book that work. From a retelling standpoint, what works is while here are nods/homages/parallels to the original Sherlock stories but was its own thing at the same time. Honestly, I have my own little fan fantasy in my head where they could actually fit Marney’s series into the BBC series or make a spinoff series with only some minor changes I think it could work. That aside though, I like the approach she took because it allowed the characters to do their own thing and it made the Mycroft/Watts relationship more likely than it would’ve been had they stayed purely in Watson and Holmes territory.
This installment, isn’t really so much as a who done it-though there is a mystery to some degree but not near to the extent of the earlier books. There is, however, a lot of character growth that I appreciate. Both leads have to come to terms with what happened to them in London, and they both deal with it differently. I have to say the aspects of PTSD felt fairly realistic to me, and I liked Watts’ interactions with her mother.
I also really like Marney’s version of Sherlock. Often the Sherlock character can come off as cartoonish, butJames isn’t. This character I don’t think is a functioning sociopath like other Sherlock’s, but a complex human who is dealing with a lot.
I also really liked the portrayal of the two characters’ relationship. It felt realistic as far as teen YA relationships do. Watts and Mycroft have their ups and downs, but overall the relationship is fairly healthy and their interactions felt realistic. Even awkward at times, which is always a joy to read about in YA. To say the least, I ship the hell out of these two.
Now, there is a bit of a love triangle in this one, but it’s not really a love triangle. More like one sided love triangle where one of the other characters at least acknowledges that the potential love interest is attractive. It’s not though a back and fourth psychological torture Twilight triangle so I’ll give it props for that.
I felt like the series wrapped itself up nicely here. Am I glad to see it gone, no…but I thought it was a good place to stop and I did think Marney did a nice job wrapping things up. It was a really good book and I will be reading pretty much anything that she publishes again soon-just won’t be wasting my time for American publishers to get some common sense and publish the shit out of her books like they should.
And really, American publisher, it’s just cruel for you not to let me have my matching set of books.
Overall Rating: An A+ a great book to start off the year.