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Every Second Counts by Sophie McKenzie

Every Second Counts

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A dramatic sequel to Split Second which picks up the threads of the story about Charlie and Nat, two idealistic kids living in England in a time of recession, who are determined to take a stand against terrorism. When Charlie and Nat join the English Freedom Army they think they are part of an active cell with the same principles as themselves. But the EFA has a quite different agenda – one that Nat and Charlie do not support. Can Nat and Charlie escape from the EFA and the police? And can they find anyone else who wants a political solution? Nat and Charlie tell their stories in alternate voices in this thrilling and thought provoking adventure. ~ Julia Eccleshare

If you like Sophie McKenzie you might also like to read books by Nicci French, S. J. Watson and Gillian Flynn.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Teen Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Charlotte Connolly - 'Just as fast paced as Spilt Second but ends up at a satisfying conclusion to Charlie and Nats story.' Read full review >
  • Lauren Coffman, age 14 - 'Every Second Counts was an amazing read. There was always something happening and it contained every emotion. It was a real page turner and a book I would highly recommend.' Read full review >
  • Esme Molloy, age 14 - 'This title is even more thrilling than the first. Brimming with secrets, lies, adventures, mysteries and everything else you could possibly want from a book.Will tempt even the most cautious of readers.' Read full review >
  • Lorraine Baker - 'All in all a book that I would highly recommend and that was enjoyable to read and flowed easily and were not difficult to follow.' Read full review >
  • Janet Gilliard - 'Split Second and this are a highly recommended pair of books for young adults although anyone would enjoy reading them.' Read full review >
  • Megan Abbott, age 15 - 'Every Second Counts is a book not to be missed with its gripping storyline from start to finish, as well as its in depth characters. It's a must read!' Read full review >
  • Natalie Hunter, age 12 - 'Every Second Counts was brilliant like the book before. It was filled with adventure and excitement and had some great new characters introduced. Read this book!' Read full review >
  • Rose Heathcote, age 15 - 'This book is a real page turner a must read for teenage girls and boys who enjoy a fast paced action thriller. I recommend you read Split Second first.' Read full review >
  • Hollie Compton, age 16 - 'An amazing, gripping and fast paced novel. It kept me gripped brilliantly and I couldn't read it fast enough.' Read full review >


Every Second Counts by Sophie McKenzie

Nat and Charlie are on the run, and in more danger than ever ...Nowhere is safe for Charlie and Nat. They have each other, but Roman Riley's networks could reach them at any time. Charlie believes the only option is to go undercover in Riley's team, and sneaks away from Nat to pursue her plan alone. Nat is desperate to find Charlie, but his family are in danger and Riley is coming ever closer. Even if Nat and Charlie can find each other again, could being together be even more dangerous than being apart ...?


Praise for Split Second

‘An action-packed thriller…It’ll have you on the edge of your seat…’ Sugarscape

“A terrifying, fast-paced thriller that you won’t be able to put down” - Teen Now

About the Author

Sophie McKenzie

Sophie McKenzie is the award-winning author of a range of teen thrillers, including the Missing series (Girl, Missing, Sister, Missing and Missing Me), Blood Ties and Blood Ransom and the Medusa Project series. She has also written two romance series: the Luke and Eve books and the Flynn series, which starts with the novel Falling Fast. Split Second is her first teen stand-alone novel in seven years. Sophie's first novel for adults was the psychological thriller Close My Eyes.

Sophie gives her writing tips in this video - click here.

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31st July 2014


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Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd


416 pages
Interest Age: From 12 years


NewGen - YA Fiction
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