All Fall Down
(Embassy Row #1)
By Ally Carter
Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things:
- She is not crazy.
- Her mother was murdered.
- Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.
As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her — so there’s no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door, who is keeping his eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.
Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her unpretty thoughts. But they can’t control Grace — no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do. Her past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.
This book was our first book club pick for the teen book club I run at my branch. It seemed fitting to pick a political thriller for January 2017 considering our current political climate. This book was a fun read. It’s fast paced and full of action. The characters are intriguing and all have their own quirks. There’s an underlying mystery to the first book that leads way to a bigger mystery to be solved for the whole series.
My book club and I enjoyed the book. It was a fast read that I devoured in just a few days. Carter keeps the dialogue moving and doles out clues in small doses. There’s a bit of a shocker at the end that will leave your head spinning. I will definitely be picking up the rest of the books in this series. To date, there are two more books in the series.
If you enjoy thrillers, mysteries and a quick, fun read, give this series a look!
And if you are interested in joining our Teen Book Club, we meet on the second Tuesday of the month, 5PM at the Warren Branch.