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Review: All Fall Down by Ally Carter

Sunday, April 5, 2015
Goodreads summary:
Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three certain things:

1. She is not crazy

2. Her mother was murdered

3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay

The thing is, nobody else believes her and there's no-one she can 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.

Grace's past has come back to haunt 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.

Grace returns to the Embassy Row three years after the death of her mother, to accompany her Grandfather who is the Ambassador of the United States in Adria. Three years ago, Grace witnessed her mother's death and is traumatized. The cause of her mother's death is ruled as an accidental fire but Grace knows that she was shot before she became ashes and she remembers a man with scarred face being there. During her time at Embassy Row, Grace sees a man with a facial scar and is determined to bring him to justice but things are never as they seem...

All Fall Down was a fast-paced heart-pounding thriller. I loved the setting of a couple of embassies built in a row and the idea that crossing the line meant going across to a different country. There's just something really cool about that. The narration was really good, it put me in the shoes of Grace; feeling frustrated that no one would take her seriously or believe her. At times I was doubting her myself and didn't know what to believe. It was kind of easy to see why people wrote her off as a girl crying wolf. This book wouldn't be complete without a group supportive friends for Grace. I loved that they were there when her Grandfather and Ms Chancellor constantly made Grace feel like she was crazy, otherwise it would have been really depressing and hard to get through the book. I liked that romance wasn't a big part of the story because Grace's mind just wasn't in that space but I enjoyed the hints of a love triangle. There was a hell of a twist at the end I was totally gobsmacked. I can't wait to dive back in this world!!