All Fall Down by Ally Carter

Reviewed by K. Yanna, August 2018

Grace can vividly remember the night her mother died, right in front of her. She claims a man with a scar on his face killed her. But no one believes her. They all claim it was an ‘accident’ and tell Grace that she doesn’t know what she saw. As desperately as she wants to move on from the incident, she can’t. And she won’t, until she brings the killer to light.

As Grace’s past is troubled she moves in with her grandfather, a well admired ambassador of the United States, in hopes that she will ‘put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her unpretty thoughts’. Grace desperately wants to be the apple of her grandfather’s eye, but she won’t give up her determination to find her mother’s killer.

With the help of some friends, Grace finds out the truth of what happened the night her mother died. Will the answer be what she’s looking for? Or will her determination be the catalyst of the world’s countries falling like dominoes?

“I don’t mean to get into trouble. Trouble just sort of finds me.” Grace Blakely says to Ms. Chancellor, her grandfather’s assistant. These two sentences could sum up this whole book. Wherever Grace goes, trouble follows. Such as the many times she’s broken a bone, or when she goes to a party and makes a daredevil jump to preserve the balance of the countries.

This book has everything you’re looking for. A strong female character, a plot full of twists and a hint of romance. I heavily encourage you to read this book. I’ve read it twice, and it doesn’t disappoint.

This is the first book of the Embassy Row novel series.