Book Review: All Fall Down

by Ally Carter

Grace Blakely isn’t crazy. However, going around saying you saw the man who killed your mother when there isn’t any evidence of him being at the place when she died makes people think otherwise.

When Grace is sent to Embassy Row to stay with her ambassador grandfather, she does her best to be the normal girl people think she should be. She tries to make friends.

But when Grace sees her mother’s killer, she has to do something. He needs to be brought to justice. He is going to kill again. Grace and her new friends have to try and stop the man from the past from acting again.


All Fall Down is a book that keeps you on your toes! The book is written in first-person, present tense, which leans itself naturally to the tension and stakes Carter writes.

Grace is a such a flawed, scarred character. There were several times while reading that I wished I could somehow go through the pages and do something for her. Also, the side characters are great with their own distinct personalities. The friendship dynamics add a nice level to the novel and also give the reader a little better glimpse into what life on Embassy Row is like.

As I said above, Carter keeps the story rolling and frequently amps up the stakes. There are a few other things she does to keep the reader guessing, but. . . spoilers. So you’ll have to read it if you want to find out.

Cautions: Brief, mild violence; Grace has frequent flashbacks to the night her mother died, but it is non-graphic

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