All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1)
by Ally Carter
Scholastic, 2015. 310 pages. Young adult fiction.
Grace hasn't been back to her grandfather's embassy in Adria since she saw her mother killed three years previously. Haunted by memories of her mother and the Scarred Man who killed her, Grace is on a mission to find out what really happened that night and make the criminal pay for his actions. With the help of her new friends on Embassy Row, Grace finally has a chance of succeeding. But will she be able to handle the information she finds?
Unlike most Ally Carter series, which start out light and get more intense as the series goes on, this one throws you right in the deep end. Grace is very emotionally disturbed by her experiences and the book leaves you guessing right until the end whether she really saw the Scarred Man kill her mother or whether this is all the product of a disturbed mind. The book was gripping and intriguing and I am fascinated to see where she goes with the sequel (and would really like to be able to start reading it tomorrow!).