Carter, Ally. See How They Run: An Embassy Row Novel. (Embassey Row, #2) Scholastic, 2016. $17.99. 336p. ISBN 9780545654845. Ages 13-15. P8Q5
In the sequel to All Fall Down, Grace Blakeley, the granddaughter of the U.S. ambassador to Adria, is trying to cope not only with her realization that she killed her mother three years ago but also that the shooting of Adria’s prime minister and his resulting coma has been disguised as a heart attack. The plot follows the same pattern as the earlier book—trips through the secret tunnels, danger to the children of the ambassadors from various countries, more information about the secret “Society,” and a dead body—this one a West Point classmate of Grace’s brother. Although the book tries to keep a fast pace, the repetition of Grace’s mental issues becomes monotonous, and the intrigue is limited. The ending promises a sequel. The series does not achieve the charm and fun of Carter’s earlier Gallagher Girls series that began with I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You.
Fall 2016 review by Nel Ward.