Title: See How They Run
Author: Ally Carter
Series: Embassy Row
Previous Book in the Series:
1. All Fall Down
Date Started: January 6
Date Finished: January 13
Format: ebook from the digital library
Grace Blakely has learned the horrible truth about her mother’s murder. It wasn’t the Scarred Man like she had spent the last three years believing. It was her. She killed her own mother, but it was an accident. She was trying to save her mother from another man – who really was sent to kill her by Adria’s prime minister – and shot her mother instead. Now, she has to live with the horrible truth along with the fact that Ms. Connely – her grandfather’s chief of staff – shot the prime minister of Adria. But there was a reason for that. Not that anyone is telling her the whole truth. There is a society that is over a thousand years old, that is made up of all the founding women of Adria’s ancestors. Grace’s mother was part of it and Ms. Connely is part of it too and because of her mother, Grace is now being brought into the fold.
While that is going on, Grace’s older brother Jamie comes back from West Point along with his friend Spence. Jamie has been worried about her, but she doesn’t want to speak to him because for the last three years he has known the truth about what she has done. So to avoid him she goes to a party. However, she can’t outrun her problems even at this party. Spence follows her and kisses her, but it isn’t what she thought it would be and ends up running away. And runs right into Alexei who saw the whole thing. Which leads to a fight between the two boys. Thankfully it is broken up and both guys go their separate ways. Until Spence’s body is found the next morning and Alexei is the prime suspect.
Okay, so I have a love hate relationship with this book. The first part of this book was slow and almost repetitive with Grace whining about the pain of killing her own mother and being not one hundred percent sure if what she sees is real or not. I get that finding out that after all these years of thinking that someone else killed your mother that you were the one to do it is traumatic. But there is grief and then there is a pity party. However, when Alexei shows up things get interesting and they get interesting fast. The mystery of who killed Spence drove me absolutely crazy, because just when I thought I knew who it was, there was a new twist that put a dent in that theory. The ending, like with the last book, left me gasping and staring at the screen and trying to hit the next page button only to find that there weren’t more pages. I need the next book ASAP.
Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Grace is one of those characters that I’m not sure what to make of. She’s strong when she needs to be and uncertain the other half. Sometimes she complains a little bit too much, but after everything that’s happened to her I kind of see why. The whole Grace/Alexei relationship thing left me totally confused in this book too though. They had a lot of moments, but are they a couple? I need to know the answer.
Bookshelf worthy? If only I had secret tunnels under my house so that I could store some of these books.