All Fall Down (Embassy Row, Book 1)

By Ally Carter

Grace Blakely is de facto sure of 3 things:

1. She isn't really crazy.
2. Her mom was once murdered.
3. sometime she will locate the killer and make him pay.

As definite as Grace is ready those proof, no one else believes her -- so there isn't any one she will thoroughly belief. now not her grandfather, a strong ambassador. no longer her new associates, who all live to tell the tale Embassy Row. no longer Alexei, the Russian boy round the corner, who's protecting his eye on Grace for purposes she neither likes nor understands.

Everybody wishes Grace to place on a good looking costume and a fine looking smile, blockading out all her unpretty concepts. yet they can not regulate Grace -- not more than Grace can keep watch over what she is aware or what she must do. Her previous has come again to seek her . . . and if she does not cease it, Grace is not the just one who gets damage. simply because on Embassy Row, the international locations of the area stand like dominoes, and one flawed flow could make all of them fall down.

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We’ll locate him! ” Noah yells back. I snicker and switch and wave. I’m certain he can't listen me while I say, “No. We won’t. ” I’m unsure how lengthy I wander throughout the urban. I’m now not attempting to wander away. I don’t are looking to get in difficulty. yet even supposing i do know the shortest course again, i can't convey myself to take it. So I flip down shady alleys and huge promenades covered with darkened outlets. I climb so excessive up a windy highway that i will see over the wall and watch the ocean. The moon is so shiny right here — I’d forgotten how a lot larger it usually appeared, like a focus shining down from Heaven. I want it'll shine upon the Scarred guy, yet he doesn’t move my course. The moon can't lead me to him irrespective of how some distance I’m keen to move. whilst the bells of the nationwide cathedral chime dead night, I verify I’m already at the different facet of the embassy fence. The marine on responsibility increases his eyebrows — he is aware I’m slicing it shut. yet I’m beautiful certain the marines all like me. I’m an army child. A member in their tribe. in addition to, not less than, my presence right here has the capability to damage up the monotony in their days. I’m in the course of the residence’s front and midway around the black-and-white ground while Ms. Chancellor’s voice catches me off defend. “Not relatively so quickly. ” I freeze, flip. Ms. Chancellor continues to be in her swimsuit and heels, and that i can’t support imagining her sneaking downstairs for a dead night snack. In heels. snowboarding down the Alps. In heels. Skydiving. In heels. “I’m in,” I say, forcing a smile. “Midnight curfew saw. ” “Grace, if i may have a note, please? ” She asks it like a query yet doesn’t watch for a solution. She simply trusts me to stick to her up the steps. “I get it, ok? ” I’m announcing. “I’m right here. I’m shutting up. I’m going to mattress like an exceptional little lady. ” “Oh, sweetie. ” I don’t be aware of what’s extra pertaining to, Ms. Chancellor’s phrases or the glance on her face. whilst she stops on the best of the steps, I’m heavily anxious that she could attempt to hug me. So I take a step again. “I’m nobody’s sweetie. ” She takes to the air her glasses and tilts her head. “Do you actually think that’s actual, Grace? ” “What are you speaking approximately? ” Then Ms. Chancellor eases away. She needs to recognize I’m at the verge of leaping onto the railing and sliding away, bursting throughout the doorways, and not, ever coming again. I’d quite dwell in a battle region with my father than with those that name me sweetie. “Did you recognize I knew your mom? ” Ms. Chancellor asks, sinking right down to take a seat at the best step. It’s oddly informal. It doesn’t go well with her. “Oh, i do know that you just and that i by no means had a lot cause to engage should you got here the following as a woman, yet I joined your grandfather’s employees now not lengthy after your grandmother died. Your mom was once approximately your age on the time. and he or she and that i grew to become very shut. We stayed particularly shut. ” “So? ” I say. “So i used to be there the day your mom met your father. and that i used to be there whilst your father requested your grandfather if he may perhaps marry her — that took your time to sink in, remember the fact that. i used to be together with your grandfather while he discovered that Jamie were born.

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