Synopsis: After nearly being kidnapped and her aunt nearly being killed, Cammie Morgan knew she would never be safe. But things become all the more terrifying when she learns that she doesn’t know who to trust: not teachers, not students, not operatives, no one. Cammie and her roommates must find out who’s good, who’s bad, and who’s a double agent all while trying to find the answers as to why the terrorist cell wants Cammie… alive.
Author: Ally Carter is a pseudonym, but that seems fitting for a novel like this. What else can you do when you write about cat burglars and spy schools? Ally not only writes the Gallagher Girls series (which may have been optioned for a movie), but the the Heist Society series as well.
Note to Reader: This is the fourth book in the Gallagher Girl series. You will want to read these books in order, not just because it is helpful in understanding them, but because you just won’t want to miss out!
Pacing: This book keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. It is non-stop espionage, either planning it or doing it. There isn’t one step of the way that your nerves aren’t heightened to watch your own back as you read the book.
Plot: The Gallagher Girls books just keep getting better and better. As per usual, the adults try to keep information from Cammie and you would think by now they would know better. The less Cammie knows, the more danger she is in because she will do whatever it takes to find out what she doesn’t know, thus putting herself into the worst situations.
Location: While the book opens in London, most of the story –and the intrigue-takes place at Gallagher Academy. Who would have thought that the Gallagher Girls would need to break into their own school’s basement? And find a way into Zach’s school too…
Character: Zach, as ever, is an enigma. You think you are learning new things about him, but you never really are, and because of that you are never sure whether you can trust him or not. Is he a good guy or a bad guy? Either way, you think he will keep Cammie safe.
Unfulfilled Promise: A cliffhanger! Every friken books ends in a friken cliffhanger and it drives me bonkers! Then again, it means that another book will be coming out…
Quote: In the clandestine services, nothing ever happens quickly (except when it does). Nothing is ever, ever easy (except when it is). And, most of all, nothing ever goes perfectly according to plan (except in the movies).
The Verdict: Read the whole series. Now.
Previous Reviews: The Reckoning, Dark Flame