“And I remember “normal” might never be the same again.” The Feeling You’ll Get When Reading a Spy Novel

Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter

Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (March 13, 2012)

Review by Jessica Godinez

ImageAlly Carter’s latest novel in the Gallagher Girls series takes on another whirlwind adventure.  Never heard of the series? It’s not the average kids-at-boarding-school story. The Gallagher Girls Series chronicles the adventures of a group of young spies-in-training on their path to becoming certified operatives.  In Carter’s latest novel, Out of Sight, Out of Time, we follow our favorite heroine Cammie “the Chameleon” Morgan  through the daunting task of regaining her memory after a disastrous summer vacation.  If you haven’t read this series, I highly recommend that you begin with the first book, I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You, or you might find yourself scratching your head a bit throughout this review.

Once again, Ally Carter manages to weave an extraordinary story that will tie up quite a few of those loose ends we’ve been waiting for and establish a deeper emotional connection with our protagonist. In this novel we get a better look at Cammie’s fragile state of mind, how her summer disappearance affected her family and friends, and just who is a part of the mysterious Circle of Cavan. Don’t worry readers  Ally  Carter doesn’t leave her readers wondering what happened to the handsome and dangerous Zach. Now on to the main point of this story: Cammie’s memory loss. Attempting to construct a story around a character’s amnesia can be a risky approach. Ally Carter does a spectacular job of making this novel believable, heart-wrenching, and darker than we have seen in the rest of the series. Thanks to the manner of which Carter develops a unique writing style and a few operative reports, Out of Sight, Out of Time is well-written and captivating. Carter has put a great deal of time into Cammie’s character development.As we see emotional, physical,  and mental boundaries constructed and taken down throughout the course of the plot, it’s evident in this book that Carter has put a great deal of time into Cammie’s character development. This book is action-packed and told in such a fashion that the reader has no problem connecting with our heroine.  This book in the Gallagher series will have readers turning page after page to find out what happens next. The plot line flows so well that it’s impossible to read just one chapter or two without suddenly finding yourself halfway through the book and desperately needing to go to sleep. Trust me I know.  Words can’t express my satisfaction with this novel.  I find it impossible to wait for the next installment of such an engrossing series.

Author Bio provided by Goodreads

ImageAlly Carter is a writer living and working in the Midwest. She loved school so much she kept going…and going…and going…until finally she had to graduate. Now she has degrees from Oklahoma State University and Cornell University and a house and a job and other very grown-up things.

Her life is either very ordinary or the best deep-cover legend ever. She’d tell you more, but…well…you know…

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