Review: Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter

“Where did I come from?” I whispered.

Mary shook her head and said, “God?”

I think Out of Sight, Out of Time is my favourite of all the Gallagher Girls books, and I’m writing this review after finishing the whole series. I loved all the intrigue, and the angst. It somehow managed to have both all the spy drama I wanted as well as all the teenage drama.

The book starts out with Cammie waking up at a covenant in the alps, with no recollections of the past few months, it’s been months since she ran away, yet the last thing she remembers is leaving the mansion.

The Reason why I love this book so much is because it’s basically a huge scavenger hunt to find Cammie’s memories. It obviously has a lot more layers than that, but in general the plot can be summed up like that. It’s really interesting to get to explore all of this with Cammie, since she also doesn’t know anything.

Throughout the book it becomes very apparent that Cammie starts having symptoms of PTSD, and I personally think that it’s handled rather well, it’s not glorified at all. And Cammie’s flashbacks and dissociative episodes are shown for how they really are to the sufferer. I appreciate this, because it would have been easy for Carter to make Cammie toughen up and not let this affect her, but she starts feeling a lot more real this way.

Do you know what pain is, Cammie? It’s the body’s physical response to imminent harm. It is the mind’s way of telling us to move our hand off the stove or let go of the broken glass.”

The personal drama that happens between the characters is also another reason why I love this book. When Cammie returns to Gallagher, all her relationships have changed, and honestly I really love reading about that kind of thing. The more angst the better.

We also get to see how the characters developed away from Cammie in the time she was away, because they did. Cammie seems personality wise the same as at the end of the past book, because for her no time has passed, but all her loved ones, have spent months with each other without her, and that will naturally have some kind of effect on their relationships.

“You don’t get it, do you?” Macey threw her covers off and stepped barefoot across the floor. “We’re not mad because you left.” She practically spat the words. I wondered if Liz or Bex might wake up, but neither stirred. “We’re mad because you didn’t take us with you.”

This book also marks the first time I was completely surprised by the twist ending, all the other times I had either seen it coming, or seen parts of the outcome coming. But the ending to this book came as an absolute shock to me, I couldn’t believe what I was reading, and my appreciation of a well written antagonist was raised.

Like I said at first, this is my favourite book in the entire series, it just does so much with character development, and plot development, that I don’t think any of the other books live up to.



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