When Cammie Morgan visits her roommate Macey in Boston, she thinks she’s in for an exciting end to her summer. After all, she’s there to watch Macey’s father accept the nomination for vice president of the United States. But when you go to the world’s best school (for spies), “exciting” and “deadly” are never far apart. The girls suddenly find themselves trapped in a kidnapper’s plot, with only their espionage skills to save them. Soon Cammie is joining Bex and Liz as Macey’s private security team on the campaign trail, where they struggle to answer the questions Who is after Macey? And how can the Gallagher Girls keep her safe? The girls must use their spy training at every turn as the stakes are raised, and Cammie gets closer and closer to the shocking truth. . . .
Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover is definitely the book in the series where it turns darker. While the first was of Cam’s struggles to be a normal girl, then trying to be a spy and a girl at the same time, now in the third installment comes the time when she is firmly dedicated to her path in Covert Operations while also facing real-world dangers out of school. Macey’s family is very much in the public eye now, and after a failed kidnapping attempt, they are all on high alert. This book also marks the entry of the big bad of the series, and sets up a lot of stuff for future books (I can say this because this a reread review). The central theme of the series has always been the various faces the spy in her has to wear, and here it is shown through almost everyone of the foursome, but Cam and Macey in particular.
Wiser now for the danger they are in, the four Gallagher Girls seek to investigate the who and the why of the kidnapping attempt. They live in a world of secrets within secrets, and a need-to-know basis system, so finding such a secret is not an easy job. With Macey having a constant shadow in the form of Cam’s aunt, and the Secret Service not far behind, it is difficult for the girls to sneak around. The book also shows the extent of loyalty that all the Gallagher Girls have for each other, and their intense love for their sisters. Zach pops up now and again, setting Cam’s heart aflutter and my suspicion sirens blaring, but I am delighted to unfold that mystery all over again when I read the future books. This one was definitely a great sequel and a turning point for the series.