By: Ally Carter
My Rating 4/5 Stars
Genre: YA, Heist, Adventure
Synopsis: When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected.
Soon, Kat’s friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring Kat back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has a good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat’s father isn’t just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.
For Kat, there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it’s a spectacularly impossible job? She’s got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family’s history–and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.
The first section of this review will be spoiler free.
I love Heist stories, there is something about them that is so exciting and captivating for me. This book is basically Ocean’s 11 if that movie had been about teenagers. Kat is a very spunky character though her stubbornness and inability to go to other for help had me tearing at my hair more than once. The great thing about this book is that the story isn’t about the character development but it is nevertheless well done. The main aspect of the story is the mystery of who stole the paintings, how they did it and if Kat and her crew will be able to pull off their heist. This is the first book in a trilogy and having sped through all three in record time, I would like to personally beg Ally Carter for number four! The characters have wonderful dynamics with each other, and though I was a little surprised at how young they were (Kat is supposed to be 15) I found that as I was reading I pictured them as older. There is supposedly a movie adaption in the works which would be amazing, especially if it follows in the footsteps of movies like the Ocean’s trilogy, The Italian Job and many more.
If you want a lighter, fun and yet thrilling read give this one a go. Don’t be deterred by the age of the characters because they aren’t that important to the story. The story is well crafted and as far as heists go it is certainly an entertaining one with some twists and turns along the way.
The biggest spoiler I can think of is that Nick, the new member of the crew that Kat recruits (who may or may not be interested in her I am not sure), is a spy. Yup, his mother is with Interpol and he thought he would go undercover and help catch Kat and her dad. Luckily it was without his mother’s knowledge so Kat and her dad are safe. Also can I just say if I was Kat, and a guy like Hale was interested in me (like seriously can that happen please?!) I would not push him away! She was so weird about the whole Hale situation when she clearly likes him. Of course if you have read the whole series you know how things end. We never really find out who actually stole the paintings from the mobster Arturo Tuccone, just that he was using a sacred pseudonym Visily Romani, and of course that it wasn’t her dad.
Have you read Heist Society? If not what is your favourite Heist story?