Sunday, June 2, 2024

Library Read...Heist Society by Ally Carter

We're sticking to mystery today but adding an exciting dive into high crime, too. I'm really excited about this one, especially since I picked it up at my local library. 

Heist Society, #1
by Ally Carter
Disney Hyperion
YA Crime  /   Mystery
337 pages

When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the 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 her back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has 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 history-or at least her family's (very crooked) history.




Reminding a little of Ocean’s Eleven with a teeny-touch of mafia flair, this read grabs from start to finish with thieves to root for the entire way through.

Kat hasn’t only been part of the family business as long as she can remember, but she also has talent. Still, even the best thief risks getting caught at one point or another. Deciding that it’s better to change life before that happens, she scams her way into a prestigious school to get a normal degree and lead a normal life…if her past would let her. But when her father is accused of stealing from a very powerful and evil man, she’s the only one who has a chance of proving his innocence, and this includes performing one of the most risky heists ever.

From the very first page, Kat hits with wit, street-wisdom, and heart. The first chapters are a bit fogged as she immediately finds herself on the verge of being expelled from a school that she worked so hard to get into. It’s not clear if she’s guilty or not…or even what exactly happened…but it sets the stage very well for the rest of the fast-paced read. Because nothing in Kat’s life is simple.

The plot bounces through the underground world of thieves and criminals with Interpol only one step behind. The biggest threat reminds of a dangerously playful alley cat, but other thieves offer risky unknowns. There’s always something happening, and each decision invites more danger. But mixed in is an amazing amount of family and friend support, and fun flirting too, which never goes beyond just that and promises much more to come.

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