When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her to the Louvre…to case it. 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’s art collection has been stolen, and he wants it returned. 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. She’s got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family’s (very crooked) history—and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.
It’s been a long, looong time since I have read a YA mystery book, and Heist Society was a refreshing step back into that sub-genre.
From the moment I picked up this book I was swept away in the fast-paced and high-energy writing style of Ally Carter. She totally nails the elements of mystery and suspense and takes the reader on a whirlwind journey through Kat’s battle with who she is and what her family does for a living. There was never a dull moment in the book and I fell in love with every single character introduced throughout the story.
And that brings me to… Hale. Sigh. I’m not sure why I like Hale so much because he is rather cocky and arrogant (traits that I am not a fan of) but for some reason I find myself drawn to him. Maybe it’s the loyalty and friendship he shows towards Kat? Or maybe how much he comes on to Kat on a regular basis and she just ignores him? Either way, Hale is not only swoonworthy, but someone I am definitely excited to read more about in Uncommon Criminals.
If you are a fan of YA mystery, definitely get your hands on a copy of Heist Society. Now is the perfect time because the next book in the series, Uncommon Criminals, just came out on June 21 – yay for no waiting!!