Sunday, March 18, 2012

Review: Heist Society by Ally Carter

Heist Society (Heist Society, #1)Title: Heist Society
Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Date: February 9th 2010
Pages: 287
Genre: Young Adult,  
Crime Mystery 

Series: Heist Society #1
Source: Hardcover 

Goodreads Summary:

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.


This book was exciting, thrilling, and a little bit emotional for me. I have to admit I am a softy and found myself really touched in some parts.

The book is about a teenage girl, Kat, who wants nothing more than to escape the life of crime her family has always been involved in. Seems simple enough and she was doing a great job until her father is suspected of robbing a mob boss. Now Kat has to involve herself once again in the family business and pull off the biggest job of her life. With the help of her family and friends, she puts the plan together and into action.

I found myself really engaged in this story. It was fun to see how all the young con artists minds work and how all the puzzle pieces fit together. It was thrilling to be on this side of the crime. Most of the books I read are from the good guys point of view not the bad guys. Even though Kat is attempting a huge robbery, I couldn’t help but root for her.

Kat is a good girl, she really doesn’t want to live the life of crime, but one the one thing that means more than a crime-free life to her is family. She may have not grown up with the best father, but she loves him. She will do what is needed to save him. She is smart, lovable, and witty. I pictured her as a girl next door with a tendency to be devious. She learns more that what she has bargained for in this story, and soon finds her abnormal gifts to pull off cons may have a purpose after all.

This book had me laughing out loud one moment and tearing up in the next all while on the edge of my seat. I am really looking forward to reading the next installment.



  1. I actually just read this book today and gave it the same rating. I absolutely loved it! I'm glad you did too. Once I get through my inbox I'll definitely be reading its sequel.

  2. Thanks for the review! I've been trying to decide whether or not to invest time in it, but now I think I should!


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