Rating – 3.5 stars
Who doesn’t love a good con ?
I for one do. Some of my all time favorite movies include – Catch Me If You Can, Ocean’s Eleven, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. It is downright impossible to resist a good con story. So that’s what drew me into reading Ally Carter’ series about a bunch of teenage con artists called Heist Society.
And what fun it was to read these books.
Revolving around Katarina Bishop, lovingly called Kat by her friends and family, the book follows her adventures.
Being born into any family that is well known for something, by virtue of which you continue a legacy is a tough job. Those are huge shoes you are expected to fill in. However you don’t always want those things, but you can’t outrun what is in your very blood. Sometimes you do get a breather though before you return to your roots.Its a situation similar to this one which opens up the book.
Kat is tired and sorta bored of her routine life and wants to lead a normal life. It of course is a different matter her routine life involves globetrotting to exotic locations across the world and being able to marvel at gorgeous pieces of artwork first hand. You see, she comes from a long line of con artists.
She tries to get away, go to normal school to New England by forging her documents but when something is your calling you are bound to answer it. Of course here the intervention comes from her friend W. W. Hale the Fifth. The reason he so rudely intervenes on Kat’ plans is because they need her back in the family business, its an emergency after all.
A mob boss has been robbed of his priceless art collection and unfortunately for Kat, her dad Bobby Bishop, a legend in his own right is the accused party. He isn’t the prime suspect. He is the ONLY suspect. The catch here however is he didn’t do it, though its hard to convince otherwise. After all will you willingly trust one of the greatest thieves in the world, when he says he is innocent? The answer of course is a big fat no. Now unless the collection is returned Kat’ dad and by extension her entire family is in big trouble.
For mission retrieve collection Kat rounds up the finest bunch she knows. Yes her own family!
Together with her drop dead gorgeous cousin Gabrielle, her goofy but efficient and talented cousins Hamish and Angus, wiz kid Simon and Hale, Kat forms her crew.
Oh! By the way Hale isn’t family, he is just a bored teenage millionaire who caught Kat when she sneaked into his place and joined in on her crew! And it helps he is charming, witty, debonair, handsome and brilliant. Did I mention handsome?
So with the crew all set, now its only a matter of time to pull off the job. Time is of prime importance here by the way. They only have a limited span to retrieve and collection here after all. So the only hitch is they don’t have to pull off the job at just any place, they have to do it at Henley – the most secure museum in the world.
How they pull off the gig and in the process tackle the issues that plague every normal teen is the story of Heist Society.
I was a Newb to Ally Carter when I read this and am I glad I found her. The book is a fast, crisp and juicy read that is a fun ride while it lasts.
The characters are well written and likeable. I was reminded of Fred and George Weasley a bit when reading Hamish and Angus’ antics and just discovered its in the process of a movie adaptation would it be too much to hope it releases soon and preferably stars Emma Watson/Jennifer Lawrence as Kat.
Recommended for fans of Ocean’ trilogy, The Italian job and the likes.