Synopsis: Katarina Bishop was raised to take part in the family business, but by the time she was fifteen she didn’t want to. Instead, she found her way into a prestigious boarding school and living as normally as she could until Kat’s old life made it impossible to ignore. Kat’s father was in danger and Kat is the only person who could figure out how to save him, from both Interpol and a powerful mobster. Katarina and her teenaged “crew” have two weeks to pull off the impossible. If she doesn’t, her father will pay the price…
Author: Ally Carter is a pseudonym, but that seems fitting for a novel like this. What else can you do when you write about cat burglars and spy schools? Ally not only writes the Heist Society series, but the Gallagher Girls series (which may have been optioned for a movie).
Cover: At first you think it is just a picture of a girl with shiny sunglasses on. Brown hair, blue eyes, black shirt, and a slight smirk: nothing special. But then you realize that there is something being reflected in the sunglasses, a spotlight-enhanced painting can be seen in her right lens. So you check her left –your right– lens and see the same spotlight and some crown molding, but no painting.
Location: The book takes place all over the world, making mention of various foreign locals but actual action remaining mostly in the States, England, and France with the occasional stop in Austria, Poland, and Italy.
Format: Kat’s crew only has two weeks, and the book makes it easy to keep track of time and country. The book is divided into sections with a page letting you know how many days are left in the countdown and where exactly Kat and her crew happen to be for that section.
Theme: The characters in the story are all about family. Kat trying to get away from hers, Hale trying to appropriate Kat’s family, and the Bishop clan trying to get Kat back into the fold. In the end, it all comes down to one thing: doing whatever you can to protect the people you love.
Romance: You tend to wonder throughout the novel about Kat and Hale’s relationship; are they interested in each other or aren’t they? And you keep hoping that they are and they will be.
Quote: No one has ever stolen a painting from the Henley… Technically, we’d be re-stealing them. It’s kind of like a double negative.
The Verdict: I have yet to be disappointed by an Ally Carter novel. Admittedly I thought I may not like the Heist Society, but now I wonder if maybe I like it even better than the Gallagher Girls series…
What lengths would you go to for your family? …Or to escape them?