Author: Ally Carter
Release Date: 25th February 2010 (Australia)
My Rating: 4/5
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 travelled 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.
I really enjoyed Heist Society, it's fun and has a good amount of suspense to it. It reminds me of Oceans 11 but with teenagers and I would really love for it to become a series. I liked Gallagher Girls but I think Heist Society has just that little bit more substance to it that allows it to be more enjoyable for those of us who are slightly older than the target audience. Ages 11+