Sunday, August 12, 2012

Swept up in a caper

Woo-hoo, what a fun read! I've had Heist Society for a year or two, bought on a whim and buried in the TBR pile. I'm so glad I picked it up to read yesterday also on a whim and then couldn't put it down. A brilliant teen protagonist and her crew get into danger way over their heads. Or maybe not.

I loved all the art references and historical import embedded in this thrilling mystery/caper about a family of thieves and con artists. Fun and smart is a winning combo. Ally Carter you've got a new fan.

Here's a sample from the opening chapter, which says a lot about Kat and her family:

"Kat's bags were packed in twenty minutes. She might have lingered, saying her good-byes, but there were no good-byes to say. And so, after three months at Colgan, Kat couldn't help but wonder if the day she got expelled from boarding school might become the proudest moment of her family's long and colorful past. She imagined everyone sitting around Uncle Eddie's kitchen table years from now, telling about the time little Katarina stole a whole other life and then walked away without a trace."

There are hot boys, of course, but, like the rest of this story about beautiful things, they are far more than eye candy. Here's another writing sample, still early in the story but setting up the danger to come:

"She tried to pull away, but Hale's chest was pressed against hers. His hands were warm against her skin. There was a new urgency in his voice as he whispered, 'Listen to me, Kat. He's not a bad guy like your dad and Uncle Eddie are bad guys.' He took a deep breath. 'Like I'm a bad guy. This guy? His name's Arturo Taccone, and he's a whole different kind of bad.' In the two years since she'd met him, Kat had seen Hale wear a lot of expressions: playful, intrigued, bored. But she had never seen him scared before, and that, more than anything, made her shiver."

And, finally, here's a snippet of a scene when she is closing in on the terrible secret at the center of this mystery:

"Despite the freezing wind, she pulled her black ski cap from her head. In the glass of the door's small window she saw her hair standing on end, felt the static coursing through her--a charge that had been building for days. She knew answers lay behind that red door. Not all. But some. And she feared that if she turned to walk away now, gripped the metal railing of the stairs, the charge might stop her heart."

For regular followers of my blog, my father did pass away last week. I will, no doubt, write more about that loss, but I don't want to now. There is gratitude that I spent time with him and we talked, as well as grief, of course. Lauren Oliver's Liesl & Po, which I wrote about in the last post, helped me tackle some issues, and this review of Heist Society is just what I needed to regain my footing in life, which goes on and is always filled with import and wonder despite its sorrows. And, anyway, my dad loved to read and he always enjoyed a good mystery. Here's to you, Dad.


Wen Baragrey said...

I'm so sorry, Tricia. I'm here if you need anyone to talk to you, I hope you know that.

I loved the review too, that book has been on my list of wants for some time now too. It just jumped a few places higher :)


Jemi Fraser said...

I'm so sorry Tricia - I've been thinking about you. You deserve a boatload of good and peace coming your way for a while. I hope you find it. *hugs*

I've always thought this book sounded fun, but I've never picked it up. I'm adding it to my list now :)

Stephanie Thornton said...

Tricia, you'll continue to be in my thoughts. I'm glad you got to spend time with your father--those memories will surely help brighten the days ahead.


Bish Denham said...

It's never easy for a girl to loose her dad, particularly if they are close. But he's in your very DNA and thus never gone from you.

Isn't it wonderful how reading can help us through?

Hugs to you.

Julie Dao said...

Tricia, I'm so sorry for your loss, but so happy that you got to spend time with him. The wonderful thing about being a writer is that he won't only live on in your heart and memory, but also in the words you write. Sending hugs and good thoughts your way.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Love you all! Thanks for sending these good wishes and comfort.

storyqueen said...

Tricia, so sorry to hear about your loss. I am thinking of you and hoping your heart will heal soon. In books there is always hope.



Anita said...

I'm sorry about your dad!

(and thanks for the review...especially during this difficult time)

Sarah Laurence said...

I'm so sorry about your father. I can see why an engaging plot driven story would be a good distraction now. My thoughts are with you in your grief.

Tricia said...

Tricia, I am so sorry to read about the loss of your father. Books are such wonderful escapes and I am happy you are finding solace in the pages. Heist Society as well as Liesl and Po(which my daughter received recently and I need to snatch from her shelf-lol) sound like ones I need to read. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about them. I look forward to reading more about your own writing and journey.
Tricia Scott

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Thank you so much to each of you: Wen, Jemi, Stephanie, Bish, Julie,Shelley, Anita, Sarah, and Tricia, my new writing friend.

Yat-Yee said...

Tricia, I am so sorry. I hope you will continue to find beautiful reminders of your dad.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Yat-Yee: Can't believe I missed your comment. Thank you, and it's so good to see you!

TerryLynnJohnson said...

Thinking of you, Tricia, during this difficult time.