Book Review — Uncommon Criminals

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If you have neglected the Heist Society books so far, I would recommend you go back and read my review of the first book in the series. Because why haven’t you picked it up yet?

I thought a lot about what to say in this review, and I don’t have a lot to say. I just loved it.

Kat has accepted the fact that she’s a thief. That is no longer her struggle in this book. Her new struggle is what kind of thief. She’s gone somewhat Robin Hood since we last saw her, but she’s rejecting her merry men. And one of them in particular is not happy about it. Kat has to come to grips with the way she feels about Hale, and what that means for their working and personal relationship.

On top of that, Kat gets out-conned, and realizes in the process she’s become addicted to the thrill of the con, and doesn’t know how to control the high it gives her. It gives her room to improve, and haunts her throughout the course of the novel.

I thought the writing in this book was spot on. It is a great use of 3rd person as a blending of limited and omniscient, making you feel like you’re allowed to watch the action but you are still not a thief, let alone a member of the Heist Society. The first was clearly the plot line of Ocean’s Eleven. This one, I realized near the end, was Ocean’s Twelve. I don’t hate that movie like so many of my friends do, but it takes a couple of watches to really see the plot and appreciate the storytelling method used. Carter makes it work so much better than the film, and as soon as you realize exactly how it’s going to have to play out, you sit back and just enjoy it.

I don’t want to wait a year for the next one. That is all.

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