Title: Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society #3)
Author: Ally Carter
Genre: Contemporary, Crime, Young Adult
Publisher: Orchard Books (7th February 2013)
Kat’s never been afraid of a challenge – but now she faces the impossible . . .
Katarina Bishop’s family of loveable criminal masterminds couldn’t be less like the gorgeous Hale’s high-society relatives. So when Hale unexpectedly inherits his grandmother’s billion-dollar corporation, there’s no place for Kat. Kat won’t give up that easily, though, especially when she gets a tip-off that the will is a fake: an elaborate con to steal the company’s fortune. Only the most audacious plan yet can hope to rescue the situation. But is Kat willing to save her boyfriend’s company, if it means losing the boy?
Rating: ***** (5 stars)
Having loved the first two books in Ally Carter’s Heist Society series, I have been looking forward to getting my hands on Perfect Scoundrels for a while. I really enjoyed reading Kat’s adventures, but the blurb for this book really got me interested. It seemed like there was the potential that Kat could have a lot to lose in this book.
Having had high expectations, after giving both Heist Society and Uncommon Criminals 5 stars, going into this book I was prepared to be disappointed. Instead, I ended up devouring Perfect Scoundrels in a matter of hours and loving every moment of it. I had to know what was going to happen next, how things were going to turn out.
I really enjoyed being reunited with Kat and her gang. I also really enjoyed the fact that Carter finally showed the first meeting between Hale and Kat – it has been hinted at in the previous books, but I was glad to see it fleshed out on the page. It was everything I was expecting, and more.
The plot of the book was as convoluted as the previous two books, and having the story told through the third person narrator really worked in this regard. Using the third person narrator allowed Carter to keep some secrets, which when revealed showed how awesome the characters are. I also thought that the conflict at the centre of the book was a really interesting one, as Kat and Hale’s worlds collided. I really felt for Kat, she was faced with an impossible choice and then had to deal with the repercussions of it. For all the complexity of the plot, it was still a fast-paced rambunctious read.
If you are a fan of criminal capers then you should definitely check out the Heist Society series. Perfect Scoundrels is a brilliant addition to the series, and I hope there are more to come.