The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
Released June 18, 2013
Borrowed through online library system
So this is really the first adult heist book I’ve ever read- even in the YA genre, the only reference point I have is Six of Crows (WHICH IS AMAZING). As far as a first time sort of thing goes, this book wasn’t awful. In fact, it could have been much worse.
Starting with the main characters, I liked Nick Fox and Kate O’Hare as individuals and as partners. I felt that they worked well together despite the fact that they were always getting on each other’s nerves. Also, I enjoyed the fact that there was some sexual tension between them, but I honestly didn’t see too much happening in terms of a romantic relationship. Given that this is the first book in the series, this made their relationship, if I’m being honest, more realistic than a lot of romances I’ve read. In addition, I was pleasantly surprised that there was no graphic sex scene in this book, as a lot of adult novels tend to have. The one thing I would’ve liked to get is some back story on both Nick and Kate, but maybe that’s something that’s explored later in the series.
As for the other characters, I liked that Kate’s dad played a role in the plot. Also, I liked a couple of the crew members because they added humor to the story. That being said, there were two crew members who I felt were almost afterthoughts (or a means to an end) in the authors’ writing process. They were just there when they needed to be, and we don’t have any idea what kind of people they are; this lack of characterization made me not care about them as a reader.
In terms of plot, at times I felt like things were moving too quickly. Like, they’d be in one country one day and then all of the sudden they’re in some other country doing God knows what. However, given that this is a fast-paced novel, I can understand why the author would want to move some parts along fairly quickly. My other gripe about plot was the fact that everything was way too convenient. There were several points in the story where I found myself asking, “Really? You just happened to have that with you?” or “Really? And he just all of the sudden showed up at exactly the right time?” I don’t know if this is a typical quality in heist books given the nature of the genre, but I hope not because the fact that every problem in the story had an almost immediate solution took out some of the high-stakes tension of the book.
Overall, I liked this book enough to finish it and maybe even read the next one. As far as an entertaining audiobook to listen to on my commute to and from college, this book did its job. I am interested in seeing how Kate and Nick’s relationship/ partnership develops over the course of the next book.
Thanks for reading,