First book review of 2016! Woohoo!
How many books into this year’s reading challenge are you???? I told you last month, my goal is read 20 books this year. Well, The Heist was the first book I finished and I did it on January 15th after reading for about 15-20 minutes a night for two weeks. I’ve read each night this year (minus a few when I was in the throes of planning Cecilia’s first birthday party) and I love that it’s now a habit and something I look forward to. I don’t have the energy to read for too long, but I love reading each night before bed instead of checking Facebook and Instagram on my phone.
I wanted a quick, fun read for my first book of the year and since I like Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books, I thought I’d give this newer series she’s co-written with Lee Goldberg a try. I liked this book and look forward to reading the others in this Fox and O’Hare series that have already been published.
Kate O’Hare is a straight-laced, strong heroine who is an FBI agent after escape artist and criminal Nick Fox. Through a weird string of events, they end up working together for the FBI to catch a bigger con-man who has made off with millions of dollars of other people’s money. Together, with a band of quirky characters they’ve assembled, Fox and O’Hare scheme up an elaborate plot that takes them to a remote Indonesian island to catch their guy. Just like the Plum books, this book isn’t grounded in much reality and requires you to just sit back and enjoy the fun, but unbelievable plot.
While I think I’ll always read each new Stephanie Plum book that comes out because I’m so “involved” after reading the 20+ books in the series, some of the more recent books have gotten a bit stale. Are they still fun for me to read? Sure, but mostly because they’re a great “turn off your brain” read. The Heist reminded me of the quick wit and over-the-top fun and fast-paced storylines of the early Plum books that got me hooked in the first place.
Overall, I liked this book and look forward to reading the follow-ups. I also enjoyed Fox and O’Hare and their chemistry together. The book was charming and the crazy, unbelievable hijinks were entertaining.
Have you read this book? What did you think?