Review: Double Crossed, a novella by Ally Carter
Author: Ally Carter
Title: Double Crossed
Release: January 22, 2013
Series: Heist Society #2.5
Reviewer: Mona Leigh
Macey McHenry—Glamorous society girl or spy-in-training?
W.W. Hale V—Heir to an American dynasty or master thief?
There are two sides to every coin. Whether these two can work together is a tossup.
Born into privilege, Macey and Hale are experts at mingling with the upper class. But even if they’ve never raised an eyebrow at the glitz, neither teenager has ever felt at home with the glamour.
When Macey and Hale meet at a society gala, the party takes a dangerous turn. Suddenly they’re at the center of a hostage situation, and it’s up to them to stop the thugs from becoming hostile. Will Macey’s spy skills and Hale’s con-man ways be enough to outsmart a ruthless gang? Or will they have to seek out the ultimate inside girl to help?
The worlds of Heist Society and the Gallagher Girls collide in Ally Carter’s fast-paced, high-stakes and tantalizing new story. Get a behind the scenes glimpse as Ally delivers an irresistible thriller that is full of her signature style and savvy twists.
Ally Carter kicks off a new series with this great novella, and from the looks of it, it’s shaping up to be one to follow. Macey McHenry (from the Gallagher Girls series) meets W.W. Hale, III at a social function they attend with their families. Millionaire Hale straddles the fence between good guy / bad guy, and has a real knack for picking pockets. Macey, being the spy she is, sees him in action and confronts him a short time later.
Too many things about the other raise warning flags for each of them, and over the course of the evening, they keep each other in view. Hale spots something in the room that’s not quite right, detects a plot afoot, and tries to figure out what’s up, but Macey keeps getting in his way. When the New York society figures attending the function are taken hostage by a gang of thieves, Macey and Hale are forced to collaborate to save the day. But the day actually ends up being saved by Kat Bishop, thief extraordinaire and Hale’s girlfriend.