Tokyo Heist by Diana Renn


Page Count: 365

format: paperback

Publisher: speck

Rating: 4/5

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Violet is thrilled when her father’s new painting commission means a summer trip to Japan. But what starts as an exotic vacation quickly turns sour when a priceless sketch by van Gogh is stolen from her father’s client and held ransom for a painting by the artist. The problem is that nobody knows where the painting is hidden, and until they find it, all their lives are in danger.

Joined by her friend Reika, Violet searches for the missing van Gogh in a quest that takes her from the Seattle Art Museum to the yakuza-infested streets of Tokyo to a secluded inn in Kyoto. As the mystery deepens, Violet’s not sure whom she can trust. But she knows one thing: she has to find the painting and the criminals–before it’s too late.

There is so much to enjoy about this book. It has a art heist, travel to another country and learn about there culture. It has friendship, small amount of romance, and some character growth.

Points that I loved was:

  • I love my heist book and the mystery behind the whole who, what, where, and why.
  • I loved that Violet traveled to Tokyo and learned about the traditions, and the culture.
  • I loved the way Violet’s thought process works. How being artist helped her see clues and drawing out what’s happening helped.
  • I love the Yamada’s they where the grandparents in the book.
  • I loved that they didn’t just push Violets ideas aside they listened and let her help. Being young has its advantages to seeing something that most adults look over.
  • All the art stuff. Its not only about the drawing or painting but the different art jobs. It was fun to see how the different areas where helpful to solving the case.

I wanted more though…

I would love if there was more moments between Violet and her dad. There is plenty of scenes where he messes up that I want to throw my book. However there is just snippets and one good talk toward the end and that’s it. Also her mother was never present. Sure she was away in her own country however no contact I don’t get.

Also the romance was a beginning and end thing since the whole middle was mystery. I didn’t mind this however I just wanted more conversation instead of it just being based on long time chemistry.

Other than that I really loved this book. It has a lot going for it  so if you like art heist where its based in another country this is your book. With a teen detective with her best friend. So if you like Heist Society by Ally Carter you will love this one. And if you’ve read this book and want another book similar read Heist Society.

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