Undercover Thief Review

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by H. T. King
Genre: YA Thriller
Publication Date: 2019
Number of pages: 438
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Fourteen-year-old Pamela Torres is an exceptional girl. After her parents abandoned her at the tender age of nine, she had to be to stay alive. But Pam has come a long way from stealing food from the supermarket and huddling beneath shop windows for shelter. Now, Pam and the band of fellow misfit kids who took her in, are some of the most notorious thieves in Underground London. She has a home, a family, and a killer wardrobe, to boot. Life is pretty good.

But when her parents suddenly return to Pam’s childhood home after years of zero communication, Pam’s world is turned upside down. They steal her away from her home and chosen family to enroll her into the Victoria Institute: an American boarding school for spies.

Desperate to get back to the world she knows and loves, and wholly unfamiliar with the concept of homework, Pam does not take the strict, disciplinary vibe of the Victoria Institute – or to her parents, government spies themselves and teachers at the school, who seem to have developed a newfound sense of responsibility for Pam’s wellbeing and education. But what would they do if they knew her true, unlawful identity? What’s more is that something seems off about one of Pam’s classmates… something that could threaten not only the school, but also international government relations and the lives of millions…

My thoughts:
Undercover Thief had a mysterious premise, a girl whose parents disappeared and a school of spies. However, I didn't really enjoy the writing style. It was full of dialogue and not enough description to immerse me in the world. Additionally, there are aspects about the main character that would have been good to know but that we don't find out. I would have liked to have found out more about how this teenager became so skilled as a thief. Furthermore, the story with the parents feels disjointed, it was not fleshed out enough and therefore didn't feel realistic. Overall, this book just wasn't for me.

*This book was kindly sent to me to review, however, all opinions are my own.

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