Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li

Loved the concept! Stylish cover! I think Portrait of a Thief would make a great movie or limited tv series. I didn’t feel like it was as good of a book as it could have been.

I wish it had been just from two points of view (or one!). I liked the characters and they had good backstories but they all had similar “voices” and verbiage in their chapters. I think having the siblings split the chapters would have made more sense. As it was, it was hard to keep track of who was saying and doing what because they all talked in the exact same way and they were all largely working toward the same goal. It was hard to remember which backstory went with which character because the plot, flashbacks, and storyline were all very piecemeal. It could have worked if the characters had more distinct voices and personalities that weren’t just tropes.

There was a real lack of urgency and details during the actual heists. Very little suspense. A puzzling choice for a book with so many heists! They never felt in danger, I didn’t really think anything bad would happen and it was hard to care because they were written in such a flat way.

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