The book starts off with a robbery that ends up going a bit bumpy, thanks to Officer Jack Cooper. This cop is a father with a lovely wife and a daughter named Michelle who is an expert dancer. But have you ever heard of the domino effect? I have now. Interfering with the robbery ends up leading to an ambush on the way back from a dance, and all Michelle hears of this masked man's voice is "With the compliments of M. Stone." This tears the family apart, so six months later, Michelle decides to try to find a way to get her revenge on a mission at DSI which involves going undercover and getting close to the Stone family.
I felt the book was only just so-so at first, the gadgets being only so-so and the mission a crazy idea with a cross between Cherub and Alex Rider, and the gadgets being a little unimaginative. But it is much better than any Cherub book I've read so far, because it looks on both sides of the conflict between "good guys" and "bad guys". Something that I feel is hard to do is make the bad guy look bad when you go more into his life, so I feel it is a "bad" idea in general. But here it works because of the want-for-revenge Michelle goes through and the tension of seeing a gun in front of you for the first time. It's also in a way, simple, so I think it's a good choice for first readers. I was also scared of how it would all turn out in the ending, and I think it was a perfect idea.
In short, I can't quite get this to 3 and a half stars or four quite, because it's a bit familiar and the gadgets aren't that exciting. But it's a good attempt at being a solid action-packed book about thieves and police work in general. I'll pick up the sequel no problem if I have time.