With The Innocent, Taylor Stevens, the best-selling author of The Informationist, returns with another blockbuster thriller featuring the fearless Vanessa Michael Munroe.
Eight years ago, a man walked five-year-old Hannah out the front doors of her school and spirited her over the Mexican border, taking her into the world of a cult known as The Chosen. For eight years, followers of The Prophet have hidden the child, moving her from country to country, shielding the man who stole her.
Now, those who’ve searched the longest know where to find her. They are childhood survivors of The Chosen, thirty-somethings born and raised inside the cult who’ve managed to make lives for themselves on the outside. They understand the mindset, the culture within that world, and turn to Vanessa Michael Munroe for help, knowing that the only possibility of stealing Hannah back and getting her safely out of Argentina is to trust someone who doesn’t trust them, and get Munroe on the inside.
Tautly written, brilliantly paced, and with the same evocation of the exotic combined with chilling violence that made The Informationist such a success, The Innocent confirms Taylor Stevens’ reputation as a thriller writer of the first rank.
©2011 Taylor Stevens (P)2011 Random House
The narrator was wonderful and made the book more than it was. Character development needed. Monroe is interesting, but unlikeable and distant despite good works. she does.
Fans of this series I'm sure love all the introspective dialogue of the characters, especially Munroe. That's how authors stretch out a series by hooking readers on their character and style. I want to read a good book with a modicum of what the characters are thinking. The plot of this book is great, the execution not so great./
Got to love the lead character, Vanessa Michael Munroe... she is sharp, tough, flawed and unstoppable. A kind of Wonder Woman with guns and sharp knives, fighting for justice and never fearing to leave a few bodies behind. Bad people get what's coming to them. Excellent writing, a good number of twists, and leaves you cheering at the end.
You don't have to read the Informationist first but it is such a good book - I highly recommend it. Stevens gives little snippets of what you need to know about our characters so you won't feel adrift in this second book about Monroe, if you've not read the first one.
mundane descriptive details v. attention to story.
it was fine, if overly dramatic, given the mundane material.
all of them.
I'm really glad it's finally over.
I enjoyed The Informationist even though it bordered on the surreal at times, and I was very eager to listen to the Innocent. I was disappointed by the lack of action. The conflict is so, so, so slow building that by the time it was resolved the stinkin' book is over. If this is the best Taylor Stevens has to offer do us all a favor: kill the character and end the series soon.
Anything at all. So freaking boring. Virtually nothing happens for the entire book. It's not that hard, I believe they call it conflict/plot. She barely even has to kick bad guy butt, and it's barely described when she FINALLY gets to kick some.
I thought she did a nice job voicing for each character, and using appropriate drama when necessary.
All of it. I wouldn't have published it assuming I had read The Informationist.
I probably would listen to this book again although I generally do not listen to books more than once.
The main character and her complexities of character.
Great calming, smooth voice for such a sometimes violent , volatile story.
Just like her first book, the Innocent, the character development of the main character is deep and the story suspenseful.
The story draws you in slowly and then totally hooks you. Some predictable turns and some not so predictable.
Huber does a nice job of varying voices and interpreting the story.
I'm waiting for another Michael Vanessa mystery... had wanted to start one as soon as I had finished this one.
Interesting and engaging. A good follow up to the first novel.
Narrator accurately portrayed the personalities in the book and stayed true to the thoughtful, engaging story line.
A soulful woman handles a cruel job.
The first Taylor Stevens promised a good series. This was a disappointment -- weak plot, uninteresting characters. Too bad.
I really can't imagine who would enjoy this book. To say there was a lack of excitement or tension in this book is an understatement.
I highly doubt it. The Informationist was an OK read with at least some meaningful plot and complexity. This book however, had no villain and was very repetitious. The new central characters of this book are very poorly sketched out, so you don't really care about them one way or another.
Yes, she is clearly a talented voice actor. Unfortunately her melodramatic voice style had to be applied to overly melodramatic writing. This was hard for me to listen to at times since her performance would give gravitas to overly dramatic prose regarding routine, boring meetings among characters.
Disappointment..... I can't ever get that time back. I kept thinking there had to be something more to the book's plot, but there wasn't.
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