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
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.
I came across the first book in the series by accident and was pleasantly surprised. Great narration. Hope the author continues the character.
Taylor Stevens is amazing. For a woman to just pop out of nowhere with talent like this is unthinkable. And the narrator was perfect, if you define perfect as "I never noticed her".
This book is different but very enjoyable. It calls attention to the plight of people who let someone else control their lives. It was slower then the first but I believe that Taylor Stevens is a good story teller. Hillary Huber is an excellent reader. I am waiting for the next Vanessa Michael Munroe book.
After reading the Millenium series, I was looking for another strong female character like Lisbeth Salander, and found her in Vanessa Michael Munroe. The plot of this book was tightly woven, the characters were interesting and almost totally believable, and the view into a religious cult was fascinating. Can't wait for the third in the series.
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