19 September 2013

Review: The Innocent by Taylor Stevens

The Innocent by Taylor Stevens The Innocent is a strong second entry in the Vanessa Michael Munroe series by Taylor Stevens. Although it shares several common elements with Stevens's debut, The Informationist, this book shows us a different side of Munroe.

Although Munroe's clients pay her millions to gather information about people and corporations, when her best friend, Logan, asks her to help him rescue a teenage girl who was abducted by a cult five years earlier, she can't say no. Munroe knows better than to burst into The Chosen's Argentinian headquarters, guns blazing, to try to steal the child back. Instead, she relies on careful planning, a trusted friend, and her knack for languages to infiltrate the compound and locate Hannah.

The Innocent is an action-packed thriller that shows us the dark side of religious cults, including links with organized crime, monetary greed, and child abuse. It also furthers Munroe's personal story, revealing the vulnerable woman behind the hard, cold, calculating informationist, who doesn't hesitate to kill to protect the weak.

One of the overriding themes of Stevens's second novel is facing the evils of one's past, as several characters, including Munroe, confront their own demons. Logan, for example, was ejected from the cult he was born into and was left to fend for himself, despite his being a minor with little education and no resources. The mission to reunite Hannah with her mother dredges up memories that are almost too much for him to handle.

Stevens has created a complex, intelligent character in Munroe. In addition, her novels go beyond the standard shoot-em-up thriller to touch on a range of topics, such as loyalty, friendship, cults, child abuse, and organized crime. Finally, Stevens's novels are informed by her own difficult childhood, which brings a unique authenticity to her stories. Although The Innocent can be read as a stand-alone, I encourage you to start with the The Informationist and then continue (as I plan to) with Stevens's newest installment, The Doll.

I listened to the unabridged audiobook edition (Random House Audio; 12 hr, 26 min) read by Hillary Huber, who narrates all the Munroe books. Her wide range of believable accents and subtle characterizations bring the story alive and her good sense of pacing kept me engrossed in the action.

NOTE: this post was deleted by mistake and was reposted. Comments were restored.

Random House / Broadway Books, 2012
ISBN-13: 9780307717139
Source: Bought (audio) (see review policy)
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Beth F 9/19/13, 6:52 PM  

FROM Bermuda Onion:

I've heard a lot of great things about this series and I think I have all of the books in print. Now I just need to find the time to read them.

Beth F 9/19/13, 6:53 PM  

FROM Daryl:

i didnt love this one as much as the first ... but i am going to give the 3rd a shot, maybe it was sophomore slump?

Beth F 9/19/13, 6:53 PM  

FROM Rhapsodyinbooks:

I read this one recently and liked it well enough - can't remember if my review posted yet, but then I went to read the third one and I decided I had had enough and dropped it!

Beth F 9/19/13, 6:53 PM  

FROM TheBookBully

I had a tough time finishing The Informationist after such a promising start. Maybe the Munroe's back story in this book will jump start my interest again.

Beth F 9/19/13, 6:54 PM  

From Julie:

I really liked The Doll as well. I thought it was even more complex and showed a bit more of Monroe.

Beth F 9/19/13, 6:54 PM  

FROM Sandy Nawrot

I really enjoy these on audio. Huber does an amazing job of capturing the bad-assery of Michael. I have The Doll loaded and ready to go, and probably will listen to it in the next couple of audios.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea 9/20/13, 6:54 AM  

Just checked and our library does not have the audio, but adding this series to the list.

Anonymous,  9/20/13, 4:49 PM  

Looks like my comment got missed:

I just finished The Doll (love!), and while the 2nd book is my least favorite of the series so far, Stevens officially qualifies as one of my favorite authors now.

Julie P. 9/21/13, 8:41 AM  

I need to start this series before I get even more behind. I have a feeling that I'll like it.

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