The Innocent: A Vanessa Michael Monroe Novel – Taylor Stevens

Posted: January 25, 2012 in Book Reviews
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The Innocent is the second novel by Taylor Stevens that follows fearless heroine Vanessa “Michael” Monroe.  Monroe’s best friend Logan contacts her from across the globe to ask for her help concerning his dark past involved in a religious cult called “The Chosen.” Even though Logan is openly gay, he reveals to Monroe that he has an 8-year-old daughter, Hannah, who has been kidnapped by the cult and he needs Monroe’s help to find her and bring her home. Monroe accepts the challenge of infiltrating this cult and finds herself in the middle of much more than she anticipated – including drug lords, high-ranking government officials, and the unspoken horrors of child abuse.

Stevens’ second novel is a taut, action-filled adventure that takes the reader inside the secret world of a religious cult. The story takes awhile to pick up in pace, but once it gets going, there is no shortage of thrills and page-turning twists. Monroe has made an American heroine that can be compared to Steig Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander – complete with all the quirks that made her so different from other leading ladies. This book is a solid thriller with a good plot and a storyline that makes it stand out from others in the genre.

Disclosure: I received my copy of this book free from Goodread’s First Reads program. This had no impact on my opinion of the book or my review.


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