Reader Review: The Informationist by Taylor Stevens

This week’s reader review comes from Marisa, who keeps a book blog at MarisaReadsItAndWritesIt.

The Informationist is my FAVORITE book that I have read so far this year. Full stop. That is saying a lot, because I recently reviewed Caleb’s Crossing and State of Wonder – and said that they were two of the best so far this year.

The Informationist follows a woman who works for herself. She is an information gatherer and people hire her for large amounts of money to give them information – the information usually relates to countries, companies, deal information, and secrets.

The job that she takes on that is the center of this book, however, is to locate a girl who was last seen in Africa. The missing girl’s adopted father is extremely wealthy and ready to pay whatever is necessary to find her, so Vanessa Michael Monroe takes on the case.

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Vanessa grew up in Africa, and she is extremely comfortable and knowledgeable with the way that the continent works, and she is also somewhat of a savant – she knows about 20 languages and can easily pick them up and speak them with the slightest practice. Vanessa is also well-trained in fighting techniques and is especially familiar with knives. While I am hesitant to compare her to anyone, Vanessa reminds me the most of Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

This book is a thriller, mystery, and Africa travel guide (to the places you do not want to visit) all rolled into one. It is amazing, and I could not stop reading it. Imagine my happiness when I found out that a second Vanessa Michael Monroe book is coming out in December!!! READ THIS BOOK!

mariereadsitandwritesitAbout MarisaReadsItAndWritesIt: I am a Missourian living in Chicago after a 2-year stint in London. I am a definite book FANATIC and in a perpetual love/hate relationship with politics. Follow me on Twitter @sisalouise.

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innocent-coverThe Informationist is available in paperback wherever books are sold. Taylor Stevens‘ second novel, The Innocent – another Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel – will be available on Dec 27, 2011.

RIFers! We’re giving away copies of The Informationist over at Read It Forward on Facebook! Enter for a chance to win a copy of Taylor Steven’s page-turning thriller.

About Kira Walton

Kira Walton

KIRA WALTON has been stalking books all her life as a college English teacher, bookseller, book club consultant, author, and editor.

  • PM

    Definitely sounds like my cup of tea in a book!

  • Linda

    Won this book from Read it Forward and LOVE it. It’s very hard to put down. It reminded me why I enjoyed reading so much before having my two sons. I look forward to having my free time to catch up on the story.

  • mjk

    I read this and loved it. I can’t wait until the next in the series.

  • Kristi

    I won this book from Read It Forward and was excited to read it! I will admit that there were some twists and turns that I didn’t see coming, but I think I am just burned out on these type of books – strong, stubborn woman who is always in danger due to her career choice, a past that keeps her from having a healthy relationship with anyone, there is always a man (or men) and sex, along with some type of ‘shock’ value about her, i.e. foul mouth, violence, sex, tragic past, etc.

    If you are into the likes of Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone mysteries, and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels, you will probably like this book and the books yet to come from Taylor Stevens as she continues the story of Vanessa Michael Munroe.

    As for me, I am interested in reading her second book in this series, but it will be awhile before I read it.

  • Carla

    I too won this book from Read it Forward. The first book I ever won here! I was so excited. I started it immediately. How disappointing! It was a horrible book. The main character in the book (I can’t say her name because she had so many!)was over the top. I had no idea what type of person she was even supposed to be seen as by the reader. The writing was disjointed,and very hard to follow. I did do some reading about the author who sounds like an extraordinary lady! I be more interested to hear about HER life experiences than the character she has developed. To be honest, I can’t believe this book was even published by anyone other than the writer.

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