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.
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!
About 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.
The 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.