Reader Review: The Informationist by Taylor Stevens

Read what RIFer and prolific blogger Marisa has to say about Taylor Stevens' latest novel.


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!

Read an excerpt of the informationist for yourself: The Informationist by Taylor Stevens – Excerpt

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.

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TAYLOR STEVENS is the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of The InformationistThe InnocentThe DollThe Catch, and the novella The Vessel. The series featuring Vanessa Michael Munroe has received critical acclaim and the books have been published in twenty languages. The Informationist has been optioned for film by James Cameron’s production company, Lightstorm Entertainment. Born in New York State and into the Children of God, raised in communes across the globe, and denied an education beyond sixth grade, Stevens was in her twenties when she broke free to follow hope and a vague idea of what possibilities lay beyond. She now lives in Texas, and is at work on the next Munroe novel.

About Kira Walton

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

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