Saturday, March 30
Book Review: The Informationist
Author: Taylor Stevens
Pages: EBook 297
Summary: Vanessa “Michael” Munroe deals in information—expensive information—working for corporations, heads of state, private clients, and anyone else who can pay for her unique brand of expertise. Born to missionary parents in lawless central Africa, Munroe took up with an infamous gunrunner and his mercenary crew when she was just fourteen. As his protégé, she earned the respect of the jungle's most dangerous men, cultivating her own reputation for years until something sent her running. After almost a decade building a new life and lucrative career from her home base in Dallas, she's never looked back.
A Texas oil billionaire has hired her to find his daughter who vanished in Africa four years ago. It’s not her usual line of work, but she can’t resist the challenge. Pulled deep into the mystery of the missing girl, Munroe finds herself back in the lands of her childhood, betrayed, cut off from civilization, and left for dead. If she has any hope of escaping the jungle and the demons that drive her, she must come face-to-face with the past that she’s tried for so long to forget.
My Rating: 7/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: While I wasn't overly impressed with the book, I did enjoy it more than I thought I would. It's not my usual genre to read, but it was worth dipping into it and trying something new. I think the main plot was well done, and I was interested in seeing how it played out. I found some revelations though out the book a little to convenient and almost cliché, but it how the author got the characters there was well done. It wasn't overly action pact, but the author did build up to some tense moments fairly well, which helped keep my interest in the book.
I wasn't a fan of the main character. I found her hard to connect to, and while she had more than meets the eye depth to her, I found her personal demons and history just didn't mix well with the rest of the book. While some of her personal experiences helped her with the case, how her past was woven into the book didn't work right for me. I found it to be almost forced to help create a more complex character. While I do like how the author made a good complex character, I found it didn't work for me. Overall a good read. It's part of a series, and while I liked the book, I doubt I'd continue with the series.
Would I recommend it to read: I would. It was better than I thought, it wasn't fantastic and it didn't grip me, but if you like the genre or would like to try out the genre then the book is worth checking out.
What to read next: This is part of a series, so it might be worth checking out. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo would also be a good choice. I do agree with some other reviewers that there are some similarities.
Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2013 Category Challenge, EBook Challenge, Mystery/Crime Reading Challenge, New Author Challenge