Eight years ago, a man walked five-year-old Hannah out the front doors of her school and spirited her over the Mexican border, taking her into the world of a cult known as The Chosen. For eight years, followers of The Prophet have hidden the child, moving her from country to country, shielding the man who stole her. Now, those who've searched the longest know where to find her. They are childhood survivors of The Chosen, thirty-somethings born and raised inside the cult who've managed to make lives for themselves on the outside. They understand the mindset, the culture within that world, and turn to Vanessa Michael Munroe for help, knowing that the only possibility of stealing Hannah back and getting her safely out of Argentina is to trust someone who doesn't trust them, and get Munroe on the inside.
Tautly written, brilliantly paced, and with the same evocation of the exotic combined with chilling violence that made The Informationist such a success, The Innocent confirms Taylor Stevens' reputation as a thriller writer of the first rank.
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"Starred Review. In Stevens's impressive second Vanessa Michael Munroe novel... The complicated Vanessa makes for an intriguing heroine - at once tough, fearless, vulnerable, and compassionate." - Publishers Weekly
"Much-anticipated... Stevens vividly depicts a dark domain of manipulation, indoctrination, and abuse." - Booklist
"Part Lisbeth Salander, part Jason Bourne, Munroe comes out swinging hard again... Hannah's story will touch readers as Stevens, herself a religious cult survivor, weaves some of her own painful childhood experiences into a gritty, suspenseful novel." - Library Journal
"Lives up to the hype... Much will be made of the similarities between Munroe and Salander... [A] fiery novel." - USA Today
"Dazzling." - Daily News (New York)
"[Stevens] knows she's hit on a winning series character who has the world at her beck and call." - Los Angeles Times
"A page-turning thriller." - Huffington Post
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Taylor Stevens is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Vanessa Michael Munroe series. Published in over twenty languages and optioned for film by James Cameron's production company, Lightstorm Entertainment, the books are international boots-on-the-ground thrillers featuring a mercenary information hunter in a non-testosterone mix of Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher. Stevens came to writing fiction late. Born into an apocalyptic cult and raised in communes across the globe, she was denied an education beyond 6th grade and spent her adolescence as child labor. Stevens now calls Dallas home. In addition to writing novels, she shares extensively about the mechanics of storytelling, writing, overcoming adversity, and her journey into publishing on ...
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