|Twelve Books In Twelve Months|
Title: The Innocent
Author: David Baldacci
Genre: Crime Thriller
As usual, David Baldacci's book did not leave me disappointed. It grabbed me right from the beginning and I just had to keep on reading it through to the very end. It's funny though, I never thought I'd like conspiracy thrillers much, until I read my first Baldacci. Then it was like I couldn't get enough. I think I have two more books to read by him, and then I'll have read them all.
Will Robie is the primary character in this book, and he's a hired assassin for the United States. He's sent all over the world to take out bad guys, but when he gets another assignment to kill a woman who, after breaking into her apartment, prepared to do the deed, was just a lowly housewife and mother to two little ones. When one of the youngsters pops awake in her bed, and she slowly rises to look into the eyes of her would-be assassin with an earwig in his ear and his handler screaming at him to kill them both, he knew he couldn't do it. There was a backup sniper waiting outside, and while Robie stood frozen, the sniper took the shot. One bullet taking out the two of them.
Next thing you know, Will Robie crosses paths with a young girl who he, despite his doubts, takes under his wing after she ran away from her fostercare family to try and find the lowlife who murdered her parents.
The story twists and winds, knowing that many of the shootings, phone calls, etc, have linked Will annd Julie together. For a long while they didn't know if Julie was the target or Will was.
I gave it a 5 star rating. The ending might surprise you.