Book Review: The Innocent

Author: David Baldacci

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, April 2012

Format: Audio, read by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassoidy

Genre: Thriller

My Rating: A

I can remember exactly where I was when I read my first David Baldacci novel. My husband and I were on a long weekend road-trip through the beautiful back roads of Michigan. It was cherry-picking time and the country air was pungent and sweet.

To get to Michigan we had to travel an interstate through the state of Indiana. Just before we left I picked up some audiobooks at the library. This was the mid-1990s and neither of us had ever heard of David Baldacci.

The book was Saving Faith. We thoroughly enjoyed the book and decided to read more of this author. And we did. My husband especially enjoyed the Camel Club series of novels. A few years ago we became discouraged with some of his newer books, so we stopped reading him.

And then, out of the blue, the publisher sent me a copy of The Innocent. We read it on another interstate road trip. I’m happy to say this book brought us back as fans of David Baldacci.

Believe it or not, I loved the main character, Will Robie, a man who kills people for the US government. He’s not a soldier. He does all his work in secret and undercover. He kills the really evil ones who wish to do serious damage to our country. [I thought a lot about the ethics of this. I finally had to suspend my thoughts and just go with the story. But I’m still thinking about why I loved a hired killer. Okay, he’s a character, not a real person.]

Robie is very successful at what he does – up until his most recent assignment. When he gets to his next assignment, he just can’t do it. The assignment is to kill a woman and her little boy. About the time he puts his gun away and backs up, a rifle shot comes through the window and does the job for him.

That failed assignment leads Robie down a very dangerous and complicated path. At the same time he is fleeing whoever is  trying to kill him, he helps a young teenage girl who is also fleeing someone who is out to kill her.

Gradually, as the two attempt to escape they discover their two cases may be intertwined. What’s worse, they find it difficult to trust anyone. Whatever is going on, it reaches up to the highest levels in the country. They find it difficult to trust even the FBI. I don’t want to go much further in describing the story as I’m afraid I will ruin it for you.

This was such a superb thriller and even better in audio. The audio was enhanced by some very effective sound effects. They had me jumping off my seat at times. My husband and I are both happy that David Baldacci reached deep into his imagination and created this story. We strongly recommend The Innocent.

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3 Responses to Book Review: The Innocent

  1. I haven’t read any of Baldacci’s books in a while but I do enjoy them. I also enjoy an audio book with multiple narrators but I’m not always a fan of sound effects – I don’t like being startled when I’m driving!

  2. I am going to get this today after reading your review. I will try it as my first audio! It is so good to read your blog Margot!

  3. Staci says:

    I loved his earlier stuff and haven’t read anything from him in a while but this one sounds really good. I sometimes find myself drawn to a character that I would otherwise not like as a person. To me, this speaks volumes as to how well the author has drawn out his personality and really allows the reader to see the full human side.

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