By David Baldacci
Sometimes people do monstrous things, and when they need to be eliminated the American government calls on the one person who can do so efficiently and quietly: Will Robie. Robie never questions his assignments until one day when a hit that is unusually close to home is botched and Robie himself becomes a target. In the chaos that ensues, Robie partners with sassy and smart fourteen-year-old Julie Getty, who is trying to escape the men who murdered her parents.
Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy narrate the audiobook and do an excellent job. At the beginning of the audiobook, the transitions between the two narrators are a bit stilted, but they quickly become comfortable with each other and the narration smooths out evenly. The plot keeps a fast pace and I soon felt as though I was navigating the streets of Washington, D.C. with Robie and Julie, who are both well-rounded protagonists. There were several cliffhangers that left me tense, because I knew I needed to leave my car and go to work, but I wanted to stay and see what was going to happen next.
The final showdown is exciting and impressively complex, tying up all of the loose ends in a realistic fashion. Will Robie find out who singled him for assassination, or will he die trying to protect Julie? Read David Baldacci’s The Innocent to find out, available at your local public library.
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Review by Allison Grubbs