My first read of 2019! My first box checked on the 2019 Popsugar Reading Challenge as well! I actually started this book in 2018 and had every intention of finishing it in 2018, however, life happens and here we are 2 weeks in to January and I just finished it. Oh well, at least I get to check off a box for the challenge!
I would like to note that I read his book The Hit first, not realizing it was part of a series. I am glad I read this book next so I could get a little background on some of the characters that were present in that book. But on to this amazing read!
This is the book where we first meet agency employee Will Robie. He gets called out to make a kill and when he walks in to an apartment where it’s a young mother, he freezes and can’t do it. Something seems off. Bullets fly through the window, killing the mother and her child, and threatening Robie’s life. It turns out Robie’s gut feeling was right and the young mother should have never been killed. Now Robie is being hunted by someone in his own agency to be taken out.
Who went rogue within his agency? This book takes us on a twisty, turny tale to find out. Along the way Robie ends up helping a 14 year old, Julie, who has just lost both of her parents. He notices a man about to kill her on a bus and when he intervenes, saves her life. They both get off the bus and as soon they do it explodes, killing everyone on board except them. What is going on?
I was highly intrigued the whole story. It was interesting to see how various events intertwined together and how Robie and Julie end up needing each other. It was thrilling, intoxicating, and a joy ride that I did not want to see end. It was action packed
Overall I am giving this book 5 stars. When I read a book and go, “just one more chapter,” for 5 or so extra chapters, it’s a great read. I enjoyed how Robie and Julie worked together and the ending was one I did not see coming. Not even from a mile away. It just came out of left field for me. Wow. It also left any loose ends tied up and made me smile. I cannot wait to read the 3rd book in this series! Any fellow David Baldacci fans out there?
Title: The Innocent
Author: David Baldacci
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: April 17, 2012