Tuesday, July 28, 2015

*Review* The Mask by Taylor Stevens

Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Published: June 30, 2015
Pages: 354
Ages: 16+


Vanessa Michael Munroe, chameleon and information hunter, has a reputation for getting things done: dangerous and not quite legal things that have taken her undercover into some of the world’s deadliest places. Still healing from a Somali hijacking gone wrong and a brutal attack that left her near death, Munroe joins her lover, Miles Bradford, in Japan where he’s working as a security consultant protecting high-value technology from industrial espionage. In the domesticity of their routine she finds long sought-after peace—until Bradford is arrested for murder, and the same interests who targeted him come after her, too.

    Searching for answers and fighting to stay alive, Munroe will soon discover how far she’ll go to save Bradford from spending the next twenty years in locked-up isolation; how many laws she’ll break when the truth seems worse than his lies; and who to trust and who she must kill. Because she’s a strategist and hunter with a predator’s instincts, and the man she loves has just stabbed her in the back.   

     With break-neck pacing, incendiary prose, and an unforgettable cast of characters, The Mask features Vanessa Michael Munroe: a brilliant, lethal heroine who will stop at nothing to find the truth, no matter what it may cost. 


I received a copy of this book through Penguin's First to Read program in exchange for an honest review.

Veronica Michael Munroe is like a female Jason Bourne. If you like books with strong female characters, you will definitely like The Mask. This is the first book by Taylor Stevens that I've read, and while I feel like I missed out on some background information that would explain the relationships in this story better, I don't feel like that information is absolutely necessary for this story, so Ms. Stevens claim that this series can be read out of order or in bits and pieces, in my opinion, is true at least for this book. 

The story got off to a slow, kind of boring, start, which is exactly what Veronica was feeling too. It was a little difficult for me to get invested in the characters and the story, but it felt to me like Veronica was having trouble getting invested in the situation herself, so my feelings were ultimately mimicking hers. Once the excitement started, things moved pretty fast. The Mask provided twists and turns and intrigue that I never saw coming.

Overall I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. While I ultimately enjoyed the ride, it got off to a slow start and I almost got off before things really got started. - Katie 

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About the Author

TAYLOR STEVENS is the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of The InformationistThe InnocentThe DollThe Catch, and the novella The Vessel. The series featuring Vanessa Michael Munroe has received critical acclaim and the books are published in twenty languages. The Informationist has been optioned for film by James Cameron's production company, Lightstorm Entertainment. Born in New York State, and into the Children of God, raised in communes across the globe and denied an education beyond sixth grade, Stevens was in her twenties when she broke free to follow hope and a vague idea of what possibilities lay beyond. She now lives in Texas, and is at work on the next Munroe novel.

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