Goodreads: The Innocent

Author: James Baldacci (Will Robie #1)

Published: 2nd November 2012 (Pan)

Source: Charity Shop

Rating: 3/5 (Liked it)

Official Summary: “America has enemies – ruthless people that the police, the FBI, even the military can’t stop. That’s when the U.S. government calls on Will Robie, a stone cold hitman who never questions orders and always nails his target. But Will Robie may have just made the first – and last – mistake of his career…

It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn’t seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable. He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a fourteen-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn’t an ordinary runaway — her parents were murdered, and her own life is in danger. Against all of his professional habits, Robie rescues her and finds he can’t walk away. He needs to help her.

Even worse, the more Robie learns about the girl, the more he’s convinced she is at the center of a vast cover-up, one that may explain her parents’ deaths and stretch to unimaginable levels of power.

Now, Robie may have to step out of the shadows in order to save this girl’s life… and perhaps his own.” – Goodreads

Review: I just liked how so very different it was. It kept twisting and turning and throwing stuff at you, that you just didn’t expect or you did expect, just not in the way it was done. Also, the characters were done so well. Each was multi-layered and real. None of them were annoying or fake which just made you want to connect with them all the more.

Julie was so well done, really have to bow down to the Author for her. She was a teenager but at the same time, the Author did so much justice to her character. 70% of the time when a teenager is added to the mix of an adult crime based book. The teenager is annoying or very naive. Wasn’t the case here. Really looking forward to reading the second in the series with Will Robie.